October 30, 2020 Feature

Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Contracts

Hilary Bergen and Michael Reis

In the ancient Greek medical text today known as the Hippocratic Oath, the young physician is advised that desperate times call for desperate measures. While the author was speaking of ethical dilemmas faced by medical practitioners, the aphorism can also apply to modern-day U.S. federal government contracting, and specifically to the demands spurred by national emergencies such as war, civil unrest, terrorism, and a previously unidentified coronavirus now known as SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

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