Author Archives: Patrick Kernan

Veteran Full Time Employment in Other Businesses

We received many questions in response to our September 4th newsletter on how full-time employment in another business would impact Veteran Administration (VA) certification as a SDVOSB or VOSB. For example, one veteran business owner wondered if he took a job with SAIC full-time to generate an income to build his business, would the VA recertify his […]

Warning to Proposal Writers

Preparing winning proposals is one of the more important aspects of a government contractor’s business.  Unlike private sector business transactions that can be discussed and approved in short order, preparing a good proposal takes many hours and is the lynchpin of a government contractor’s business.  All company owners, proposal managers and writers should read GAO […]

Veteran Entrepreneur’s Ownership of Other Businesses

As the businesses on this newsletter list are well aware, having met the Veteran’s Administration certification requirements, the management and daily business operations of a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) concern must be controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans. However, there may come a time when you, as the owner of a SDVOSB, want […]

Attorney Assistance in the Bid Protest Process

If your company does business with the federal government, the chances are high that you have heard the phrase “bid protest” before.  But what exactly is a bid protest, and what must every contractor understand about the bid protest process? Protesting a proposed contract award to another vendor is a highly-specialized area of the law […]

Key Request for Equitable Adjustment Tips

While working on a construction contract, a contractor may encounter undisclosed pipes 6 feet underground. Perhaps an information technology support contractor may be asked to comply with new cybersecurity requirements without being given a contract modification. These changes increase the cost of performance and can put a small business in a precarious position. In situations […]

Termination for Convenience – Fair Compensation Principle

The “Termination for Convenience of the Government” (T4C) clause in a Government contract conveys broad rights on the Government to terminate the contract when termination is in the Government’s interest. The Government may cancel the contract simply because its needs change and regardless of contractor fault. In return for this privilege, the Government agrees to reimburse […]

Terminations for Convenience Settlement – Do Not Delay

Busy contractors focused on day-to-day issues and future opportunities sometimes put other matters off to the extent they miss contractual deadlines. The recent decision of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) in Black Bear Construction Company, ASBCA No. 61181 (November 14, 2017) reminds us of the termination for convenience deadlines. In the Black Bear Construction Co. […]