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1. Understanding Government Contract
2. Cases and Materials on Local Government
4. When Governments Break the Law:
5. Scandal Proof: Do Ethics Laws
6. Exopolitics: Politics, Government,
7. Lies the Government Told You:
8. Recognition of Governments in
9. Local Government Law in a Nutshell
10. Hornbook on Local Government Law
11. Government Contract Law
12. The Law of Government Contracts
13. Rulemaking: How Government Agencies
14. Rules and Laws (First Step Nonfiction:
15. Government Contract Law: The Deskbook
16. Government Contracts In A Nutshell
17. Litigation Under the Federal Open
18. A Dictionary of Chinese Law and
19. Constitutional Chaos: What Happens
20. Government Contracts Compliance:

1. Understanding Government Contract Law
by Terrence M. O'Connor
Hardcover: 280 Pages (2007-03-01)
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Finally! A plain-English presentation of the basic legal concepts of government contract law for professionals at any stage in their careers. Until now, anyone in the procurement field has had to trudge through dense and complex texts written in hard-to-followlegalesein their quest to understand procurement law. With Understanding Government Contract Law, they finally have a source of clear and concise explanations of the legal principles involved in government contract law, written by an authority on the subject.

Part I of the book focuses on the unique problems facing each of the parties to a government contract the contract officer and the contractor and offers insight to the many roles played by the contract officer in the procurement process.

Part II describes why and how the government contract is different from commercial contracts.

Part III explores the ins and outs of a government contract lawsuit. The author presents key legal principles of government contract law by:
-Stating a legal principle
-Specifying where in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that principle is found
-Offering the rationale, context, and any public policy behind the principle
-Describing, with case law examples, situations where the government applied the law correctly and situations where the government came to that conclusion incorrectly
The structure of Understanding Government Contract Law is modeled after the FAR, the foundation of federal procurement, making it familiar and practical for both students and professionals. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook Especially for Federal Contract Administrators
This textbook is definitely at the level of a law school student but also appropriate for contract administrators in the field of federal contracting.Understanding Government Contract Law provides some information that you can't get in the Federal Acquisition Regulation, namely how to sue the Federal Government.But hope you don't have to sue the Federal Government because the costs are onerous.

Terrance O'Conner describes the role of the Contracting Officer better than anybody else in my opinion.He desribes the ways in which a contracting officer is a Judge, Sheriff and Plaintiff.Certainly the nation needs lots more contracting officers.This is an area of tremendous expected job growth.

Many books on government contracting explain types of contracts in the two basic categories of fixed price and cost-reimbursement, which is correct.O'Conner focuses on the legal basis for contract formation, again necessary for contracting officers and contract administrators to know.One of the things that make government contracts different from commercial contracts is that the federal government can always get out of the contract if it perceives doing so to be in its best interests.This is well covered in the text.

I found this to be a highly readable text in a very dry and challenging area of the law.I recommend it for aspiring contracting officers and contract administrators.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
There was a slight mixup with UPS, I think it was a new driver because if I'm unavailable they usually leave it at the office on the first attempt.However, they did leave the book at the office on the second attempt the next day; and I was still able to keep up with my classmates without any trouble.The book was in excellent condition and was very helpful in my course. ... Read more

2. Cases and Materials on Local Government Law, Fourth Edition (American Casebook Series)
by Gerald E. Frug, Richard T. Ford, David J. Barron
Hardcover: 943 Pages (2005-11)
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The legal issues facing city government change rapidly in the United States, and Cases and Materials on Local Government Law, Fourth Edition updates material throughout the book to reflect the most recent changes. Many new cases (and a number of new articles and book excerpts) have replaced older ones. In particular, the authors have substantially revised the materials on federal-city relations, on finance, and on school vouchers. Also included are completely new materials on community economic development, black suburbanization, and the property rights movements? attempt to overturn efforts to control suburban sprawl. ... Read more

