Jade Totman

Jade Totman

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Jade Totman represents large and small contractors involved in domestic and international government procurements, primarily in the defense, aerospace, information technology, energy, construction, international development, and financial services sectors. He routinely works with contractors on nuanced business and legal matters that involve a variety of complex federal laws and regulations, including Foreign Military Sales and Direct Commercial Sales, audits and investigations, procurement and non-procurement suspension and debarment, corporate transactions, procurement integrity, and fraud. He has extensive experience litigating pre- and post-award bid protests, and he regularly represents contractors with claims, REAs, performance and prime-sub disputes, and contract terminations.

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Post Hoc Proposal Reevaluation Exacerbates Error in Award Decision

Last Friday, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a public version of Delfasco, LLC, B-409514.3 (March 2, 2015), a decision noteworthy because of how the GAO dealt with an agency’s post hoc reevaluation of proposals.  The protestor, Delfasco, LLC (“Delfasco”), had an incumbent contract to sell dummy practice bombs to the U.S. Army, and it … Continue Reading

Final Rule Revises Many SBA Regulations

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has released a final rule revising many small business size and contracting program regulations found in 13 C.F.R. Parts 121, 124-127, effective on June 30, 2016.  The revisions, which implement reforms required by the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act, include the following:… Continue Reading

A Change to the SDO Position at NASA

On March 8, 2016, a final rule changed the position of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (“NASA”) suspending and debarring official (“SDO”).  The SDO had been NASA’s Assistant Administrator for Procurement.  The final rule reassigns the position to NASA’s Deputy General Counsel.  Public comments were not accepted because NASA concluded that the change “affects … Continue Reading

Contractor Defeats Government’s Opportunistic Allegations of Fraud

On October 31, 2015, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (CoFC) in Horn & Associates, Inc. v. United States (No. 08-415C) rejected three fraud-based counterclaims that were filed by the U.S. Government in response to a breach of contract action brought by the plaintiff, Horn & Associates (Horn), through a certified claim under the Contract … Continue Reading

GAO Holds That Contractor’s Letters Are, In Fact, Agency-Level Protests

By sending a letter to the contracting officer, did I unwittingly file a pre-award, agency-level bid protest? That is a question a contractor might ask after reading Coulson Aviation (USA), Inc., B-411525 (Aug. 14, 2015), which reiterates the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (“GAO”) view that a contractor’s subjective intent is not determinative as to whether its … Continue Reading

GSA Seeks Input on Eliminating IT Schedule 70’s Two-Year Experience Requirement

Last month, we discussed Information Technology (IT) Schedule 70, one of the largest contract vehicles administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). GSA now is evaluating whether Schedule 70 should be made more accessible to certain small contractors, new IT providers, and other, similarly situated firms.… Continue Reading

DoD Issues Three Cloud Computing and Security Documents for Public Comment

On July 24, 2015, the Defense Information Security Agency (“DISA”) issued three draft documents (available here for download) concerning the adoption of secure cloud computing systems by the Department of Defense (“DoD”).  DISA is tasked with developing DoD’s security requirements guides for cybersecurity policies, standards, architectures, security controls, and validation procedures.  Here, the just-released, draft … Continue Reading

U.S., U.K. Governments Seek Cyber Innovations from Private Sector

The private sector is likely to produce critical cyber innovations—at least, that is what the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”) and the U.K. Centre for Defence Enterprise (“CDE”) would like to see. In the United States, although the internet may have been invented at DARPA, DARPA is turning to a private sector competition to protect … Continue Reading

An Acceptable Proposal: Set Appropriately High, Clear Standards for DoD’s Auditors and LPTA Competitions

On April 30, 2015, the House Armed Services Committee passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2016, with an amendment (Log #325rl) that could shape how the Department of Defense (“DoD”) acquires audit and audit readiness services for its Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (“FIAR”) Plan. Under the FIAR Plan, … Continue Reading

Recent Application of “International Agreement” Exception Raises Questions Regarding Bid Protest Challenges to Foreign Military Sales

A recent opinion by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (the “Court”)—Hyperion, Inc. v. United States, No. 14-870C, — Fed. Cl. — (Mar. 18, 2015)—is noteworthy for two reasons. First, it illustrates the “international agreement” exception to the Competition in Contracting Act (“CICA”). This exception permits the U.S. Government to award a contract to a … Continue Reading

Increasing U.S. Sales of Defense Articles and Services to Jordan

Despite other areas of disagreement involving the defense budget and U.S. military strategy in the Middle East, the Obama Administration and Senate Republicans might be uniting to fast-track the sale of U.S. defense articles and services to U.S. allies fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”). Consider three recent developments involving Jordan.… Continue Reading

New SIGAR Audit Report Says . . . Very Little

On January 15, 2015, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (“SIGAR”) released a new report, Department of Defense: More Than 75 Percent of All SIGAR Audit and Inspection Report Recommendations Have Been Implemented (“SIGAR Report”).  At 86 pages, the SIGAR Report might be expected to robustly catalogue and analyze how the Department of Defense (“DOD”) … Continue Reading

Alleging Agency Bias: Bid Protest Considerations and Open Questions

When a bid protester decides to accuse an agency of bias, there usually are two separate, potentially cross-cutting concerns: (1) how the allegation might impact customer relations; and (2) whether the allegation will have traction at the GAO or the Court of Federal Claims (the “Court”).  A recent opinion by the Court offers some perspective on the … Continue Reading

Bilateral Security Agreement Could Mean Afghan Tax Relief for U.S. Contractors

Yesterday the White House announced the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement (“BSA”) between the United States and the Afghan Government of National Unity, as well as a Status of Forces Agreement between the Afghan Government and NATO.  Together these agreements allow approximately 12,000 U.S. and NATO troops to remain in Afghanistan after December 31, … Continue Reading

Request for Public Comments on “Alternative Measures” for Calculating Allowable Employee Compensation Costs

A Federal Register notice has requested public comments on “alternative measures” for capping the reimbursement of contractor employee compensation.  This notice follows a June 24, 2014 interim rule from the Department of Defense (“DOD”), the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that implements Section 702 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of … Continue Reading

Cleared Intelligence Contractors Readying for New Cybersecurity Reporting Requirements

When it became law on July 7, 2014, the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act (“IAA”) gave the Director of National Intelligence (“DNI”) 90 calendar days to issue new regulations addressing the requirement that “cleared intelligence contractors” report any “successful penetration” of their networks and information systems.  With the DNI on the clock, what can these contractors … Continue Reading
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