Mary E. Bosco

Mary E. Bosco

Holland & Knight LLP

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Department of Defense Proposes New Uniform Grant and Cooperative Agreement Regulations

On November 7, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) published six Notices of Proposed Rulemakings that collectively update the agency's existing interim regulations governing awards of grants and cooperative agreements. 81...more

11/9/2016 - Cooperative Agreements Department of Defense (DOD) Federal Contractors Grants Native American Issues Non-Profits OMB

DoD Finalizes Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing Rule

On October 21, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule following-up on the interim rules it had issued on August 26 and December 30, 2015, regarding safeguarding contractor networks and purchasing cloud...more

10/25/2016 - Cloud Computing Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cyber Incident Reporting Cybersecurity Data Protection Data Security Department of Defense (DOD) DFARS Federal Contractors Final Rules Reporting Requirements

DSS Revises Cybersecurity Requirements for Contractors Handling Classified Information

On May 18, 2016, Department Security Service (DSS) recently approved Change 2 (Change 2) to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). Change 2 significantly revised Chapter 8 of the NISPOM relating...more

6/21/2016 - Confidential Information Cybersecurity Defense Security Service (DSS) Federal Contractors Information Systems Security Program (ISSP) NISPOM NIST

FAR Information System Security Standards Rules Finalized

The U.S. federal government announced on May 16, 2016, new Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules that set high-level standards for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that process, store or transmit...more

5/20/2016 - Controlled Unclassified Information Cybersecurity Data Protection Department of Defense (DOD) Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Government Contractors Interim Rule NARA NIST

DoD Grants Contractors a Reprieve: Cybersecurity Compliance is Delayed

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released interim rules on Aug. 26, 2015, setting forth (i) information system security requirements; (ii) mandatory cyber breach reporting; and (iii) cloud computing standards and...more

1/7/2016 - Cloud Computing Corporate Counsel Cyber Incident Reporting Department of Defense (DOD) Federal Contractors Interim Rule NIST Popular

OMB Issues Guidance on Government Contractors’ Cybersecurity Systems

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a draft guidance document on Aug. 11, 2015, titled “Improving Cybersecurity Protection in Federal Acquisitions” (the “OMB Guidance”). The OMB Guidance instructs agencies on...more

8/14/2015 - Compliance Controlled Unclassified Information Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Data Security Due Diligence Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Federal Contractors General Services Administration (GSA) Hackers NARA NIST OMB Popular

New Government Contractor Regulations Define and Prohibit Workplace Sexual Bias - The Guidelines Are in Fact Requirements for...

The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has proposed the first major substantive changes to its Sex Discrimination Guidelines in more than 40 years. The new regulations are significant...more

2/4/2015 - Discrimination DOL Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Federal Contractors Harassment NPRM OFCCP Sex Discrimination Sexual Harassment Subcontractors

Legal Minute: Cybersecurity Reporting Requirements for Government Contractors [Video]

Government Contracts Partner Mary Beth Bosco explains the new cyber breach reporting requirements for defense contractors based on the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. The NDAA...more

1/21/2015 - Airlines Cybersecurity Department of Defense (DOD) Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Government Agencies Motor Carriers NDAA Railroads Reporting Requirements

2015 National Defense Authorization Act Requires New Cyber Breach Reporting - "Operationally Critical Contractors" Are Required to...

Congress passed the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA or Act) on Dec. 12, 2014. The NDAA for 2015 creates a new cyber breach reporting requirement affecting...more

12/19/2014 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Department of Defense (DOD) Federal Contractors NDAA New Legislation Popular Reporting Requirements

Executive Order Creates New Disclosure Obligations for Government Contractors: Once Implemented, the Order Will Fundamentally...

The July 31, 2014, executive order, "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces," introduces a broad federal contractor reporting scheme that alters the relationship between prime and subcontractors, creates an obligation for contracting...more

8/7/2014 - Contractors Disclosure Requirements DOL Employee Rights Executive Orders Federal Contractors Subcontractors

2014 Intelligence Authorization Act Imposes Cyber Breach Reporting Requirement on Intelligence Community Contractors - Many...

The federal government must publish new procedures 90 days after the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act is signed. These procedures will become effective upon publication. Intelligence community contractors will be...more

7/10/2014 - Breach Notification Rule Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity Data Breach Federal Contractors

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