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Washingtonian Magazine Names Arlington Lawyer “Top Attorney”

Posted on Dec 18th, 2015 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

The Washingtonian magazine has named Arlington lawyer, and Albo & Oblon partner, one of Virginia's "Top Attorneys."  He practices civil…

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Most Expensive Contractor Wins Bid Protest; Three Cheaper Competitors were Vague on Subcontractor Use.

Posted on Apr 21st, 2014 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

Despite being the most expensive of four bidders, a contractor bidding to install fiber optic cable in Jordan wins its bid protest.  This case is a…

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Ask the Bid Protest Attorney: Are Bid Protests “Worth It?”

Posted on Aug 20th, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

We are often asked if pursing a bid protest is worth the time, effort, and money.  Obviously, the disposition of any case depends on the facts and…

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Government Contractors Beware: Federal Court Declares Teaming Agreement Unenforceable

Posted on May 23rd, 2013 - By CivLaw - 0 Comments

Two government contractors entered into a Teaming Agreement for the purpose of working together towards securing a prime contract from the Federal…

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Another Small-Business Win; Set-Asides Are Themselves “Competitive”

Posted on Mar 1st, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

Here is another win for small-business contractors from the Court of Federal Claims. In an effort to save its contract from a small-business…

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Contractor Loses Bid Protest Where Agency Incrementally Corrects Its Mistakes With Great Reluctance; Ask the Bid Protest Attorney

Posted on Feb 21st, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

A government agency took corrective action in a series of incremental steps over the course of many months to address a contractor's pre-award bid…

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Contractor Excluded from a Sole Source Contract Wins Bid Protest

Posted on Feb 15th, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

This case is a good checklist for contractors upset at being left out of a sole source procurement. Innovation Development Enterprises of…

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Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Wins Bid Protest When Agency Improperly Challenged Its Status: Ask the Bid Protest Attorney

Posted on Feb 15th, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

Miles Construction is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business ("SDVOSB").  As such, it enjoys priority when bidding on some federal…

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Contractor Loses Bid Protest by Asking a Bad Question

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

Every trial lawyer knows that it is dangerous to ask a question to a witness unless he already knows the answer.  In this bid protest case, a…

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Likening the Federal Government’s Argument to “Alice in Wonderland,” the Court Sustains a Bid Protest Where the Agency Put an Incorrect Deadline on Its Website

Posted on Jan 16th, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

Who says that government contract law is not fun?  While it is not common for a federal judge to cite Lewis Carroll's, Alice's Adventures in…

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Small Business Set-Asides are Themselves “Competitive.”

Posted on Jan 11th, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

If the law requires competitive bidding for a government contract, and an agency designates a contract as one for small businesses only, does the…

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Contractor Wins Bid Protest for a Second Time Because Agency Doesn’t Document Its Decisionmaking

Posted on Jan 7th, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

A government contractor wins its second bid protest in a row at the Court of Federal Claims.  In this latest instance, it won because the agency,…

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Contractor Wins Contract Despite “Cribbing” a Proprietary Staffing Plan from a Competitor

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2013 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

Your Recruiting Company, Inc. ("YRC") and Golden Key Group, L.L.C. had once been in a joint venture together.  As is common in such relationships,…

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Agency Successfully In-Sources Work with Minimal Savings; Incumbent Contractor Loses Bid Protest

Posted on Dec 27th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

The concept of "timing is everything" applies to most things in life.  With the rapid changes of government contracting law, the concept is…

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Federal Appeals Court Denies Trademark for the Word “!@#$%^&*()”

Posted on Dec 20th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

It is not often that a federal appellate court will write one of George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" over a dozen times in a published legal opinion…

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A Contract Modification Doesn’t Get Rebid Unless it is a Cardinal Change

Posted on Dec 18th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

American Apparel, Inc., along with Bluewater Defense, Inc. provides coats and other all-weather clothing to the United States Defense Logistics…

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Court yanks award to disabled workers who clearly couldn’t do the work.

Posted on Dec 13th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

In an example of good intentions over common sense, the Army pulled a particularly hazardous, physical contract from an incumbent contractor, Systems…

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Bid Protest Denied Where Contractor Failed to Protest Before the Award

Posted on Dec 12th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

Timing is everything in law.  In Plott Bakery Products, the government contractor complained that the Defense Logistics Agency failed to award her…

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Government contractor’s extradition from Mexico for criminal trial is upheld

Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

A government contractor accused of supplying defective and non-conforming spare parts to the government appealed his criminal conviction on the basis…

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Company loses its right to argue bid protest because it did not file in advance of the award.

Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

The only thing worse than losing a bid protest is losing because you waited too long to file -- a lesson painfully learned by a disappointed…

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Federal Government Reduces Government Contract Spending by 4%

Posted on Dec 6th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

The Washington Post reports that federal government spending has declined by 4% from the last fiscal year.  This amounts to $20 billion dollars.…

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Contract Awarded to Company for More than Twice the Price of a Competitor is Still “Best Value”

Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

In this post-award bid protest case, a task order from the Department of Labor seeking quotations for the maintenance and operation of its Integrated…

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Solicitations Cannot Have Terms Contrary to Those Used in Customary Commercial Practices

Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

In this pre-award bid protest, the General Service Administration (“GAO”) sought offers from contractors to provide various federal agencies with…

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Contractor Wins Bid Protest by Arguing that “Class Waiver” of Customary Commercial Practices was Irrationally Applied

Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

Two large food distributors interested in competing for a $9.3 million contract to supply food to military and civilian customers in Texas and New…

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Agency’s Use of Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE) was Rational

Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

In this post-award bid protest case, a contractor who offered the government a very low price on a government contract failed to win the award.  It…

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Bid Protest Successful Where Agency Failed to Document “Best-Value Tradeoff Analysis”

Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

A government contractor wins its post-award protest where the agency failed to adequately document its “best value” analysis.  This is the…

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Who is a “Non-Responsible” Bidder? Who is a “Non-Responsive” Bidder?

Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

A disappointed government contractor lost its bid protest, and the Court of Federal Claims explained the law on responsibility and responsiveness in…

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Appellate Court Slams Down Army Corps of Engineers for Following a GAO Recommendation

Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

Often in the government contract law world, following a recommendation by the United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) in a…

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Federal Court Slams Down Army for Following Informal Advice of GAO Lawyer on Corrective Actions in a Bid Protest

Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

When the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recommends that a government agency take “corrective action” in procurement by making…

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Bid Protester Wins Protest Where the Agency Improperly Awards Contract to Company with an “Organizational Conflict of Interest”

Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 - By David Oblon - 0 Comments

The Department of Defense Unites States Special Operations Command (“USSOCOM”) awarded their Information Technology Service Management…

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