From 30,000 feet, we all know about the dramatic increase in federal contract expenditures over the last 10 years. An interesting report [pdf] published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies takes a much closer look at DOD contract spending since 1990. It does a good job of quantifying the increase in service contracts, the increase in Army contracts as a percentage of overall DOD spending, and the increase in the use of multiple-award contracts such as the Federal Supply Schedule. It concludes with a comparison of the list of the Top 20 DOD contractors from 1999 and the same list from 2009. Definitely worth a read.
As evidence in litigation, email is often useful and sometimes dispositive. Because it is less formal than correspondence and more permanent than the telephone, it can be an important piece of the puzzle in complex cases. But what happens when the use of email conflicts with a requirement in the contract? Even then, it should not be taken lightly. In Mabus v. General Dynamics C4 Systems, Inc., 633 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2011), the Federal Circuit affirmed the government’s use of email to issue delivery orders even when it was prohibited by the contract.