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IDIQ Concerns, IP Issues, and JEDI Controversy – Government Contractor News for May 2018

GAO Questions Pentagon’s Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts

A watchdog agency recently reported that 40% of the Pentagon’s contracts were IDIQ and 75% of those were awarded to a single contractor, raising concerns about the agency suppressing competition. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the matter states, “Nearly all of the contracts we reviewed contained provisions that, while not explicitly limiting competition, may have the potential, under certain circumstances, to reduce the number of contractors who are eligible to compete for the orders.” Read more about the potential for IDIQ contract concerns here.

Air Force Challenged By Software Intellectual Property Issues

Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper cites software and intellectual property as challenging areas for the organization, and Air Force Sustainment Commander Lt. Gen. Lee Levy is calling for a change in the way the Air Force acquires intellectual property. Protracted legal battles over IP ownership detract from the mission and cause distraction for both the military and its industrial partners. Click here to read more about how the Air Force would like to improve the software acquisition and development process.

Contractors Gearing Up to Protest Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Award

The Defense Department’s $10 billion cloud program, JEDI, drew criticism from contractors after announcing in April that it will be a single-award contract. Contractors began preparing for a bid protest even before the May 15th release of the final RFP, and it’s anticipated that this huge award will be the subject of much controversy for some time to come. Read more about JEDI and the related, potential bid protests here.

 

Whether you’re involved in the JEDI cloud solicitation or another bid protest, Randolph Law is here for you. Contact us for help weighing the pros and cons of any bid protest.