Author Archives: Erica Harrison Arnold

Erica Harrison Arnold
Erica Arnold is an associate in the Construction & Government Contracts Group. She assists owners, developers and contractors in transactions and litigation matters, including inspections of construction defects, bond filings and lien waivers, subcontractor agreements, demand letters, settlements and engaging price valuation experts.  Read More

GAO Report on Government Contracting Finds Overall Decrease from 2011-2015 and Most Obligations on Service Contracts

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Every year, billions of dollars in products and services are needed to keep running the U.S. federal government’s 18 cabinet-level departments and nearly 100 other independent agencies. In March 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released results of its one-year audit of the government’s contracts between fiscal years 2011 and 2015 (including its fixed price, cost-reimbursement, and time-and-materials/labor hour contracts). Overall, GAO’s report shows a 24 percent decrease in government-wide contracting in FY 2015 from FY 2011 levels (a drop of approximately $438 billion), with [...]Read more

Are More Constitutional Challenges to State DBE Contracting Programs On the Way?

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An Illinois construction company is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it has standing to challenge as unconstitutional a state’s implementation of a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goal in connection with a road project. If sustained, the company’s challenge would have far-reaching implications, including opening the door for other disappointed bidders to prosecute constitutional challenges to states’ implementation of mandatory disadvantaged business contracting programs. In 2009, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) sought bids for [...]Read more

A Summary of the Department of Justice’s 2015 False Claims Act Review

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The False Claims Act (FCA) again proved itself to be the government’s primary tool to combat procurement fraud. According to the Department of Justice, in 2015 alone, the government recovered more than $3.5 billion from FCA settlements and judgments for the fourth year in a row, bringing the total recovery since January 2009 to $26.4 billion. Of the $3.5 billion recovered last year, roughly $1.1 billion came from settlements and judgments in cases alleging false claims for payment under government contracts, raising the total recovery for government contracts and procurement fraud settlements [...]Read more

Federal Agencies Cannot Immunize Themselves with Short Termination Windows in Contracts

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In Springfield Parcel C, LLC v. United States, 124 Fed. Cl. 163 (Ct. Fed. Cl. 2015), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims considered the post-award protest of a contract by an unsuccessful offeror. The unsuccessful offeror was protesting the award of a real estate contract to lease new headquarters for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The protestor, Springfield Parcel C, LLC, sought an injunction of the award to Eisenhower Real Estate Holdings, LLC, on the basis that the GSA’s award was unlawful. Springfield, Eisenhower, and [...]Read more