Paperback: 280 Pages (2001-10-01)
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In A Government of Laws, which includes a new preface, Ellis Sandoz re-evaluates the traditional understanding of the philosophic and intellectual background of the American founding.  Through an exhaustive assessment of Renaissance, medieval, and ancient political philosophy, he shows that the founding fathers were consciously and explicitly seeking to create a political order that would meet the demands of human nature and society.  This rigorous and searching analysis of the sources of political and constitutional theory generates an original and provocative approach to American thought and experience.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful interpretation of the American Founding
Dr. Sandoz provides insight to the philosophical foundations of the American Founding. He points to several main influences including John Locke, Medieval Christianity, and Classical Philosophy. Sandoz shows the importance of political obligation as instilled through a sense of common moral virtue. He ultimately commends the common sense of the founders and shows us why other systems have failed. A key point is the differentiation found between religion and the secular matters of government. In stark contrast to "political religions" the founders set their sights on the obtainable goal of toleration and liberty without claiming to be able to perfect the world (marxism, communism). Overall, Sandoz rejects the secular interpretation of the founding and gives strong evidence that the founders valued religion quite highly and thought it an important foundation for society. He does not fall into the trap of finding a "single strand" of thought to explain the founding, but instead points to several key influences. Sandoz is able to make his case in common sense terms and offers humor throughout, while still maintaining a deep level of insight. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in American Founding and especially the philosophical influences that brought it about.

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4. When Governments Break the Law: The Rule of Law and the Prosecution of the Bush Administration
by Nasser Hussain
Paperback: 240 Pages (2010-10-20)
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Recent controversies surrounding the war on terror and American intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought rule of law rhetoric to a fevered pitch. While President Obama has repeatedly emphasized his Administration's commitment to transparency and the rule of law, nowhere has this resolve been so quickly and severely tested than with the issue of the possible prosecution of Bush Administration officials. While some worry that without legal consequences there will be no effective deterrence for the repetition of future transgressions of justice committed at the highest levels of government, others echo Obama's seemingly reluctant stance on launching an investigation into allegations of criminal wrongdoing by former President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld, and members of the Office of Legal Counsel. Indeed, even some of the Bush Administration's harshest critics suggest that we should avoid such confrontations, that the price of political division is too high. Measured or partisan, scholarly or journalistic, clearly the debate about accountability for the alleged crimes of the Bush Administration will continue for some time.

Using this debate as its jumping off point, When Governments Break the Law takes an interdisciplinary approach to the legal challenges posed by the criminal wrongdoing of governments. But this book is not an indictment of the Bush Administration; rather, the contributors take distinct positions for and against the proposition, offering revealing reasons and illuminating alternatives. The contributors do not ask the substantive question of whether any Bush Administration officials, in fact, violated the law, but rather the procedural, legal, political, and cultural questions of what it would mean either to pursue criminal prosecutions or to refuse to do so. By presuming that officials could be prosecuted, these essays address whether they should.

When Governments Break the Lawprovides a valuable and timely commentary on what is likely to be an ongoing process of understanding the relationship between politics and the rule of law in times of crisis.

Contributors: Claire Finkelstein, Lisa Hajjar, Daniel Herwitz, Stephen Holmes, Paul Horwitz, Nasser Hussain, Austin Sarat, and Stephen I. Vladeck. ... Read more

5. Scandal Proof: Do Ethics Laws Make Government Ethical
by G. Calvin MacKenzie, Michael Hafken
Paperback: 160 Pages (2002-09-01)
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1961, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10930, the first step in a long series of efforts to regulate the ethical behavior of executive branch officials. A few years later Lyndon B. Johnson required all senior officials to report assets and sources of non-government income to the Civil Service Commission. The reaction to Watergate opened the floodgates to more laws and rules: the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, subsequent expansions of that act in the 1980s and 1990s, and sweeping executive orders by Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

The consequence of these aggressive efforts to scandal proof the federal government is a heavy accumulation of law and regulation administered by agencies employing hundreds of people and spending millions of dollars every year. Ethics regulation has been one of the steady growth sectors in the federal government for decades.

This book explores the process that led to the current state of ethics regulation in the federal executive branch. It assesses whether efforts to scandal proof the federal government have been successful, what they have cost, and whether reforms should be considered.

Informed by research of unprecedented scope and depth, Scandal Proof provides a balanced assessment of the character and impact of federal ethics regulatory efforts—in the process raising an important question: Is there a better way to ensure honest government in Washington? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A thoughtfully written account
Written by G. Calvin Mackenzie (Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government at Colby College and an Adviser to the Brookings Presidential Appointee Initiative) with the assistance of Michael Hafken (Research Analyst at the Brookings Institution), Scandal Proof: Do Ethics Laws Make Government Ethical? offers an insightful analysis of the laws designed to regulate the ethical behavior of the federal government from 1961 (when President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10930), down to modern-day executive orders by Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. These efforts to "scandal-proof" government have been costly to finance in terms of taxpayer dollars, yet they have they been successful? Examining their real impact on how things are done, and presenting the question of whether there are better ways to bring more honesty to Washington government, Scandal Proof is a thoughtfully written account and highly recommended for students of Ethics and Political Science. ... Read more

