Joe Whitcomb, a former United States Army Ranger, is a veteran of both the United States Army and Air Force. After his military career, Joe attended law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. From there, he went on to work as staff attorney for the Social Security Administration where he learned the nuances of administrative law generally and Social Security disability law specifically. He has dedicated his legal career helping individuals and businesses with their interactions with federal and state governments.

Forest fires and Task orders exceeding the scope of the original IDIQ

When Task Orders Exceed Your Contract This bid protest, filed by Western Pilot Service (WPS) and three other contractors, protested the BLM’s issuance of a task order, which in the view of the protester exceeded the scope of the original IDIQ, and was therefore illegal. The back story to this protest is that the BLM originally issued to solicitations; one for on-call aircraft services for forest fire suppression and another solicitation for 100 day exclusive use aircraft services for the same

The Rule of Two

Set Up an Appointment with one of our Attorneys It has been a little over a year now since the US Supreme Court issued its opinion in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1969 (2016). We discussed the case here. In that case, the court held requirements and procedures in the Veterans Benefits Act of 2006 (“VBA”), 38 U.S.C. § 8127 were mandatory. The purpose of the VBA was to set annual goals for contracting with service-disabled and

Servicemembers Returning to Work: Know Your USERRA Rights

Congress has enacted many laws and statutes that protect servicemembers rights including rights related to employment. It is simply unacceptable to serve your country and then come back from duty and have no job. To remedy that problem, Congress passed the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. § 4301 et seq., which requires employers to reemploy service members in civilian jobs when these individuals return from a period of duty. Who is Protected? USERRA applies

Size Matters-Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

For help with a size standard protest ,Contact us The Air Force issued an RFP for Linguist and Support Services (LASS) on November 30, 2016, in support of intel operations.  The procurement was an 8(a) set-aside.  The size standard for the NAICS in question was 7.5 million.  The contract required the awardee to perform all phases of collecting, interpreting, translating, and performing analysis of mission data. The contractor shall provide support as language mentors and trainers. The contractor shall

Can the IRS Take Your Passport for Unpaid Taxes?

On December 4th, 2015, the United States Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Soon after, the legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama. As is the case with many large transportation bills, this bill contained provisions that affected many unrelated areas of law. Most notably, the FAST Act contained a tax provision that has major consequences for those who owe a lot money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): If you have seriously delinquent tax

GAO Determines that Lowest Price Is Not Enough

Source Selection Authority’s Ignoring of Strengths and Weaknesses in Favor of Lower Price was Illegal Matter of: Immersion Consulting, LLC, B-415155 (Dec. 4, 2017) REQUEST A CONSULTATION The Matter of Immersion Consulting was GAO bid protest about and FSS solicitation for program management support for the Defense travel management office. Immersion Consulting and NetImpact both submitted proposals and were found to satisfy the requirements of the solicitation. However, in the Source Selection Evaluation Board (SSEB) found three strengths in Immersion’s

4 Tax Considerations to Keep in Mind When Selling Your Business

Selling a small business is complicated. There are many different things that you will need to consider in order to ensure that your legal rights and financial interests are adequately protected. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your specific small business, there is a chance that you could face a large tax bill as a result of the sale. The good news is that with proper planning and skillful guidance from an experienced Colorado tax attorney, it is possible to minimize

3 Ways that the New Tax Plan Could Affect You

As reported by Fox 31 Denver, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives recently revealed key details of their tax reform plan. While this tax plan may not be signed into law, at least in its current form, it has already passed an important procedural vote. While this bill overhauls key elements of the corporate tax code, it also affects individuals. As such, all American taxpayers should have a basic understanding of how this plan might impact their wallets. Here,

Mergers and Acquisitions

Government Contract Legal Issues with Mergers and Acquisitions Government contractors have significantly increased mergers & acquisitions activity in recent years. A stream of recent stories in the Washington Post and New York Times has documented this. The acquisition of a business that has earned a government contract frequently provides the buyer an opportunity to increase its market share and strengthen its capabilities within an existing industry. The addition may also allow the new parent company to expand their portfolio to

Covered Defense Information

New Guidance Issued by Department of Defense Regarding Cybersecurity Regulations for All Defense Contractors A new clause in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement was added on 9/17/2017; DFARS 252.204-7012 – It describes how Covered Defense Information (CDI) must be protected inside the contractor’s system(s) and their use of the cloud. This is a new clause for government procurement personnel and contracting officers, issued by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense. Many U.S. defense contractors, especially small and medium-sized businesses have