The PCI Network – Character Traits for a Great Government Contracts Professional

In this episode of The PCI Network, the head of our FUN with the FAR series, Stephen Daoust, discusses the four traits of a great government contracts professional. Throughout his 25-year career, Steve has worked as a Chief Government Contracts Counsel, Director of Contracts, and Chief Compliance Officer for both publicly traded companies like Iridium and Affiliated Computer Services and large accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was asked on a daily basis to provide expert advice and counsel on the negotiation and administration of contracts with federal, state, and local Governments. Check out what he has to say below!

Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of PCI’s staff and instructors, Happy Thanksgiving. To show our appreciation for your support during the first few months of our blog we would like to invite you to take advantage of some free online training.  Training in the following topics is available at  (Log in as a guest): –   Introduction to  Government Contracting –   Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Overview –   Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Overview

Afterthoughts: FAPIIS

Following each Nash & Schooner Hot Topics Webinar event, we interview Professor Ralph Nash to get his thoughts on the topic following the panel discussion.  On September 27, Professors Ralph Nash and Steven Schooner hosted special guest James McCullough, Fried Frank, and Julia Wise, OFPP in a discussion of the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS).   What are the key points that you think people should understand or know about FAPIIS? 1)      Contracting Officers have a responsibility to input data very quickly after making determinations; this includes issues covered under the Contracts Disputes Act. Contracting Officers then have the additional responsibility of updating the information as these issues go to litigation and settle. 2)      FAR 52.209-7 & 9, primarily, require contractors with … Continue reading

Proposed FAR Rule Requires a Broad Universe of Government Contractors to Safeguard Contractor Information Systems

Guest Authors: Elizabeth Ferrell & Erin Sheppard, McKenna Long & Aldridge.  Originally posted at On August 24, 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a proposed rule requiring contractors to safeguard contractor information systems containing information provided by or generated for the government.  Federal Acquisition Regulation, Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems, 77 Fed. Reg. 51496 (Aug. 24, 2012) (the “Proposed Rule”). The Proposed rule adds a new Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart and contract clause that make basic information protection measures a contractual obligation.  The Proposed Rule mandates basic protection measures on contractor information systems and contractors’ use of non-public government information aimed at deterring unauthorized disclosure, loss, or compromise of non-public Government information.  Id.  Prior to … Continue reading

Wiggle Room In DOD Vehicle Lease Not Big Enough to Drive a Truck Through! – A Case Study

The Overseas Logistics Group (“OLG”) sued the Department of Defense for breach of contract in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims over a contract to lease vehicles to DoD. The contract originally required the government to repair the vehicles to the condition in which it had received them.  After a modification, the contract then required the government to either pay for repairs resulting from normal wear and tear or, if repairs would cost 75% or more of the actual value of the vehicle, to reimburse OLG for the actual value of the vehicle, less depreciation. OLG claimed that the government breached the contract by returning leased vehicles to OLG in damaged condition, and neither repaired them nor paid OLG for the cost of repairs. Additionally, … Continue reading