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Maritime’s Live-Fire Training Contract Needs Another Evaluation

The U.S. Navy should reconsider awarding an $11 million contract for live-fire and damage control training, because it failed to properly consider whether Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies offered a facility that satisfied solicitation requirements, the GAO said in a decision released Wednesday.

Shipyard Awards Accelerate $21 Billion Navy Optimization Plan

Announcements of more than $10 billion in shipyard modernization since August may be a sign the Navy is speeding up its 20-year, $21 billion Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program. Construction spending, which will account for most of the SIOP money, appears to be underway.

BAE’s Work Level Protest of Navy Ship Repair Procurement Fails

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Inc. didn’t demonstrate that the U.S. Navy failed to provide bidders with sufficient information that would allow them to “compete intelligently” for two ship maintenance and repair contracts, the GAO said in a decision released Wednesday.

NIH’s $50 Billion Tech Procurement Too Strict on Big Companies

The National Institutes of Health’s IT procurement known as Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners is unduly restrictive of competition because it limits the experience references that large businesses in mentor-protégé joint ventures can submit in their offers, the GAO said.

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Coronavirus and Force Majeure Clauses

Covid-19 has legal teams exploring whether to turn to a rarely tested section of their contracts: the force majeure, or act of god, clause.

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