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Incumbent Employees’ Self-Disclosure of Salaries is Not a Procurement Integrity Act Violation

Posted in Bid Protest, Legal Developments
In AlliantCorps, LLC, B-415744.2, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest by AlliantCorps, LLC (Alliant) alleging violations of the Procurement Integrity Act (PIA) by the Department of the Navy (Navy) following Alliant’s prior protest of a task order award to DKW Communications, Inc. (DKW).  Alliant asserted that DKW improperly received Alliant’s bid and proposal… Continue Reading

New Draft NIST Guidance on Systems Security Engineering

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legal Developments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published a draft special publication titled Systems Security Engineering: Resiliency Considerations for the Engineering of Trustworthy Secure Systems (Volume 2), which provides guidance to professionals responsible for the activities and tasks related to the system life cycle processes in NIST’s flagship publication, NIST Special Publication 800-160… Continue Reading

GAO Implements Changes to Bid Protest Process with New Regulations

Posted in Bid Protest
On April 2, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published Final Rule 83 FR 13817, amending its bid protest regulations to implement the Electronic Protest Docketing System, make administrative and clerical changes, and “streamline the bid protest process.” This Final Rule goes into effect on May 1, 2018.  We detail below some key changes it… Continue Reading

GAO Lets Stand an Agency’s OCI Waivers in Face of a Multi-Prong Challenge

Posted in Legal Developments, Organizational Conflict of Interest
In the face of an actual or potential organizational conflict of interest (OCI), the potential solutions are often limited. There are several options for contractors and the government that are broadly categorized as mitigation, avoidance, neutralization, limitations on future contracting, and exclusion. Although used sparingly, the FAR also provides that the government can “waive” actual… Continue Reading