News & Announcements
- April 17, 2014
- March 21, 2014
- March 19, 2014
National Park Service Director John Jarvis just announced that the agency will compensate concessioners whose operations were shut down last October due to the lack of government funds. The compensation will be the agency's waiving the concessioner's franchise fee for the month of October 2014.
- March 11, 2014
- December 6, 2013
- December 5, 2013
- November 26, 2013
- October 24, 2013
The Forest Service’s Acting Director of Forest Management has issued a memo (copy attached) to all the Regional Foresters addressing four scenarios:
A. Timber sales, the bid opening for which occurred prior to the recentgovernment shutdown;
B. Timber sales, the bid opening for which was scheduled to occur during the government shutdown but never took place;
C. Timber sales, the bid opening for which did take place during the government shutdown; and
D. Timber sales, the bid opening for which is/was scheduled to occur between October 16th and November 1st and has not occurred.
- October 21, 2013
It’s finished – right? Well, maybe, but think about a few items that may follow.
- October 9, 2013
With the shutdown now well into its second week and no end in sight, where do Federal contractors stand?
- CLIENT ALERT: The Government Shutdown's Effect on Forest Service Timber Sale and Stewardship ContractsOctober 8, 2013
As you may already have heard, as a result of the Federal shutdown, late last week the Chief of the Forest Service ordered Contracting Officers to provide written notice to all timber sale Purchasers and stewardship Contractors directing them to suspend operations until notified otherwise.
- October 2, 2013
First and most important, we recommend that parties continue to meet all filing deadlines for all Federal courts, the Boards of Contract Appeal, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). Certain deadlines are jurisdictional, such as the deadline for filing a contract appeal at the Court of Federal Claims or the Boards of Contract Appeal. Do not presume that any adjudicative body is completely closed.
Based on information now becoming available, the proper conservative approach is to timely make all filings or risk dismissal, etc. This is particularly true with statutory deadlines such as those provided in the Contract Disputes Act. The same is true concerning bid protest or small business size or status protests regardless of whether anyone is present in the government to receive such filings.
- September 26, 2013
In a few days, on October 1, because Congress has not yet provided appropriations for any agency or a continuing resolution to keep the government going into the new fiscal year, the federal government may shut down. If this occurs, federal buildings, military bases, national parks and many other government installations will close, and contracting officers and inspectors will not be at work. In many instances, those facts will preclude federal contractors of all types from performing their contracts. However, even if the government shuts down and will not permit the contractor to proceed it does not mean that the government will be liable for any damages (such as idle labor and/or equipment costs, unabsorbed overhead or even lost profits) that the contractor suffers as a result.
- New Smith Currie resource book to be published and endorsed by AGC of America, “Federal Socio-Economic Policies.”September 17, 2013
- September 16, 2013
- August 16, 2013
- July 12, 2013
- May 16, 2013
- April 25, 2013
On April 24, 2013 Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 286 into law creating section 558.0035, Florida Statutes. This new law grants individual design professionals employed by a business entity or an agent of the entity immunity from liability for economic damages resulting from negligence occurring within the course and scope of a professional services contract under certain conditions.
- April 24, 2013