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Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Tags: Heidi Burakiewicz , Mehri & Skalet PLLC , DHS , Federal Drive , shutdown , budget , furloughs , Congress

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:11am 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: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo & Powell PLLC , Federal Trade Commission , GAO , U.S. Court of Federal Claims , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , FTC

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:29am EST
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Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth P.C.

The Office of Special Counsel recently blocked the removal of a TSA inspector in South Carolina. The inspector was also a whistleblower. Kimberly Barnett alleges her supervisor violated agency safety rules and falsified the amount of time he worked and spent in training. The supervisor retaliated unsuccessfully. Debra Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin for this week's Legal Loop segment to discuss the significance of this case.

Tags: Debra Roth , Office of Special Counsel , Shaw, Bransford & Roth , TSA , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Kimberly Barnett

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:45am 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: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo & Powell , bid protest , contracting , Plan X , Navy ,

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: Joe Petrillo , contracting , ICE , GSA , Petrillo and Powell , DHS

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:26pm 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: Joe Petrillo , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , contracting ,

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 01:00pm 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: Joe Petrillo , Federal Drive , Veterans Affairs , Rotech , contracting , acquisition , SBA

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:09pm EDT
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Brian Bouffard, Former Navy JAG Lt. Commander

Pretrial hearings are underway in the case against the man accused of masterminding the bombing of the U.S.S Cole 14 years ago. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri could receive the death penalty for charges including terrorism and the killing of 17 soldiers. A new judge, Colonel Vance Spath, has just taken over the case at a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp speak with Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Bouffard on the Federal Drive. He takes them inside the world of military commissions.

Tags: contractor , USS Cole , Brian Bouffard , military commissions ,

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:56pm EDT
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Debra Roth, partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

Perhaps nowhere in the federal workforce is trust more frail than in the intelligence community. It is still reeling from the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Director of National Intelligence recently issued two policies to clamp down on employees' speech. The first says only a few authorized officials can talk with journalists. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom and Emily looked at the policy's impact on trust in the intelligence community as part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. Employment lawyer Debra Roth said on The Federal Drive the new policy stands out because it covers unclassified information.

Tags: Shaw, Bransford & Roth , Federal Drive , Debra Roth , Intelligence Community , workforce , whistleblowers

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Steve Ryan, Corporate Litigator at McDermott, Will and Emery

The Defense Department is not keeping track of all the senior officials who leave for jobs with contractors. Congress requires those officials, including flag officers and generals, to get written legal opinions before moving on. Lots of paperwork involved. But at DoD, the inspector general says the database that tracks the moves is incomplete. In this week's Legal Loop, Steve Ryan, an experienced corporate litigator and head of the government strategies practice at McDermott, Will and Emery, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the revolving door at the Pentagon.

Tags: Steve Ryan , McDermott Will & Emery , Federal Drive , DoD

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:11am EDT
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