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Who Assumes the Risk of Material Cost Increases? As Always, It Depends!

When a client asks me about a particular contract provision and why it is “unfair” or “uneven”, we began a discussion about risk allocation. You see, the contract is used to shift the various risks on the project to the party...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2016 #2

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT - Overtime Final Rule - The Department of Labor issued its final overtime rule which updates the salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional (“white collar”)...more

Construction Subcontractor Settles FCA Allegations for $2.8 Million

A recent settlement illustrates the broad reach of the FCA and the substantial liability that “mere retention” of an overpayment can impose on contractors several steps removed from a government contract. The dispute...more

A lighter touch — Final FAR rule issued on safeguarding contractor information systems

On Monday, May 16, 2016, the FAR Council is expected to issue its long- awaited final FAR rule ("the Final Rule") on safeguarding contractor information systems. This rule, effective immediately, creates a new contract...more

False Claims Act Trends: Technical Data, Software And IP

Government contracting has never been easy. But occasionally it is exciting, at least at the outset: Figuring out how to prepare the most competitive proposal and landing a significant contract are memorable achievements...more

Bid Protest Strategy: What Every Contractor Needs to Know

Overview - - Making the decision to protest and what you can expect - When, where, and why to file - Common pre- and post-award protest arguments - The strongest arguments - Defending your award...more

The New Italian Public Procurement Code

The Italian Council of Ministers approved a new Legislative Decree reforming the Italian Public Procurement regulation, implementing Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/24/EU. On April 18, 2016, the Italian...more

Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Electronic Filing System and Filing Fee

Dear Mr. Kang: We are writing to submit comments on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (“GAO”) proposed rule, issued April 15, 2016, 81 Fed. Reg. 22,197. Our firm represents small businesses operating across...more

Final Government Contractor Basic Data Security Rule Issued

On May 16, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) Council published the final FAR rule on Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems. The rule is intended to prescribe “the most basic level” of...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DFARS: Multiyear Contract Requirements - DOD issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act...more

District Court Holds that Interest in Protecting Whistleblowers under the False Claims Act Can Outweigh Companies’ Confidentiality...

A magistrate judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently dismissed a company’s breach-of-contract counterclaim against a whistleblower for violating the company’s privacy policy and confidentiality agreement....more

Maryland Just Can’t Help Itself When It Comes to Pay-to-Play Revisions

Avid followers of the Pay to Play Law Blog know how active the State of Maryland has been over the past few years with regard to the amendment and revision of its pay-to-play framework for those contracting with or otherwise...more

Court Throws Out Counterclaim That Whistleblower Divulged Confidential Information

A federal judge recently dismissed a company’s counterclaim that it brought against a whistleblower for violating the company’s privacy policy and a confidentiality agreement by providing the government with confidential...more

Construction Law Group News: General Contractor's false certifications bar it from any recovery from Owner

In a case of first impression, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge recently ruled that a general contractor, G4S ("the General"), could not recover any of its over $14M claim against a public owner MTPC ("the Owner") because...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2016

Employee Who Needed To Assist Disabled Son Could Proceed With "Associational Disability Discrimination" Claim - Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 246 Cal. App. 4th 180 (2016) - Luis...more

Service Contract Act Compliance

Agenda - - Overview of the Service Contract Act - Labor Mapping & Conformances - DOL Audit Risk & Exposure - Common SCA Pitfalls / Issues - Competitive Landscape - Other...more

ANAC cambia rotta, il Codice dei Contratti Pubblici riguarderà solo bandi e avvisi pubblicati dopo il 20 aprile 2016

The ANAC has changed opinion: the new Code of Public Contracts will cover only notices published with effect from 20 April 2016. With a Press Release of 3 May 2016, the National Anti-Corruption Authority ( "ANAC")...more

"Maryland Again Proposes Regulations Regarding Its Pay-to-Play"

The Maryland State Board of Elections recently proposed new regulations regarding its pay-to-play reporting law. The public comment period closes on May 30, 2016. Below is a summary of the key provisions contained in the...more

Q&A: Robert Metzger – Cybersecurity, DOD and Regulation

In this Q&A, CREATe CEO Pamela Passman asks questions of Robert Metzger about the latest trends and challenges in protecting sensitive Department of Defense information. Metzger recently reviewed and commented on CREATe’s...more

False Claims Act “Implied Certification” Update: Supreme Court Oral Argument Forecasts Continued Vitality of Controversial...

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on April 19, 2016, in United Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, a case expected to resolve the current split among federal appellate courts on the so-called...more

Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Regulations Sent To OMB For Approval

On May 4, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) received proposed final regulations for the implementation of President Obama’s controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”). The Order,...more

Concession Contracts Regulations 2016

After a long legislative process which began in Brussels over 10 years ago the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 (Regulations) have finally come into force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Second Quarter 2016

Government Contracting - LESSONS LEARNED FROM PROTESTS INVOLVING “LATE” PROPOSALS - Most, if not all, proposals for government contracts are submitted electronically, whether by email or through a third...more

DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Interaction Between Affordable Care Act And Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Service Contract,...

The Davis Bacon Act and the Davis Bacon Related Acts (collectively “DBRA”) and the Service Contract Act (“SCA”) impose additional obligations related to fringe benefits and wages on covered contractors. With the passing of...more

House Armed Services Committee Adopts Amendment To 2017 National Defense Authorization Act Exempting Defense Contractors From...

On April 28, 2016 the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (the “Amendment”), which would exempt federal defense contractors from compliance...more

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