6. Exopolitics: Politics, Government, and Law in the Universe
by Alfred Lambremont Webre
Paperback: 165 Pages (2005-04-01)
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EXOPOLITICS is the evolution of Alfred Lambremont Webre’s groundbreaking work as a futurist at the Stanford Research Institute, where in 1977 he directed a proposed extraterrestrial communication study project for the Carter White House. Exopolitics may turn the dominant view of our Universe upside down. It reveals that we live on an isolated planet in the midst of a populated, evolving, and highly organized inter-planetary, inter-galactic, and multi-dimensional Universe society. It explores why Earth seems to have been quarantined for eons from a more evolved Universe society.Exopolitics suggests specific steps to end our isolation, by reaching out to the technologically and spiritually advanced civilizations that are engaging our world at this unique, challenging time in human history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Exopolitics 101 for Earthlings
Once upon a time, I felt that no one really had the truth with respect to ET/UFO phenomenon, that as Carl Jung, M.D. had said after he investigated the data 50-years ago, and I paraphrase, ... the UFO acts more as a thought from inner space than a craft from outer space.

Then I read Yale lawyer Alfred Webre's book on exopolitics and the light inside my mind turned on; the universe is consciousness according to the cutting-edge physicists, thus, the outside of us and the inside of us can produce physical objects. I mean with no more than a thought we create a cascade of neurochemicals (molecules of mind) that control our attitudes, behaviors, our entire felt-sense experience of existence moment-by-moment.

Indeed, I have written extensively on how shamans use this knowledge to shapeshift, heal, and walk between worlds. So why would not an advanced species employ consciousness itself as a vehicle of teleportation from one dimension, time or space, to another one at a higher, or lower, level of consciousness based upon matching a rate of vibration (frequency) within its own light body?

If so, isn't that what the whole earth is doing in Solar Cycle 24, increasing the rate of vibration in the core of the earth, via our Sun's resonant connection, [think tuning-fork effect] to the black-white hole core star clusters at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy? Is this solar minimum we are in now in 2009 the quickening or prepatory phase that then triggers a new configuration of genes within our DNA? That is, there will be gamma-ray bursts of energy released in supernovas, solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) forecast to increase dramatically in Solar Cycle 24 by NASA that could also be called by Christians the "rapture?"

For myself now, I believe the answers are known and it's quite clear from reading attorney Webre's book, that he knows too; he is not speculating. He has collected the data, analyzed it carefully, weighed the evidence pro and con, and rendered a measured verdict: ET/UFOs are real and they are communicating with us via our mind's eye, telepathically, as well as physically in a way that bridges the gaps between our brain hemi-spheres and these multi-layered extra-dimensional realms of reality.

This is what I suggest in my writings as a Science of Soul; the physics of metaphysics known by the ancients that constructed the sacred sites worldwide to open a portal of consciousness in us: The fifth dimension. These new insights of Webre will take us all ultimately to the outer reaches of inner space in era-2012 I'm convinced beyond a reasonable doubt whatsoever today. It is our divinely-ordained destiny to live, love, and laugh among the stars!

But are we ready to face the facts in our solar system: Life exists on Mars in underground cities as well as in higher dimensional regions of the other planets too?

Read the book before you decide; then spread the word of exopolitics: We are not alone, and never have been!

Dr. John Jay Harper is author of Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century, the First Edition covering the physics of metaphysics, ET/UFOs, and Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century - Second Edition Revised and Updated for 2012, a Special Limited Edition on Earth Changes and the race to circumvent WWIII, plus the DVD Science of Soul: The End-Time Solar Cycle of Chaos in 2012 A.D.. ... Read more

7. Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History
by Andrew P. Napolitano
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2010-03-02)
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What new crisis will the federal government manufacture in order to acquire more power over individuals? What new lies will it tell?

Throughout our history, the federal government has lied to send our children off to war, lied to take our money, lied to steal our property, lied to gain our trust, and lied to enhance its power over us. Not only does the government lie to us, we lie to ourselves. We won't admit that each time we let the government get away with misleading us, we are allowing it to increase in size and power and decrease our personal liberty.

