Ryan Burnette is an associate in the firm’s Government Contracts practice. He advises companies in all industries on a range of contracting issues, including compliance with complex regulations, assistance with potential corporate transactions, bid protest litigation before the Government Accountability Office, and public policy matters. Prior to joining Covington, Mr. Burnette served in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Executive Office of the President, where he helped to manage government-wide contracting regulations and policies affecting more than $400 billion dollars worth of goods and services each year. While in government, he was responsible for the development and implementation of several contracting-related Executive Orders, and he worked with White House and agency officials on matters affecting contractor disclosure and agency responsibility determinations, labor and employment issues, IT contracting, commercial item acquisitions, performance contracting, GSA Schedules and interagency acquisitions, competition requirements, and suspension and debarment, among others.
Mr. Burnette is a member of the Florida bar. He is currently not admitted in the District of Columbia but is supervised by principals of the firm.
On January 31, 2018, the Department of Defense (“DoD” or the “Department”) published a final rule regarding commercial item purchasing requirements. Among other key amendments, the final rule modifies the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) by: (i) formalizing a presumption of commerciality for items that DoD previously treated as commercial; (ii) providing commercial item … Continue Reading
The Department of State has released its 2017 Trafficking in Persons (“TIP”) Report. As with prior versions of the annual report, the State Department reviewed efforts made by more than 180 countries to address the minimum Prosecutorial, Protective, and Preventative standards necessary for effective anti-trafficking measures, as these standards are outlined in the United States’ … Continue Reading
On the heels of our recent post offering key takeaways from recent release of claims decisions, the ASBCA and the CBCA have published another round of notable opinions regarding contract releases: Supply & Service Team GmbH, ASBCA No. 59630 and ServiTodo, LLC, CBCA 5524. Both decisions are important, albeit for different reasons. The ASBCA decision demonstrates … Continue Reading
Just two days before Donald Trump’s Inauguration, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published a proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, and certain biobased acquisition provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Council characterized the rule as advancing policies put into effect by an interim rule … Continue Reading
On December 7, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Labor, and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in the Department of State, issued a proposed memorandum titled “Anti-Trafficking Risk Management Best Practices & Mitigation Considerations.” The document is intended, at least in part, to “promote clarity and consistency in … Continue Reading
On October 15, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council), issued a proposed rule to clarify contracting officer and agency responsibilities when justifying sole source awards exceeding $22 million dollars made through the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. The revisions directly address recommendations from a December 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report titled, “Slow Start … Continue Reading
Earlier this month, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) released a proposed Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular, Implementing Category Management for Common Goods and Services, which “institutionalizes” category management as the government-wide model for the acquisition of common goods and services. Contractors should be aware of this trend, as it could impact … Continue Reading