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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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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Contracting officers have a lot of authority when it comes to deciding who wins federal contracts, but they don't have unlimited discretion. That's what the contracting officer who awarded a deal to USIS found out. In a sustaining protest, the Government Accountability Office says the contracting officer should have paid more attention to allegations of fraud against the company. In this week's Legal Loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Petrillo and Powell , Contracting officers , USIS , GAO , contracting , acquisition

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:38am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Consider this: You're a contracting officer. Your technical representative recommends one contractor out of three who are competing for task orders. You give eight orders to the recommended one, two to another and zero to the third contractor. Now, suppose your representatives were bribed by that first contractor. Yep, it all ended up in court. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the lessons learned.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , contracting , Legal Loop

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How's this for a bid protest case? Two companies bid and both have the same price for the project. One company gets higher ratings for what the source selection authority called a multitude of highly innovative processes and insightful technology trends. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the case unfolded.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , contracting

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:42pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A big contractor goes to court to challenge the Veterans Affairs Department's plan to limit a solicitation for services to small businesses - and the big guy wins. The details of the case make it one to watch, according to our procurement expert. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case of Rotech v. United States on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Federal Drive , Veterans Affairs , Rotech , Legal Loop , contracting , acquisition , SBA

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:09pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Probably every contracting officer has been tempted to do it. Lowball the size of an acquisition so that it falls under small business rules. Or accept a lowball bid from a contractor that knows better. A part of the Transportation Department tried this with a contractor that was about to graduate from the 8(a) program. Oops. The deal ended up in court. Lots of egg splatter to go around. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the case in this week's legal loop segment.

Tags: Petrillo and Powell , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 10:19am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

ASBCA sounds like the people telling you to be nice to dogs. But the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals is all about military contracting, and what happens when it goes wrong. The Board has adopted some new rules to help streamline things and iron out ambiguities. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details.

Tags: Petrillo and Powell , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 05:22pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

After spending $1 billion on a failed border security fence project, the Homeland Security Department restarted the project a couple of years ago. But it didn't get far. A $145 million award for seven new surveillance towers has been halted thanks to a successful protest. Raytheon filed the protest against the winning bidder, EFW, an affiliate of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit. The Government Accountability Office sustained the protest. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out the case.

Tags: GAO , DHS , contract protest , border fence , immigration ,

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:56am EDT
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FAR Council's broad reading of counterfeit parts law causes concerns

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council would require all contractors at the prime and sub levels to report counterfeit or suspected counterfeit parts to the government.

Tags: counterfeit parts , industry , acquisition , Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council , Federal Drive , contracting , Ariel Levin-Waldman

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:13am EDT
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