CPARS Evaluations: Are You Stuck with What You Get?Part 42.15 of the FAR entitles federal contractors to submit comments and receive agency review of an unfavorable performance evaluation in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). If the contractor’s rebuttal is unsuccessful, the contractor may challenge the CPARS rating by submitting a claim to the contracting officer (CO) under the Contract Disputes Act.

To Reserve or Not to Reserve? Maintaining Claims against the GovernmentContractors do not have to waive future claim rights when negotiating the direct cost of a change order (modification) with the government, despite banter by the contracting officer that reservation of claims is not permitted. More often than not, the contracting officer will inform the contractor that it is necessary to incorporate the following language

Cybersecurity Violations Potentially Actionable under the False Claims ActA California federal court recently allowed a relator’s False Claims Act suit against two federal contractors to proceed where the relator’s allegations centered on purported noncompliance with federal cybersecurity requirements. As discussed below, this case should serve as a wake-up call to federal contractors, as it not only confirms that perceived noncompliance with federal cybersecurity