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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It was only a mile of fencing. The task order from the Army Corps of Engineers to Marcon Engineering looked straightforward: Build a section of barrier along the Mexican border. Then they started digging, and the project turned into a years-long legal battle. Eventually, a judge handed the government its head on a platter. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the facts and lessons learned from this case.

Tags: Petrillo & Powell , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Army , contracting

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 09:24am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It's not complicated to avoid patent infringement. But even federal agencies sometimes do it sometimes even when they helped the company that developed the patented technology. In the case of Liberty Ammunition and the lead-free bullet, the government learned an expensive lesson. In this week's Legal Loop, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this cautionary tale.

Tags: Petrillo & Powell , Legal Loop , patent infringement , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 09:18am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

If a program manager asks a company to bid on a highly technical requirement, you want to be sure the winning contractor or its subs can actually do the work. If it uses consultants to win the work, you could have a problem. That's the gist of a recent protest case that ruled out consultants. Joe Petrillo is a procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell in Washington. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this case.

Tags: Petrillo and Powell , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , contracting

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Federal contractors are taking a magnifying glass to the fine print in their contracts with the government. Or they should be. The General Services Administration has proposed a set of rules known as class deviation. In a nutshell, it wants all contracts expunged of boilerplate clauses that run against the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Joe Petrillo is a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell. In this morning's Legal Loop, he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what GSA hopes to do.

Tags: Petrillo and Powell , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Legal Loop , contracting , FAR

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:22am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It may sound odd, but source selection officials have the authority to use more than one selection approach within a single procurement. And it looks like they're using that authority more often. You can find this authority in an often-overlooked section of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, FAR Part 15.101. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how this works and what it means.

Tags: Petrillo & Powell , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , source selection , FAR , Acquisition , procurement

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:28am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

When it comes to federal procurement, some things never change. Among the eternals companies have to avoid organizational conflicts of interest. Some recent cases drive home that point, and show how even some big companies that should know better can get caught. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: Acquisition , Petrillo & Powell , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 09:16am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A protest by a California man, who claimed his entry in a Federal Trade Commission contest wasn't properly evaluated, was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office in 2013. However, the protester, David Frankel, followed up by suing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In this week's Legal Loop segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this new ruling further.

Tags: Petrillo & Powell PLLC , Federal Trade Commission , GAO , Legal Loop , U.S. Court of Federal Claims , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , FTC

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:29am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. If you tell contractors bidding on a big procurement you're going to use Plan X for evaluating prices, you better use Plan X. Otherwise you could lose a protest. That's what happened to the Navy in a $2.5 billion program. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more of what happened and the lessons learned in this week's Legal Loop.

Tags: Petrillo & Powell , bid protest , contracting , Plan X , Navy , Legal Loop

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:34am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

When awarding a competitively-bid contract on past performance, you better make sure you look carefully at references the bidders provide. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found this out the hard way. It lost a protest when a services contractor complained ICE didn't do its due diligence on past performance. The Government Accountability Office agreed. In this week's Legal Loop Segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the lessons learned from the case.

Tags: contracting , ICE , GSA , Legal Loop , Petrillo and Powell , DHS

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:26pm EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

An energy inspector general investigation has found several problems with the way Sandia National Laboratories awarded billions of dollars in maintenance and operations contracts to Lockheed Martin. The IG found a lack of competition and violation of at least one important statute. In this week's legal loop, attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Driveto explain what this investigation means for Sandia Martin.

Tags: Petrillo & Powell , Energy , inspector general , Sandia National Laboratory , Lockheed Martin

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:40am EST
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