In acquiescing to the government's continuous fraudulent behavior, we bear partial responsibility for the erosion of our individual liberties and the ever-expanding federal regulation of private behavior. This book attacks the culture in government that facilitates lying, and it challenges readers to recognize that culture, to confront it, and to be rid of it.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Proof that our government is feeding us lies!
During my school and college years,I talked about false
stories our government was feeding us. Both by teachers
and fellow students I was told I didn't know what I was
talking about. No matter the proof I dug up to back my
accusations, know one wanted to believe the truth. Now
here is an accountable person, telling us that we must
question authority. Because they have hidden agenda's
that they are manipulating us with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beacon of Truth
Thank you, Judge Andrew Napolitano for this incredible book. It appeals to people of the left, right, and Liberty persuasions. It helps the average person to realize he is not free, because so many sacred American principles have been violated. At a recent political meeting, I recommended this book, and someone asked me, "How thick is it?" Meaning, "Just how much does the government lie to us?" I spread my fingers about 1 and 1/2 inches, and said, "But he just covered the basics!" No doubt the Judge could have written more.

I liked Chapter Two on inalienable rights, and that The Judge used Kelo vs. New London as an example. It's amazing how few people understand this case and its meaning. Government has turned property rights into privileges on the government's terms. Lie #8 about the Fed is another very good chapter: "The Federal Reserve shall be controlled by Congress". Yeah, right. I remember the series of events when We the People demanded a full audit of the Federal Reserve, and watched in horror as the Senators gutted the bill in secret and with procedural motions (failure to recommit, so that they could pretend they voted for it if it comes up later.)

Another good chapter is Chapter #17: America has a free market. HA HA HA HA, that's a good one. Where to begin? Every market today is rigged. There are no free markets anymore, only interventions. Stocks, bonds, commodities, interest rates (the price of money), derivatives, real estate, health care, automobiles...you name it, government and large corporations are colluding to ensure markets aren't free.

I could go on and on, but this is simply an excellent book, and very useful at shattering myths that the uninformed believe. Many people in our Campaign for Liberty chapter read and enjoy this book. Break the Matrix and buy it! And go Ron Paul!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Constitutional Literalist's point of view.
A very interesting read.At first, I almost decided against reading it when I read on the back that Judge Napolitano occasionally sits in as Glenn Beck's backup host on his show.Since Mr. Beck is such a right-wing clown, I thought this book would merely parrot the typical ultra-right-wing doom and gloom grab-your-guns neocon rubbish.But I was wrong.Judge Napolitano's politics can best be described as Constitutional Literalist; whatever is in the Constitution is good, if it isn't and it is a law, then it is an affront to our freedom.I was quite surprised to learn that his criticism of government extends to any government which infringes on freedoms granted by the Constitution, regardless of political affiliation.In fact, quite the opposite from Glenn Beck, Judge Napolitano's harshest criticism is reserved for the Bush presidency and their passing of the Patriot Act, the single most egregious revoking of Constitutionally-protected rights in US history.He is equally critical of the Obama administration's apparent unwillingness to repeal the Patriot Act.

The author takes us through 200 years of Constitutional amendments, Supreme Court cases, and documents each repeal of liberty incurred since the Constitution was signed.I found I agreed with most of his points, in all but 2 instances; gun control and anti-drug laws.Whilst I agree with Judge Napolitano that privately owned arms are protected by the Second Amendment, the Judge takes this much further.He believes the Constitution protects all arms, be they fully automatic assault rifles, handguns, or sawed-off shotguns, to him it makes no difference.He even goes as far as to suggest that the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech could have resulted in a much lower body count had defensive weapons been permitted on campus.What that implies, of course, is that high-school teenagers should be given the right to carry arms to school, and I can't ever agree with Judge Napolitano on this point, nor can I think that is what the Framers had in mind.The Judge ignores the fact that in the 18th century, Americans were fighting for their survival.They had the British army trying to suppress them, the French army in Canada, the Spaniards and Mexicans to the south, and the entire country filled with North American Indians.Enshrining the right to bear arms in the Constitution was a very logical and necessary step.However, bringing a handgun to a high school in the 21st century is an entirely different matter.If American citizens want to have a defensive arm in their own homes, fine.But teenagers carrying them to school?It just makes no sense.The Judge envisioned a 15-year old boy calmly opening his locker, taking out his gun, and ending the slaughter.However, I see the ending entirely differently.What if 200 teenagers all went charging back to their lockers to retrieve their weapons and just started blasting away in the name of defense?What if someone shot in a panic, and then someone else returned fire not knowing who shot in the first place?I strongly believe allowing high school aged students the right to bear arms at school will result in a massive increase in the number of gun fatalities, Columbine would not be an isolated incident but a daily occurrence.

