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Is mail dead?

Posted in Postal Service Contracting

Is mail dead?  Let’s ask Google, the ubiquitous source of all things online. This should be a lay-up on the home court of those who would say yes. And guess what. The top ten results for a Google search of “Is mail dead?” produces seven articles on why e-mail is dead, two unrelated articles, and… Continue Reading

FedEx tops list of U.S. Postal Service contractors in 2013

Posted in Postal Service Contracting

Federal Express Corporation was the U.S. Postal Service’s largest contractor in fiscal year 2013. The next largest USPS supplier was EnergyUnited, which provides consolidated telecommunication and energy billing services. Military air mail transportation provider Kalitta Air was third. Six of the Postal Service’s top 10 suppliers served the agency’s transportation needs. The Top 150 USPS supplier list is… Continue Reading

Postal Service sued for using “sexier” Statue of Liberty on stamp

Posted in Intellectual Property, Postal Service Contracting

When selecting a photo to use on its popular “Liberty” stamps, the Postal Service unknowingly used a replica of the 128-year old Statue of Liberty. Instead of the original version welcoming the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses in New York harbor,  USPS selected the “fresh-faced,” “sultry” and “sexier” 17-year old version summoning merry-makers… Continue Reading

“Accrual” of government claims under the Contract Disputes Act

Posted in Claims and Disputes, Construction Contracting, Contract Administration, Cost Issues, False Claims Act, Postal Service Contracting

The Contract Disputes Act imposes a six-year statute of limitations on all claims, whether they are asserted by the contractor or by the Government. See 41 U.S.C. § 7103(a)(4)(A). The limitations period begins to run upon accrual of a claim, which is “the date when all events . . . that fix the alleged liability of either… Continue Reading

USPS’s de-regulated purchasing policies stymie defective pricing fraud cases

Posted in Compliance, Cost Issues, Postal Service Contracting

De-regulation of the U.S. Postal Service’s purchasing policies has stymied the prosecution of defective pricing fraud cases, according to a September 18, 2013 report issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG).  U.S. Attorney’s offices have thus declined to criminally prosecute suppliers for submitting defective cost or pricing data in procurement actions valued at… Continue Reading

U.S. Postal Service hunting for patent infringers

Posted in Intellectual Property, Postal Service Contracting

“Oh, a-hunting we will go!” The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) is looking for a supplier to help it track down infringers of the agency’s patents and other intellectual property. Under a solicitation issued on March 26, 2013, the OIG intends to start with five patents that have the “highest potential for… Continue Reading

Consultant and attorney costs are recoverable under change proposals

Posted in Claims and Disputes, Construction Contracting, Contract Administration, Cost Issues, Postal Service Contracting

Contractors are entitled to recover consultant and attorney costs reasonably incurred in preparing, pricing, and negotiating a change order under federal government contracts, including U.S. Postal Service contracts. That’s the holding in Tip Top Construction, Inc. v. Donahoe, No. 2011-1509, issued on September 19, 2012. The Court overturned a Postal Service Board of Contract Appeals… Continue Reading