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Postal Service Contracting

We know the postal service.

Postal Service contracts are unique, both in what they contain and how they are awarded. Key procurement rules, such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), do not apply. Instead, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has its own set of rules called the Supplying Principles and Practices. In this special world, bid protests are called "disagreements" and “highway contracts” are for transporting mail (not building roads). Important differences include the use of non-appropriated funds, supplier prequalification and specialized forms.

We understand these differences – we’ve even written a book on it. Having advised hundreds of postal contractors on a wide variety of issues, we use our knowledge to help contractors succeed within this distinctive environment.

Although postal contracting has its differences, many of the same contracting issues still arise. From award to termination, our attorneys have assisted postal contractors on a variety of issues, including:

  • Amendments and modifications
  • Audits
  • Bids and proposals
  • Changes and changed conditions
  • Claims, equitable adjustments, and disputes
  • Contract interpretation and administration
  • Cost and pricing data
  • Delays
  • Fraud and False Claims Act investigations
  • Negotiation
  • Protests and disagreements
  • Requests for equitable adjustment
  • Selection, evaluation and contract awards
  • Solicitation analysis
  • Subcontracting
  • Suspension and debarment
  • Terminations
  • Withheld and delayed payments

We help contractors sort through these issues, understand their rights and obligations, and take appropriate legal action on their behalf when warranted.

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