As originally published in the Daily Journal of Commerce Lots of people in the construction industry have been talking about public-private partnerships recently. But many folks aren’t really sure what a PPP is, don’t understand the players and their roles, and may not recognize the risks and potential benefits. PPPs have been used in the… Continue Reading
Via AGC America, here is an interesting radio segment about a new Federal Acquisition Regulation that requires the greening of the federal procurement process. Is there any better way to spend a sunny Thursday afternoon than listening to Federal News Radio? I think not!
No Damages For Delay Clause Eliminates Pass-Through Claim
Recovering Liquidated Damages Is Not Contingent On Suffering Any Actual Damages
Proposed Law Prevents Outsourcing of Services on Public Contracts
Oregon Buy America Act Is Coming
House Bill Mandates Green Construction For School Buildings
King County Executive Dow Constantine has issued an executive order with the intent of simplifying County procurement. Download file
A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the Oregon False Claims Act, a bill that made its way through the house and the senate and was on its way to the governor’s desk for signature. The large number of inquiries I have received about the bill speaks volumes about the impact this law will have on contsruction… Continue Reading
Construction contractors working on Oregon procurement projects beware (including general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers). Oregon is on the verge of passing the state equivalent of the federal False Claims Act (31 USC 3729). The Oregon bill essentially mimics the federal act, penalizing contractors who “knowingly” present false claims to the government. This includes construction contractors who “exaggerate” their percentage completion… Continue Reading
Mike Purdy’s timely and useful summary of the ins and outs of the Washington State public works retainage law, recently revised by SHB 1555, is available here in this post to his public contracting blog.
I read a fair number of construction – related websites and blogs, and many of them are pretty awful (present blog excluded). But here’s one I quickly bookmarked for regular visits — well written, thorough and concise coverage of federal government contract issues.
The 2007 legislation on “supplemental bidder responsibility” (RCW 39.04.250) is getting a lot of attention across the industry. If you’d like an overview of some key issues, please check out the attached presentation we made recently to a workshop organized by APWA-WA and MRSC. Download file
Puzzled by the Buy American clauses in the new federal stimulus act? Or just curious? Here’s an excellent run down written by DWT’s Craig Gannett.
In case you want to catch up on some developments in the past year or so, check out the attached Powerpoint talk which was presented today to a group of PUD & municipal lawyers. We covered recent legislative innovations (i.e., the modifications to the GC/CM statute & the fairly new Bidder Responsibility statute) as well as some notice… Continue Reading
The Kilo Wharf, Guam project presses on. Recently, the United States Court of Federal Claims lifted an injunction and upheld the Navy’s award to the joint venture of Japanese and U.S. construction firms. Watts-Healy Tibbitts v. United States and IBC/TOA Corporation, No. 08-261C. Months earlier the Court had enjoined the contract award; the Court originally held… Continue Reading