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Dismas Locaria

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Business News Digest – April 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well - A SOX in the Gut: Supreme Court Vastly Expands Workplace "Whistleblower" Law - SEC to Scrutinize Never-Examined Investment...more

4/3/2014 - CFPB Class Action Coca Cola Compliance Contractors Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Embezzlement FCPA Food Labeling Foreign Investment Fraud Lawson v FMR POM Wonderful Prepaid Payment Products Russia Sanctions Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS SEC Student Loans Suspensions & Debarments Ukraine Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

A New Report, But the Same Approach to Assessing the Federal Suspension and Debarment Program

On March 5, 2014, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) released its report on the status of the federal suspension and debarment system for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013. The report "discusses the ISDC's...more

3/13/2014 - Suspensions & Debarments

The OMB Super Circular: What the New Rules Mean for Nonprofit Recipients of Federal Awards

In this presentation: - The Super Circular – What Is It? - When Is the Super Circular Effective? - New Pre-Award Processes - Increase of Internal Controls - Changes to Indirect Cost...more

3/11/2014 - Non-Profits OMB

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - February 2014

In our ongoing coverage of the 2013 release of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) “Super Circular”, we provide further information and guidance from OMB, through the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR)....more

3/3/2014 - Grants Non-Profits OMB

NIST Releases Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2014, the White House announced the release of the final version of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Framework includes standards and processes for assessing...more

2/18/2014 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework NIST

Business News Digest – February 2014

In this issue: - Securities Enforcement and Compliance - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Food & Drugs - Government Contracts - Healthcare - Intellectual Property -...more

2/6/2014 - CFPB CMS Compliance DaimlerChrysler DaimlerChrysler v Bauman FDA Federal Contractors Food Safety Food Supply Foreign Corporations Healthcare Jurisdiction Medicare SCOTUS SEC

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - January 2014

As 2013 came to a close, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the long-awaited final rule to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, more commonly known...more

2/3/2014 - Audits Federal Grants Grants Non-Profits OMB

Lessons from the Agility Defense Case, Part 2: Agencies' New Court-Appointed Muscle

On December 31, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a lower court (Northern District of Alabama) decision regarding an agency’s ability to indefinitely suspend the affiliates of an indicted...more

1/13/2014 - Due Process FAR Federal Contractors

Business News Digest – December 2013

In this issue: - NIST Holds Fifth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework; Incentives Still Lacking - Advertising Law News & Analysis - November 1, 2013 Edition - November 7, 2013 Edition - November 14,...more

12/6/2013 - Advertising Athletes Bullying CFPB Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework E-Commerce Embezzlement FDA Fraud Grants Hazing Internet Investigations NFL NIST Non-Profits Private Funds Procurement Guidelines Retailers SEC

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - November 2013

With the federal government back to work, we saw several important federal initiatives continue in earnest in November. Two of these initiatives will have a tremendous impact on nonprofits’ reliance on federal grant and...more

11/27/2013 - Cybersecurity DHS Executive Orders Federal Acquisition Regulations Federal Funding Federal Grants Human Trafficking NIST

NIST Holds Fifth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework; Incentives Still Lacking

On November 14-15, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a workshop at North Carolina State University on the preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (PCF). Venable attended the workshop in Raleigh,...more

11/21/2013 - Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework NIST

Spotlight on CFPB Procurement Opportunities

For many organizations the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) represents more than just a regulator – rather, it can also serve as a potential customer. Government contracts are big business and procurement...more

11/8/2013 - CFPB Federal Contractors Procurement Guidelines

Business News Digest – November 2013

In this issue: - Banking Committee Focuses on Private-Label Mortgage-Backed Securities Market - SEC Requests Public Comment on OFR Study of Risks in the Asset Management Industry - Broken Windows and...more

11/6/2013 - Advertising Asset Management Compliance Crowdfunding Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Enforcement Internet JOBS Act Mary Jo White Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages Native Advertising NIST SEC

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - October 2013

Last month we provided information on the guidance given by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) as the federal government (the “Government”) prepared for the Government shutdown (the “Shutdown”). Since that time,...more

11/4/2013 - Federal Grants Non-Profits

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

On October 22, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (PCF) in accordance with section 7(e) of President Obama’s February Executive Order (EO) on...more

10/30/2013 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Executive Orders NIST

Business News Digest – October 2013

In this issue: - NIST Holds Fourth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework - NIST Releases Draft Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework in Advance of Dallas Workshop - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Short...more

10/4/2013 - Banks Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Executive Compensation Financial Regulatory Reform NIST Pay Ratio SCORE Act SEC Security Clearance Short Sales Social Media Transparency User-Generated Content

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - September 2013

Unfortunately, as the 2013 government fiscal year comes to a close, we again face severe federal financial uncertainty as the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-6) expires at 11:59 PM on...more

10/1/2013 - Appropriation Act Federal Grants Government Shutdown OMB

NIST Holds Fourth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework

On September 11-13, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held its fourth and – for now – final workshop on the preliminary Cybersecurity Framework. The Framework is being developed pursuant to...more

9/19/2013 - Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework DHS Executive Orders Infrastructure NIST

Business News Digest – September 2013

In this issue: - What to Expect When You're Selling Your Company – Indemnification - Association Membership and Program Restrictions and the Antitrust Laws: Don’t Stumble Out of the Gate - CFPB: July...more

9/9/2013 - Antitrust Provisions Attorney Disbarrment Brand CFPB China Dietary Supplements Discipline Enforcement Actions FDA Federal Funding Federal Grants Food Labeling Food Safety Non-Profits Nutritional Supplements Sales SEC Supply Chain

NIST Releases Draft Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework in Advance of Dallas Workshop

On August 28, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the first publically available draft of the preliminary Cybersecurity Framework, which is being developed at the direction of President...more

9/5/2013 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Data Protection Executive Orders NIST

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - August 2013

Several matters have recently arisen which are especially important for organizations that submit invoices or claims for funds from federal and/or state governments. As the current government fiscal year draws to a close,...more

8/29/2013 - Contract Formation FCA Federal Grants NIH Non-Profits Settlement

The SUSPEND Act: Fixing What Isn't Broken in the Federal Government's Suspension and Debarment System

The suspension and debarment system has faced increased scrutiny from the private and public sectors alike, which generally argue that the system is broken because the respective authorities are not following, or are...more

8/28/2013 - Discipline Proposed Legislation Suspensions & Debarments

New SBA Regulations Focus on Small Business Size and Status Integrity

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) much anticipated new regulations on small business size and status integrity implement key provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act). Most notably (and as...more

7/17/2013 - Certifications Compliance New Regulations Penalties SBA Small Business Small Business Jobs Act

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - June 2013

In June, several federal agencies described the impact the sequester had on their various grant programs, illustrating the problems with such a blunt fiscal instrument and the need for Congress and President Obama’s...more

6/28/2013 - DOE FAINs FFATA NIH OMB Sequestration

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - May 2013

The month of May saw a number of proposed and implemented developments that were equally applicable to nonprofit and for-profit contractors and grant recipients. For example, Congress signaled that many non-Department of...more

6/7/2013

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