That brings me to my second criticism.Judge Napolitano strongly believes the government has no right to control what Americans ingest into their bodies.I certainly agree in the case of terminal illness, there is no way the government should prevent citizens seeking any treatment they desire, experimental or otherwise.But allowing anyone anytime to ingest anything, including narcotics?He makes the point over and over that Americans have the right to ingest things which are bad for them, just as they have the right to be healthy.But I can't see how legalizing addictive substances such as crack cocaine could possibly be what the Framers had in mind.Crack addicts have virtually no control over their actions any longer, they will do anything to obtain their next hit.Now combine that with the right to bear arms by every citizen, regardless of age, or criminal activity.I picture a nightmare, the Judge apparently pictures a perfectly happy and free society of citizens respecting the Constitution.

Nevertheless, this book is a great and informative read.And I have to give Judge Napolitano credit, he respects the Constitution in all matters, whether they may actually cause more suffering (see above) or were actually what the Framers had in mind, he is very consistent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Some good, some bad
Andrew P. Napolitano, a state court judge from New Jersey, thinks our freedoms are eroding year by year and he uses the seventeen chapters of this book to incite us to respond by abolishing the federal income tax, eminent domain, the Federal Reserve System, and imposing term limits.

Each chapter deals with a different lie that the government has told us, such as "All men are created equal," "Every vote counts," and "Everyone is innocent until proven guilty."

The judge has an interesting perspective, and the book is well written, but some of his proposals don't make much sense. For instance, I have no desire to terminate the Federal Reserve and put its awesome powers in the hands of people like Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, etc. As someone once said, democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others. It's no surprise that there are flaws in the system. The problem is, once you've identified a flaw, you also have to identify how to fix it in a way that won't make things even worse. Napolitano neglects that last part.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lies Judge Napolitano told you
Judge Napolitano is usually good value - persuasive, forceful, coherent and logical. Although this book is more about the vanishing Constitution than government lies, it does do a good job of cataloguing constitutional abuses committed by governments from the start of the Republic to the present.

However, Napolitano does introduce a stunning lie, which is all the more stunning for being apparently uncharacteristic. He writes, "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has called homosexuality an abomination, denied the Holocaust, and hopes someday to blow Israel off the face of the earth". While the first two claims appear to be more or less true, the final claim is a lie, and Napolitano, just like anybody else, can easily do the research online to check that it's a lie.

By promoting this lie, Napolitano is unfortunately giving ammunition to forces that will consolidate tyranny in the U.S. and around the world, forces which pay no heed whatsoever to the Constitution. Napolitano will not like what he reaps by sowing lies like this one. ... Read more

8. Recognition of Governments in International Law: With Particular Reference to Governments in Exile (Oxford Monographs in International Law)
by Stefan Talmon
Paperback: 472 Pages (2001-08-09)
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Drawing on an analysis of the diplomatic practice of states and decisions by national and international courts, this book explores the different meanings of the term "recognition" and its variants in international law. The author covers historical materials as well as recent developments in Angola, Kuwait, and Haiti. ... Read more

9. Local Government Law in a Nutshell (Nutshell Series)
by David J. McCarthy, Laurie Reynolds
Paperback: 512 Pages (2003-08)
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Reliable source of local government law features added emphasis on finance, including special tax districts and the implications of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Discusses taxation, borrowing, and updating in the area of 1983. A review of each rule is included, accompanied by expert explanation of its underlying concepts. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good delivery
Book in perfect conditions as described. The delivery was as well in perfect time (even sooner than I was adviced). ... Read more

10. Hornbook on Local Government Law
by Osborne M. Reynolds
Hardcover: 1135 Pages (2009-05-01)
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This new edition continues the emphasis of prior editions on such topics as the relationship of local governments to state and federal governments; the needs of local governments for territory, for personnel, and for adequate financing; and the principal activities and possible liabilities of local government. There is increased attention to land use control, an area of growing activity on the part of institutions, ranging from the U.S. Supreme Court to local zoning boards. This includes material not found in some books in this field, on such important concepts as smart growth, new urbanism, and regulatory takings. ... Read more

11. Government Contract Law
by Charles Tiefer and William A. Shook
 Hardcover: 720 Pages (2003-11-01)
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The rapid developments in government contract law of the late 1990s and early 2000s have necessitated a new edition of this casebook, which offers the first contemporary one-volume casebook for a Government Contracts course. All chapters have been updated with new cases and notes, and two entirely new chapters have been added to ensure that the book's coverage is complete. The casebook makes government contract law accessible to readers of all backgrounds, from second-year law students who have taken only basic contract law, to commercial lawyers and non-lawyer government contract professionals seeking a broad, legally-focused introduction to the field. While all the traditional areas of interest receive coverage, the book emphasizes cases from increasingly important areas such as high technology, health care, commercial products, and state needs. Tiefer and Shook bring academic and practitioner experience and expertise to their treatment of government contract law. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for the Government Contract Law Attorney
Quality Texts on Government Contract Law are hard to come by.This is one of the few that is well written.There is an excellent selection of cases and excellent concise commentary.You will get the most out of this text if you are familiar with reviewing cases (i.e. an attorney or law student). ... Read more

