November 13, 2023

GAO Files Annual Report to Congress

The General Accountability Office (GAO) filed its annual report to Congress summarizing the protest filings made during the fiscal year from October 1, 2022 thru September 30, 2023. According to the report, dated October 26, 2023, the GAO received 1,957 protests, 38 cost claims and 30 requests for reconsideration. In comparison to the previous fiscal year, the protest filings increased 22 percent. The report notes that a “significant number” of protests were not decided on the merits by

July 28, 2023

New FAR Clause Restricting “Tik Tok” App

On June 2, 2023, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued a new contract clause prohibiting use of the ”Tik Tok” social networking application on “information technology” owned or managed by the Federal Government.    The clause, entitled “Prohibition on a ByteDance Covered Application (Jun 2023)”, is contained in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) under FAR 52.204-27.  Government contractors can expect Federal Agencies to add the new clause to existing contr

October 14, 2022

Enhanced Postaward Debrief Procedure

Following issuance by the Department of Defense of Final Rule No. 87 FR 15808 in March of 2022, unsuccessful offers on negotiated contracts, task and delivery orders valued at more than $10 million are able to submit follow-on questions related to a “required” post-award debriefing provided by the procuring Agency. Under the new procedures set forth in the Final Rule, the procuring Agency shall provide unsuccessful offerors “an opportunity to submit additional written questions related to

April 21, 2021

New „Executive Order“ makes changes to Buy American Regulations

In Executive Order (“EO”) No. 14005, dated January 25, 2021, President Biden directed several changes to regulations issued in connection with the Buy American Act of 1933, which sets for the policy preference for Federal Agencies to purchase American made products. Under certain circumstances, Federal Agencies may “waive” the buy American requirement. To better control the use of such waivers, the EO establishes a “Made in America Office” (“MAO”), which is charged with overseei