It is with a great deal of thanks that I met you early on in my career. You have always been clear in what you talked about to me and my colleagues, and now in my state of semi-retirement, I still read your stuff. You are still very clear and very helpful to anyone in the field. Thanks for your help in the past and your continuing to be a force in the strange world of government contracts.
I like, admire and respect you. I hope that’s obvious! I don’t give public commendations lightly, or with great frequency (because they’re a reflection on one’s own reputation)–but in your case, there’s absolutely no need to hesitate.
I agree with your approach! I believe we are in the right- and we have you to help prove it. So all will be well… Thanks for spelling it out so clearly!
I’ll say it one more time! We are soooooo glad we found you!!!!
I wanted to express my thanks and great appreciation for your outstanding representation of Recon/Optical, Inc. in the various claims brought against the U.S. Army. When I took over these matters from Ron Polasek in September 2008, I was not very familiar with the peculiar world of government contracts and litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. You have been very patient with me explaining the process in great detail and allowing me to become comfortable making decisions along the way.
This is wonderfully simple, yet thorough, outline! Though you may never use in your career, but will prove indispensible if you ever do need it. Print this one and file it away for the future, or it may become one of those things you’ll regret for not having done.
I highly respect and appreciate your comment. Having read your articles on-line, I consider you one of the most knowledgeable non-Government employees on Government contracting I know.
Excellent, concise discussion, and very helpful, both to the contractors who may be tasked with the preparation of REAs, and the COs who will have to review them. You should (quite literally) “write a book,” Counsel! There is a difference between understanding law and regulation, and being able to communicate its substance in intelligible English to those who need your guidance–and you consistently demonstrate that you have both skills. Thanks so much for taking the time to write these gems!
Great comments, I don’t recall seeing such a clear and simple explanation on how to build an REA in the books and articles I have read over the years.
William, I love your synopsized commentaries. Bobby D
Mr. Spriggs, I’m totally into your blog posts.
Great article. It gets fun if you’re working with a contract that has defence, environmental or law-enforcement components. It’s always a good idea to keep the iceberg rule in mind when dealing with gov’t contracts.
Great stuff, as usual. Thank you, William; look forward to further discourse on the subject.
Thank you Bill. This is a great lesson for those of us with limited Part 12 experience. It is good to know that industry still has recourse when it comes to Government acts, failure to act and omissions and maybe even greater recourse with a breach of contract claim.
Bill, your comments are excellent, and I would add that a face-to-face debriefing is preferable to a letter. The COs need to answer questions within the guidelines of FAR 15.506, rather than saying “it’s clear on its face”. Small businesses want to know what the award was denied to them, and not have to file protests or FOIA requests and perhaps law suits. If the government followed the evaluation criteria exactly, the CO should not have any problem answering contractor’s questions.
John C Ulmer
Bravo to Judge David James for applying sanity to contract interpretation. And BZ to you, Bill Spriggs, for once again presenting a relevant article/issue that is of use to all of us. Always enjoy your articles.
And of course Bill whose expertise, dedication and tenacity positioned the team for success. You were the key to driving and navigating the process from the time that David got involved. We wouldn’t be in this current place without your guidance on strategy. Mr. Spriggs, once again you have nailed it.
I have worked closely with Bill for many years. In my opinion, he is one of the brightest and most accomplished attorneys in the field of government contracts.
Bill, thank you again for the kind words. xxxxx has been a complete victory, an outcome that even the client did not expect. We could not have handled it more prudently. It was your appellate strategy that positioned us to bring Joe and his firm into the mix at just the right time to force the right settlement with the hearing date looming. It could not have played out any better. We will certainly keep you as our go to resource on knotty government contract issues and disputes.
I worked for Bill’s firm after leaving the staff of a congressional committee and entering private practice. I’ve always known him to be a man of impeccable character. Time and again, I’ve seen him do the right thing in a classy way. Deep experience goes a long way, but clients shouldn’t neglect the character piece of the puzzle. How a person moves through the world impacts their credibility and, ultimately, the persuasiveness of the positions they take. Beyond the outward-facing benefits of hiring a lawyer that has excellent character, it also matters for another role that a lawyer needs to fill: Confidentially counseling the client. The advice such a lawyer gives is apt to be better and more sound if the counselor is standing on terra firma in their own right.