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David Ginsberg is a partner and member of the Steering Committee of Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group and resident in the firm's Los Angeles office. David leads the firm’s State and Local Practice and in this role, assists clients with: (1) reviewing state and local opportunities (e.g., RFPs, RFIs, and RFQs); (2) participating in face-to-face (or virtual) negotiations with his government counterparts relating to contractual terms and conditions; (3) state and local level bid protests that arise in connection with a procurement; and (4) assessing ongoing contract performance issues that arise in information technology, infrastructure, and health care contracts. Should any disputes result from contract performance, David leverages this experience in order to lead clients successfully through the disputes process.

Join us today for our webinar Building a Border Wall: Opportunities, Contractual Risks, and Business Considerations. The Trump administration published two contract solicitations for the design-build of a “border wall” between the U.S. and Mexico. The RFPs (linked here and here) contemplate a multiple-award, multiple-phase approach for acquiring prototypes and, eventually, full construction.  

On Saturday, January 28, President Trump issued an Executive Order setting forth the ethics regulations governing current and future executive agency appointments, which is both more restrictive and less restrictive than the 2009 Obama Executive Order addressing the same issue.  Specifically, and with respect to the former, President Trump’s order bans all executive agency appointees from engaging in “lobbying activities” with respect to the particular agency in which the appointee served for a period of five years after leaving the Administration, and further prohibits such appointees from lobbying on behalf of a foreign government or political party during the remainder of their lifetimes (if such activities would require registration “under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938”).  See §§ 1.1, 1.4.  These two prohibitions were absent from the Obama-era counterpart and mirror two of Trump’s promises outlined in his Contract with the American Voter.
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On October 17, 2014, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) issued a solicitation for the construction and operation of large-scale solar and wind projects at the Fort Hood military base. Fort Hood is the largest active military duty post in the U.S., located approximately 60 miles north of Austin, Texas.

The RFP, which is the