Contracting with the U.S. Postal Service is different than contracting with other federal agencies. Key procurement rules, such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), do not apply. Instead, the Postal Service has its own set of procurement rules and regulations. In turn, postal purchasing officials frequently exercise greater discretion than their federal counterparts.
Some federal procurement laws do apply, such as those relating to contract disputes. But even here, differences abound. Contractors can bring their claims to the Postal Service Board of Contract Appeals, a forum dedicated to hearing disputes arising under postal contracts. And in this special procurement world, bid protests are called "disagreements" and are administered internally by a supplier dispute resolution official. Other differences that impact postal contracting include the use of non-appropriated funds, extensive prequalification and a unionized workforce.
Our firm understands these legal and cultural differences. Because we are familiar with these differences, we won’t waste your time and increase your legal bill by "getting up to speed."
Having advised hundreds of postal contractors on a wide variety of issues, we use our knowledge to help contractors succeed within this special environment. We don't just understand postal contracting, we wrote the book on it. Although postal contracting is different, postal contractors face many of the same issues as other government contractors. From award to termination, our attorneys have assisted postal contractors on a variety of issues, including:
Solicitations, Proposals and Protests.
The front end of the procurement process often raises questions, particularly because the Postal Service has its own unique purchasing rules and practices. We help contractors sort through the process and take appropriate legal action when warranted.
Contract Performance Issues.
We help contractors understand their contractual rights and obligations and advise them on issues that arise during the performance of their postal contracts.
Requests for Equitable Adjustment and Claims.
When your performance costs increase due to Postal Service changes or changed conditions, you are entitled to an equitable adjustment to your contract price. We assist contractors in preparing these requests and, if necessary, litigating the resulting claims before the Postal Service Board of Contract Appeals or U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
In terminations for convenience, we advise contractors on what costs are recoverable and help them prepare their claims. In terminations for default, we represent contractors who challenge such actions and who face termination claims.
Fraud and False Claims Investigations.
As with other federal agencies, the Postal Service's Office of Inspector General actively pursues allegations of contract fraud. Our attorneys have assisted postal contractors in more of these matters than any other firm.