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Free(er?) Trade - US, EU and Canada Quibble Over Market Access and Domestic Preferences

The US is generally pretty keen on international free trade agreements. And why shouldn’t it be? After all, free trade agreements have the ability to open up foreign markets to US goods and services, allowing new and...more

8/15/2013 - Canada EU Foreign Markets Free Trade Agreement GATT Market Access Rule Tariffs TTIP WTO

Threats and Vulnerabilities - What Every Contractor Should Know About The SBA's New "Presumed Loss" and "Deemed Certification"...

Nearly three years ago, on September 27, 2010, the President signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (“Jobs Act”), which directed the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) to implement a variety of small business...more

7/23/2013 - Certifications Contractors JOBS Act Misrepresentation Proof of Loss SBA Small Business

"Buy American" Compliance Tips

1. There is no single “Buy American” requirement – there are numerous statutes with differing requirements. Make sure you know which one applies....more

5/1/2013 - Buy American Act Compliance DOD Foreign-Made Goods Free Trade Agreement Trade Agreements Act

Playing Cards With a Government That Stacks the Deck - D.C. District Court Radically Expands The "Christian Doctrine" To...

On March 30, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision imposing certain socio-economic contract requirements on subcontractors operating hospitals associated with the University of...more

4/30/2013 - Affirmative Action Contract Interpretation DOL Healthcare HMOs OFCCP Socio-Economic Clauses Subcontractors The Christian Doctrine

Country of Origin for Computer Software - U.S. Customs Finally Sheds Some Light on the Issue

One of the most perplexing questions that has plagued the government contracting community in recent years relates to the country of origin for computer software. Where most government procurements restrict the purchase of...more

2/21/2013 - Country of Origin Customs and Border Protection Software Trade Agreements Act

Free Trade Agreement Updates for 2012

2012 saw several updates with regard to free trade agreements (“FTAs”) between the U.S. and its international trading allies. The most notable of these was the U.S.-Korea FTA (“KORUS”), but several other changes were made to...more

2/21/2013 - Defense Aquistion Regulations DOD Federal Acquisition Regulations Federal Procurement Systems Free Trade Agreement GPA WTO

Smash & Grab Redux - Congress Seems to Give DCAA Permission But Forgets to Give It Authority

Last month we wrote about a provision in the proposed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) that would have given the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) statutory authority to demand a company’s internal audit...more

2/4/2013 - Audits Contractor Audits DCAA NDAA

Smash & Grab - DCAA Poised to Gain Access to Contractor Internal Audit Reports

The Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) has long sought access to contractors’ internal audit reports in connection with the routine audit of contractors’ business systems. Contractors have, in most cases, successfully...more

12/18/2012 - Contractor Audits DCAA GAO NDAA

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