Government Contracts

Contract Awards

Navy Awards $593 Million Contract for Nuclear Propulsion Components. Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., Monroeville, Pa., is being awarded a $593,104,854 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Monroeville, Pa. (66 percent), and Schenectady, N.Y. (34 percent). No completion date or additional information is provided on naval nuclear propulsion program contracts. […]

SBA Amends Surety Bond Guarantee Regulations

The Small Business Administration has finalized, without change, a proposed rule ( ¶70,425.504) revising its Surety Bond Guarantee Program regulations. The rule conforms the regulations to certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (PL 112-239), including those that increase the contract amounts for which SBA is authorized to guarantee bonds, […]

Government’s Responsiveness Determination Was Flawed

The government’s determination two proposals were responsive to a solicitation was arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion, according to the Court of Federal Claims, because the proposals’ failure to provide required financial information was material. The National Park Service prospectus soliciting proposals for concession contracts to provide guided cross-country ski tours required offerors to […]

$24 Million FCA Penalty Was Constitutional

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed and remanded a district court’s decision declining to award a civil penalty under the False Claim Act because a $24 million judgment did not constitute an excessive fine under the Eighth Amendment. Following a jury verdict against the contractor on allegations it filed a false certificate […]

Major Contract Awards

Defense Logistics Agency Awards $872 Million Contract for Fire and Emergency Services Equipment. Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.; W.S. Darley Inc., Itasca, Ill.; Unifire, Spokane, Wash.; The Mallory Co., Longview, Wash.; Federal Resources, Stevensville, Md.; and L.N. Curtis & Sons, Oakland, Calif., have been awarded a maximum $872,000,000 firm-fixed-price, tailored logistics support program […]

“Peg” Rate Rises to 3⅛%

The Small Business Administration has set the optional “peg” rate for the October through December quarter of fiscal year 2014 at 3.125 percent. The prior quarter’s rate was 2.5 percent. The “peg” rate is a weighted average of the cost of money to the government for maturities similar to the average SBA direct loan. Pursuant […]

Inclusion of Recent Benefit Increases Proper for Segment Closing

A dispute over the correct date to use for a segment closing adjustment was summarily resolved in the contractor’s favor by the Court of Federal Claims because the contractor’s inclusion of pension benefit increases added shortly before the segment closing did not result in an inequitable calculation under original Cost Accounting Standard 413-50(c)(12). The parties […]

Rule Makes Administrative Revisions to the EPAAR

A direct final rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency makes administrative changes to the EPA Acquisition Regulation. The rule streamlines EPA acquisition processes to be consistent with and non-duplicative of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and makes minor corrections to the EPAAR. According to the EPA, it published the rule without a prior proposed rule […]

Sole-Source Procurement Improper, but No Remedy for Protester

Although a pre-award protester demonstrated the government’s selection of a sole-source network security framework violated the Competition in Contracting Act, 10 USC 2304(c), and the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Court of Federal Claims ruled “no viable remedy [was] at hand” because national security interests weighed against enjoining the procurement. The protester alleged the government’s decisions […]

Seven FAC 2005-69 Final Rules Amend the FAR

The Civilian Agency Acquisition and Defense Acquisition Regulations Councils have issued Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-69, which contains seven final rules amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The rules are: Item I—Definition of Contingency Operation (FAR Case 2013-003); Item II—Iran Threat Reduction (FAR Case 2012-030); Item III—Documenting Contractor Performance (FAR Case 2012-009); Item IV—Repeal of Sunset for […]