12. The Law of Government Contracts [ 1919 ]
by Robert Preston Shealey
Paperback: 322 Pages (2009-08-10)
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Originally published in 1919.This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more

13. Rulemaking: How Government Agencies Write Law and Make Policy
by Cornelius M. Kerwin, Scott R. Furlong
Paperback: 344 Pages (2010-08-10)
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Rulemaking is the single most important function performed by government agencies. While Congress and the president provide the general framework for the governments mission, rulemaking fills in the details that define the law and delineate how each agency carries out its responsibilities. Cornelius Kerwin, and new co-author Scott Furlong, update this highly regarded text with new data, fresh analysis of interest groups participation in rulemaking, as well as coverage of the Obama administrations early actions, from executive orders and key personnel to agencies responses to changes. An invaluable and accessible guide to this intensely political process, Rulemaking contains the most current scholarship on a crucial yet understudied subject.

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4-0 out of 5 stars School required text for MPA
I am a graduate student at Jacksonville State in the MPA program and bought this text as part of the required reading for the one course I am taking.It is very helpful and easy to understand.I believe it will help with my further understanding of how government bureaucracies draft bills that can and do become law.

3-0 out of 5 stars I finished with more questions than answers.
I am on an endless quest, it seems; to find a book on the administrative state that is informative while being at least mildly enthusiastic about its subject. This book starts out enthusiastic. This book certainly started with enthusiasm. The first chapter, in fact, is devoted to convincing us why the administrative state is a superb American invention (a view I do not always share!) Chapter 5, which is devoted to public participation in the Admin. state also bubbles with giddiness.

Like a horse on crack-cocaine, though, this book stars with gallant speed, slows down fast and ends with an mild gasp. I'm sure this was not the authors intention. There are two main reasons. First, as the book is structured so that each chapter examines another area of admin. state rule making (oversight from the 3 branches, rulemaking structure, inherent paradoxes of the process) the first two chapters, which are almost overviews of the rest of the book, builds up high expectations. For example, when the first chapter lightly nibbles at rulemaking's structural issues, tow paragraphs in we are told that we will need to wait untill another chapter for a discussion. The author does this repeatedly throughout the book, thus leaving the reader in a constant hang.

The second reason for the flickering finish of the book is that, and unfortunately as with most admin. state books, not much save for completely varied anecdotal information is offered. How are rules written, the book asks; it depends on the administration, it answers. What about modes of public participation and debate? Depends on the rules of the comission. After a while, its almost pointless to read the next chapter as we begin to guess the answer to each question posed.

The reason, though, for the three stars is this: Chapter 1 (on justifications for the admin. state), Chapter 3(paradoxes inherent in the rulemaking process) and Chapter 7 (the role of theory in rulemaking and its reform) are actually decent and informative chapters. Vagueness aside, they do provide useful anecdotes. Also Chapters 3 and 7 present ideas, discussions and points that are all but ignored in other books on admin. state rulemaking. Buy the book, read those 3 chapters and maybe skim the rest. ... Read more

14. Rules and Laws (First Step Nonfiction: Government)
by Ann-Marie Kishel
Paperback: 23 Pages (2007-01)
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15. Government Contract Law: The Deskbook for Procurement Professionals
 Paperback: 650 Pages (2007-07-31)
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16. Government Contracts In A Nutshell (In a Nutshell (West Publishing))
by W. Noel Keyes
Paperback: 588 Pages (2004-09)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Summarizes Federal Acquisition Regulation System (FARS), improper business practices and personal conflicts of interest, publicizing contract actions, and competition requirements. Addresses acquisition plans, contractor qualifications, contract delivery, and performance. Explains contracting methods, types, sealed bidding, and negotiation. Reviews general contracting requirements, cost accounting standards, cost principles, financing, protests, disputes, and appeals. Explores research and development contracting; construction and architect-engineer contracts; contract management, administration, and modifications; subcontracting; government contract termination; and clauses, forms, and solicitation provisions. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars In a nutshell
This book was written for quick reference only.I was not impressed. It was written well, but boring.I did learn from, but I wish I would have tried something different.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited, author strays from purpose of nutshell.
Nutshells are supposed to be simple, objective overviews of the law, but the author could not resist frequently inserting opinion and otherwise straying from the brief overview purpose of the text.The outline does not have any coherent structure.Lots of fluff, very little beef. Keep looking, don't buy this.

