In June 2018, CACI, Inc., challenged the award of a $56 million task order to another offeror. CACI argued in part that the procuring agency, the General Services Administration (GSA), had engaged in unfair and misleading oral discussions with the protestor as compared with the eventual awardee, Digital Management, Inc. (DMI).
Courts and boards have narrowly construed when a contract will incorporate extrinsic terms by reference. A good example of this practice occurred in a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Peterson Industrial Depot, Inc. v. U.S., 140 Fed. Cl. 485 (2018), where the court denied a contractor’s breach-of-contract claim because the contract lacked the specificity to make outside documents part of the agreement.
On December 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). A number of the provisions increase opportunities for large and small businesses and open the Government contracting market to a number of vendors who otherwise might not be interested.
If you are a contractor or subcontractor that handles controlled unclassified information (CUI), the deadline for implementing security requirements under DFARS § 252.204-7000 (and following sections) and NIST SP 800-171 is December 31, 2017.