Government Contracts

  • November 1, 2010

    GAO Sustains Bid Protest Over VA Hospital Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has sustained a bid protest brought by a construction company over a hospital renovation project, finding that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shouldn't have rejected the company's proposal simply because it was identified by two different names in its bid.

  • November 1, 2010

    High Court To Weigh Rights In Gov’t-Funded Inventions

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would hear a dispute between Stanford University and Roche Molecular Systems Inc. over whether individual inventors or contractors retain intellectual property rights to federally funded inventions.

  • November 1, 2010

    GAO Says Major Weapons Subcontracts Lack Visibility

    A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office recommends that the U.S. Department of Defense clarify its guidelines to improve transparency in the structure and management of major weapons system subcontractors, some of which have been blamed for costly delays on critical programs.

  • October 29, 2010

    RMI To Pay $1M To End FCA Allegations

    Rocky Mountain Instrument Co., a manufacturer of optical devices for laser and imaging systems, has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, in addition to a criminal penalty issued in a related case earlier in 2010.

  • October 29, 2010

    DOD Needs To Improve Acquisition Training, GAO Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense needs to beef up training as it seeks to improve its acquisition staff, particularly when it comes to awarding contracts on factors other than just price, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • October 29, 2010

    GAO Denies Protest In Battle For Warhead Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a conflict of interest protest from Ellwood National Forge Co., which had tried to stop a rival from competing for a warhead assembly contract after it hired away one of Ellwood's former employees.

  • October 29, 2010

    GSA Subcontractor Pleads Guilty To $1.9M Theft

    A former government subcontractor has pled guilty to stealing nearly $1.9 million from funds designated for construction projects at the National Institutes of Health.

  • October 29, 2010

    GSA Upgrades Green Construction Standards

    The U.S. General Services Administration has stepped up its green design requirements for the federal buildings and major renovations it oversees in an effort to increase sustainability and energy efficiency.

  • October 29, 2010

    Ex-Pfizer Exec Takes Genotropin Suit To 1st Circ.

    A former Pfizer Inc. vice president is appealing the dismissal of a qui tam suit that alleges the drugmaker — which pled guilty in a related criminal probe — and affiliate Pharmacia Corp. paid kickbacks to physicians and marketed growth hormone deficiency medication Genotropin for off-label uses.

  • October 29, 2010

    EREH Loses GSA Property Contract Fight

    A judge has denied a losing bidder’s protest of a contract award for a new military medical center over claims that the U.S. General Services Administration failed to properly vet a rival bidder's offer.

  • October 28, 2010

    Maine Senators Fight Cuts To Shipbuilding Programs

    Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, are urging the Senate to reinstate full funding for two U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs after a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee slashed their budgets by $162 million.

  • October 28, 2010

    VA Official Flouted Veteran-Owned Business Law: COFC

    A contracting officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to follow regulations regarding veteran-owned businesses when she awarded a contract for laundry services at six VA hospitals to a nonprofit agency for the handicapped, a federal judge has ruled.

  • October 28, 2010

    GAO Calls For Better Management Of Federal Records

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released two reports on the National Archives and Records Administration, saying that weaknesses in the federal government's record management system could put sensitive data at risk.

  • October 28, 2010

    Lockheed Settles Antitrust Suit Over War Planes

    Lockheed Martin Corp. has settled a suit accusing it of pushing a competitor out of the market for work on the P-3 series of airplanes that are used to detect submarines and conduct other maritime surveillance and war missions from the sky.

  • October 28, 2010

    GAO Says Bid Protest Doesn't Withstand Web Search

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has turned back a contractor’s bid protest, saying the contractor’s claim that the bid winner was erroneously credited with contract work done by an unrelated “predecessor company” doesn't withstand a simple Web search.

  • October 28, 2010

    UXB Loses Protest Over Demining Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has tossed the protest of a company that accused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of improperly opening proposals for removing mines in Afghanistan to an unrestricted pool of contractors, rather than a pool of small businesses.

  • October 28, 2010

    EPA Faces Acquisition Personnel Crunch, Report Says

    A new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is raising concerns that the environmental agency's contract and grant workforce may not be sufficient to handle the heavy workload demands placed on them by the stimulus and other federal programs.

  • October 28, 2010

    Protest Of DOD Charge Card Contract Rejected

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has rejected a company's protest of the Department of Defense's decision to award a credit card management contract to a competitor, backing the agency's preference to go with a more experienced government contractor.

  • October 28, 2010

    Dems Demand Probe Of DOD Subcontractor Program

    A group of U.S. House of Representatives Democrats led by Rep. Yvette D. Clark, D-N.Y., is seeking an investigation into the U.S. Department of Defense's small-business subcontracting program, saying the program may actually be benefiting large companies at small subcontractors' expense.

  • October 27, 2010

    Army Contracting Officer Cops To Taking Bribes

    A U.S. Army major pled guilty Wednesday to accepting bribes from foreign companies in exchange for steering military contracts to the companies while working as a contracting officer in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.