4-0 out of 5 stars In response to thereview about "spelling errors"
I am in Government Contracting and this book is very informative and can be used as a ver good tool.
Also in reference to the review talking about spelling errors, I'm not sure how old your dictionary is but "definitized" and "estopped" are words. Check Merriam-Webster, Online m-w.com.

3-0 out of 5 stars Needs Editing
The book is certainly packed with a lot of valuable information, and I suggest purchasing it if you plan on writing any government proposals, or managing government contracts.Just be prepared to filter through a lot of bad editing, spelling errors, sentences that make no sense, incorrect wording that render the sentence incorrect, and, at certain times, words that do not exist.For example, the word "definitized" appears many times; and I don't think the government has ever "estopped" invoking ceiling price limitations.
It just seems unbelievable that a book in its fourth edition could be so riddled with obvious errors - especially in this day and age when spell checks and grammar checks are built in to even the most basic of writing and publishing tools.
All in all, you'll obtain some new knowledge, just be prepared to spend some time reading, and re-reading certain sentences and paragraphs to make sense out of them. ... Read more

17. Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws 2008
by Electronic Privacy Information Center
Paperback: 681 Pages (2008-09-26)
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Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws is the most comprehensive, authoritative discussion of the federal open access laws. This updated version includes new material regarding the substantial FOIA amendments enacted on December 31, 2007. Many of the recent amendments are effective as of December 31, 2008. The standard reference work includes in-depth analysis of litigation under:

  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Privacy Act
  • Federal Advisory Committee Act
  • Government in the Sunshine Act
The fully updated 2008 volume is the 24th edition of the manual that lawyers, journalists and researchers have relied on for more than 25 years. Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws is published by EPIC in cooperation with Access Reports and the James Madison Project. The book draws upon the expertise of practicing attorneys who are recognized experts in the field. The 24th edition includes updates concerning the OPEN Government Act of 2007, a revised chapter regarding litigation strategy, international open government resources, a glossary of key terms, and is updated with new significant cases.

Appendices include a sample FOIA request, a sample request for expedited processing, and sample pleadings for the FOIA, the Privacy Act, and Federal Advisory Commission Act, and the Government in the Sunshine Act.

For those who litigate open government cases, or need to learn how to litigate them, this is an essential reference manual. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars MAC'S REVIEW
Excellent analysis of Open Law statutes with clear and concise explanations and superb case citations. ... Read more

18. A Dictionary of Chinese Law and Government: Chinese-English
by Philip Bilancia
 Hardcover: 840 Pages (1981-06-01)
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19. Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws
by Andrew P. Napolitano
Paperback: 256 Pages (2006-02-07)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this incisive and insightful book, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano peels back the legal veneer and shows how politicians, judges, prosecutors, and bureaucrats are trampling the U.S. Constitution in the name of law and order and fighting terrorism. Napolitano reveals how they:


  • silence the First Amendment
  • shoot holes in the Second
  • break some laws to enforce others
  • entrap citizens
  • steal private property
  • seize evidence without warrant
  • imprison without charge
  • kill without cause


Pundits on the right, left, and center have praised Constitutional Chaos for its penetrating examination of our rights and liberties in the post-9/11 world.


"Has the war on terrorism taken away some of your rights? In a non-ideological way, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano answers that crucial question. This book will open your eyes."-Bill O'Reilly


"This book is a wake-up call for all who value personal freedom and limited government."-Rush Limbaugh


"In all of the American media, Judge Napolitano is the most persistent, uncompromising guardian of both the letter and the spirit of the Constitution. . ."-Nat Hentoff


Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is Fox News Channel's senior judicial analyst, seen by millions on The Big Story with John Gibson, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends, and other shows. His articles and commentaries have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Newark Star Ledger, and other national publications.

