We have dedicated multiple posts to understanding the scope of jurisdiction over protests of task and delivery orders. Previous posts can be found here and here. Thanks to an amendment contained in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act [pdf], the issue remains somewhat unsettled. Fortunately, Congress still has a few years to set the record straight.

Before the 2013 NDAA, disappointed offerors could protest the issuance of task and delivery orders valued over $10 million regardless of whether the order was issued by a civilian or Department of Defense (DoD) agency. Both of the authorizing statutes providing for task order protest jurisdiction on civilian and DoD orders over $10 million were set to expire on September 30, 2016 (the “sunset provisions”).

Section 830 of the 2013 NDAA amends 10 U.S.C. § 2304c(e) by eliminating the sunset provision, providing for permanent GAO jurisdiction over challenges to DoD task and delivery orders over $10 million. However, this amendment applies only to the statute authorizing jurisdiction over DoD task and delivery orders. The corresponding statute providing for task order protest jurisdiction over civilian agency task and delivery orders over $10 million, 41 U.S.C. § 4106(e), is still set to expire on September 16, 2016. Continue Reading Decoding task order protest jurisdiction

The FAR Councils have issued a final rule addressing the prevention of personal conflicts of interest (PCOIs) for contractor employees performing acquisition functions closely associated with inherently governmental functions. 76 Fed. Reg. 68,017 (Nov. 2, 2011). The final rule amends the FAR to add Subpart 3.11 and a corresponding contract clause (FAR 52.203-16) requiring contractors to identify and prevent PCOIs of their covered employees and prohibiting covered employees who have access to non-public information gained by performance of a government contract from using it for personal gain. This Subpart implements the requirement set out in section 841(a) of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009.
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