News & Announcements
- Partner, Doug Tabeling Discusses State Budgets, Financing and Procurement Trends for Construction ProjectsJuly 8, 2014
Partner, Doug Tabeling discusses state budgets, financing and procurement trends for construction projects. For the complete article, click here.
- June 19, 2014
In an interim rule published June 12, 2014, effective July 14, 2014, the Small Business Administration has updated its revenue based size standards for small businesses. Citing the need to adjust the size standards due to inflation at least once every five years, SBA made the first adjustment to the size standards for inflation since 2008. The size standards pertaining to the construction industry have all been increased.
- CLIENT ALERT: Failure to Comply with the Service Contract Act Leads to Three Year Debarment of Forest Service ContractorMay 1, 2014
In last month's edition of Legal Briefs for the Timber Industry, we reiterated the fact that holders of Integrated Resource Service Contracts (IRSCs) like all service contractors are legally required to ensure that all covered employees that work on the contract (including employees of subcontractors) are paid the minimum hourly wage and benefits provided in the Service Contract Act (SCA) Wage Determination that is attached to the contract. (Subcontractors are also responsible for seeing that their employees are paid the required wages and benefits.)
- 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