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5-0 out of 5 stars MUST READ
Judge Napolitano's book about how the government abuses its power is an absolute must read.You will never see the government in the same way again.Some of the things the government has done over the years are absolutely sickening, the Freedom movement is lucky to have Judge Napolitano in its corner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is our government out of control?
Judge Napolitano provides dozens of fact-filled stories showing how our government violates the law -- with virtual impunity.The details of the government's role in the massacre of helpless children held hostage in Waco, Texas is especially chilling.As unchecked government power expands, the rights of citizens are slipping away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Napolitano's first hard hitting book
This was the first of Judge Andrew Napolitano's books on the usurpation of the Constitution.In this book he introduces us to his philosophy as it evolved from GOP conservatism to libertarian individualism while serving on the bench in New Jersey.The book is 198 pages long with a text of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and a short index.The book in essence described the court rulings that have allowed the government to take on a "do as I say, not as I do" brand of police justice that has led to numerous charges of entrapment and abuse of Fourth Amendment rights.As with his later books, Napolitano spares neither party as he attacked Bush's war policy after 9/11 and Clinton's use of force at Waco, Miami and Ruby Ridge.The debate of whether government has overstep its bounds might be up in the air for some, but for me there is no question that the misreading of various clauses in the Constitution has given the gang in DC maximum power.

A five-star effort for the Judge's first book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A stunner of a book
I have not finished it yet and I am ready to get the pitchforks and torches, figuratively.In recent years, the government has been shaking my belief in government and I have been reading the founding fathers who considered government a necessary evil that must necessarily be kept in check to avoid it becoming a tyrant.Well tyranny seems to be here. But now reading the cases in this book...shows me it has been even more corrupt in so many ways for a long time. I can see now how ordinary law-abiding citizens can be falsely imprisoned and targeted by any government body that has an ax to grind, or even accidentally because of where you are or what you do.God forbid, you look like a likely suspect because the conviction rate is extremely high and none of us believe that is an accident or good detective work.Some of it is because they don't follow the rules we are expected to follow.Do I think that allowing some innocent folks to be in jail to be sure you have all the bad guys is ok?..NO! Thank God neither does the Judge!I am so glad I read this and I will read more of his works now.This must read is a stunning eye opener.

2-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get through it
I really wanted to read about how we can get our judges to protect our Constitution.Unfortunately, after three chapters, I had to stop reading this one.They were all the same!Basically illustrations of how bad the judges were - how they were using the bench to their own ends rather than meting out justice.And they all got away with it!Really depressing! ... Read more

20. Government Contracts Compliance: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Evolving Requirements, Developing Compliance Programs, and Collaborating with Government Agencies (Inside the Minds)
by Multiple Authors
Paperback: 400 Pages (2010-04-01)
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Government Contracts Compliance provides an authoritative, insider's perspective on best practices for abiding by the latest developments in government contracting. Featuring partners from some of the nation's leading law firms, these experts guide the reader through updating policies, filing and settling claims, managing investigations and compliance audits, and understanding the relationship between federal, state, and local contracts. From performance and quality requirements to accounting and employment verification procedures, these top lawyers discuss the critical compliance components in government contracts. Additionally, these leaders reveal their strategies for working with government agencies, creating client compliance programs, and avoiding common issues related to contract performance. The different niches represented and the breadth of perspectives presented enable readers to get inside some of the great legal minds of today, as these experienced lawyers offer up their thoughts around the keys to success within this ever-changing field.

Inside the Minds provides readers with proven business intelligence from C-Level executives and lawyers (Chairman, CEO, CFO, CMO, Partner) from the world's most respected companies and firms nationwide. Each chapter is comparable to an essay/thought leadership piece and is a future-oriented look at where an industry, profession, or topic is heading and the most important issues for the future. Each author has been selected based upon their experience and C-level standing within the professional community.

Chapters Include:

1. R. Scott Hetrick, Partner, Adams and Reese LLP - ""Strategies for Compliance with Federal Contract Requirements""
2. Jason M. Branciforte, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC - ""Understanding How to Comply with Government Contracts""
3. Leonard R. Ruzicka Jr., Partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP - ""Best Practices for Complying with Government Contracts""
4. W. Jay DeVecchio, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP - ""Developing a Compliance Program to Address Mandatory Disclosure""
5. Robert K. Huffman, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - ""Tackling Complex Requirements for Contract Compliance""
6. Anne M. Hlavacka, Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC - ""Government Compliance Issues: Be Positioned to Participate in Federal, State, and Local Procurement Opportunities""
7. Frank Scruggs, Partner, Berger Singerman - ""The OFCCP Seeks to Strengthen Enforcement, Engage Stakeholders, and Revamp Its Affirmative Action Requirements""
8. Stewart S. Manela, Partner and Labor, Employment, and OSHA Practice Group Leader, Kristine J. Dunne, Counsel, Arent Fox LLP - ""Challenges Arising from a New Era of OFCCP Enforcement"" ... Read more

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