The Nash & Cibinic collection encompassed seven titles focusing on different aspects of U.S. government contracts law.  The series was the brainchild of GW Law Professors Ralph Nash and John Cibinic, after finding practitioners were using their continuing education materials to navigate this specialized area of the law.  They decided to publish an authoritative series of textbooks to aid lawyers, business people, contracting officers, and others.

In 1981, the first title of the series was published –  Administration of Government Contracts.  It was followed by Government Contract Claims (1981), Cost Reimbursement Contracting (1981), Formation of Government Contracts (1982), Patents and Technical Data (1983) (now published as Intellectual Property in Government Contracts), Government Contracts Reference Book (1992), Competitive Negotiation: The Source Selection Process (1993), and Acronyms and Abbreviations in Government Contracting (1994).

In 2005, Professor Cibinic passed away, so other authors were invited by Professor Nash to continue Professor Cibinic’s legacy and assist in updating these titles.  Current GW Law Professor Christopher Yukins is one of many of these authors and now assists in updating Formation of Government Contracts.  These texts continue to be indispensable to practitioners and many continue to be used as textbooks for GW Law students.

Although most of these titles are written as textbooks, two are more useful as reference resources – the Government Contracts Reference Book and Acronyms and Abbreviations in Government Contracting.  Co-written by one of our current faculty, Professor Steven Schooner, the Government Contracts Reference Book is an indispensable tool for both the novice and expert researcher.  It is a comprehensive A to Z glossary of procurement terms with added references to relevant articles in other popular publications including the Public Contract Law Journal, Nash & Cibinic Report, and Briefing Papers.

The Nash & Cibinic titles are published by Wolters Kluwer and its database, Cheetah, contains the full text of all the current editions.  The current editions can also be found in the library’s reserve section, while older editions can be found by searching our catalog, JACOB.

Post authored by Mary Kate Hunter, Reference/Government Contracts Librarian