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The Federal Acquisition Reform Act and the Clinger-Cohen Act revolutionized the way the federal government acquires commercial items and services. We help our clients – both companies venturing into the government marketplace for the first time and experienced government contractors – deal with the resulting thicket of ever-changing statutes, regulations, procedures, and case law by:

  • Providing guidance on the threshold questions of what are commercial items and services.
  • Advising clients regarding unique terms and conditions in commercial item contracts, such as the clauses on warranty and termination.
  • Assisting subcontractors selling commercial items to government primes, and government primes acquiring items from commercial subcontractors.
  • Advising clients on award and administrative issues concerning government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACS) and other multiple award ID/IQ contracts.
  • Establishing internal systems for clients to comply with requirements of commercial item government contracts and conducting internal investigation of compliance issues.

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'Buy American' Drug Decision Opens Door To Foreign Supplies Bloomberg Law (February 18, 2020)
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"Fastest 5 Minutes: CMMC, GSA Schedule, and Cost Accounting News (February 14)," Podcast: Fastest 5 Minutes in Government Contracts (February 14, 2020). Contacts: Peter Eyre, David B. Robbins
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"Double Take: The DoD OIG Recommends Attempting to Recoup $43 Million in Purportedly Expressly Unallowable Costs Not Previously Disallowed," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 13, 2020). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, Charles Baek, Catherine O. Shames
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"Fastest 5 Minutes: How Marijuana Laws Affect Government Contractors (February 12)," Podcast: Fastest 5 Minutes in Government Contracts (February 12, 2020). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Trina Fairley Barlow
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"New Rules Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods Impact E-Commerce," International Trade Bulletin (February 11, 2020). Contacts: John B. Brew, David R. Stepp, Lorraine M. Campos, Paul M. Rosen, Peter Eyre
Client Alert/Newsletter
"ABA Hosts Joint Meeting to Discuss Procurement Collusion Strike Force," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 11, 2020). Contacts: Shawn R. Johnson, Gail D. Zirkelbach
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"Federal Circuit Confirms Qualification as a "U.S.-Made End Product" under the TAA, Does Not Require Substantial Transformation in the U.S.," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 10, 2020). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Lorraine M. Campos, Adelicia R. Cliffe
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"Let’s Talk FCA: Top False Claims Act Developments of 2019 (February 2020)," Podcast: Let's Talk FCA (February 10, 2020). Contact: Mana Elihu Lombardo
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Enhanced Debriefings Work So Why Can't GSA Move Faster To Make Them Permanent? Federal News Network (February 10, 2020)
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"Application of the Spearin Doctrine Entitles Contractor to Recover FCA Litigation Costs," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 7, 2020). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, J. Chris Haile, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, John Nakoneczny
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