Most Important Bid Protest Decisions of 2016

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: April 05, 2017
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  • Jurisdiction
  • Standing for ID/IQ Contract Awardees to Protest Awards to Other Firms
  • Cost and Price Realism
  • Organizational Conflicts of Interest
  • Failure to Follow Ground Rules
  • Corrective Action Protests
  • Commercial Item Procurements 
Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Recorded: April 5, 2017


2016 was another busy year for bid protest litigation at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. This program will highlight and discuss the most significant protest decisions issued by GAO and the COFC, including analysis of what these decisions mean for contractors and agencies seeking to navigate the complex federal procurement process in 2017.

This program was recorded on April 5th, 2017.

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American Bar Association


Rosamond Z. Xiang

Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Rosamond Z. Xiang has been a Trial Attorney at the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C since 2010.

William J. Colwell

Corporate Director & Division Counsel - Missile Defense & Protective Systems Division
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Bill Colwell joined has been in-house since 2007, first with Boeing in both Seattle, Wash. and Washington, D.C., and, since October 2012, with Northrop Grumman, in their Falls Church headquarters. There, as Assistant General Counsel for Litigation, he is responsible, with an experienced team, for resolving Northrop Grumman’s disputes across the Eastern parts of the U.S and overseas. Before coming in house, Bill practiced in D.C., at Wiley Rein, in their Government Contracts, Aviation and Aerospace and Intellectual Property practice groups. Before becoming a lawyer, he spent five years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer, most of that assigned to the Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Hampton, based in Norfolk, Va. Bill is currently Chair of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Legal Committee, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He is also involved with the American Bar Association’s Section on Public Contract Law and the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region Chapter.

Jonathan L. kang

Senior Attorney
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Jonathan L. Kang is a Senior Attorney at the United States Government Accountability Office.

Hon. Thomas C. Wheeler

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Judge Wheeler was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims on October 24, 2005. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1973, and his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1970. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and of the American Bar Association's Public Contracts and Litigation Sections.

From 1973 to 2005, Judge Wheeler was in private practice in Washington, D.C. He was an associate and partner in the law firm of Pettit & Martin until 1995, and then moved as a partner to the law firm of Piper & Marbury. Through mergers with other firms, Piper & Marbury became known as Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, and later as DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. During his years in private practice, Judge Wheeler specialized in Government Contract claims, litigation, and counseling, representing a wide variety of large and small business clients. He appeared before many agency boards of contract appeals, the United States Court of Federal Claims and its predecessors, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a number of United States District Courts, and the Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office).

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