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Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2016

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Withholding of Unclassified Technical Data and Technology from Public Disclosure - The Department of Defense (“DOD”) Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and...more

DoD Publishes Guidance on MLA Amendments

With the July 2015 amendments to the Military Lending Act (MLA) set to take effect on October 3, the Department of Defense (DoD) published an interpretive rule to help financial institutions achieve compliance with the...more

Final Rule Issued Implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (the FAR Council) have issued for publication in today’s Federal Register, a final rule amending the Federal...more

Export Regulation Revisions: Harmonization of Destination Control Statements

New rules synchronize Destination Control Statements for EAR and ITAR. On August 17, both the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the US State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade...more

Discretion in Procurement: The GAO Finds for the Government

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a decision that could be used by government agencies to support “all encompassing” RFPs, or RFPs that require one bidder to provide several products and services even if, in...more

Regulatory and Legislative Changes: No Summer Holiday Break

While you may have thought that the major party conventions and Olympic Games in Rio would have resulted in a break from significant legislative and regulatory changes, that simply does not seem to be the case. ...more

Brexit, Export Controls, Preferential Trade and Sanctions Programmes – Strategies and Tactics for Success Post-Brexit

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union in a historic referendum. Following the referendum, legal issues relating to export control, sanctions programmes, and preferential trade have arisen for...more

Court of Federal Claims Rules Contracting Officer’s Failure to Exercise Independent Business Judgment Renders Partial Termination...

Securiforce Int’l America, LLC v. United States, 125 Fed. Cl. 749 (March 21, 2016) - Plaintiff Securiforce International America, LLC (“Securiforce”) was awarded a contract by the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (“DLA...more

Second Circuit Finds FCA Claims about Night-Vision Goggles Lack Sufficient Particularity

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss FCA claims alleging that defendants supplied $1.5 billion worth of deficient night-vision goggles to the U.S. military. United...more

Opportunities for Increased Drug Sales to the VA

Pharmaceutical manufacturers that produce drugs in non-designated countries under the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) may now have an opportunity to increase their sales to the United States government. The Department of Veterans...more

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

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

Pennsylvania AG Sues Financial Services Company for Defrauding Veterans

On May 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced the filing of a civil lawsuit in the Clinton County (PA) Court of Common Pleas against an Ohio financial services company and its owner for misleading at least four...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

Contractor Blacklisting for Defense Contractors? The HASC Says “Not So Fast”

At last, we have a little good news for government contractors. By a vote of 34–28 taken late in the evening on April 27, 2016, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) adopted a measure that would block the application of...more

DoD Proposes Cost Allowability Rule for Correcting Counterfeit Electronic Parts

The Department of Defense (“DoD”) recently proposed to make specified costs allowable that are associated with discovering and correcting counterfeit or suspect counterfeit electronic parts. DoD’s proposed rule would amend...more

New UK Open General Export Licences for Components

UK exporters may now use two new Open General Export Licences (OGELs), reducing the administrative burden of exporting a range of military and dual use components, including printed circuit boards....more

Trade groups seek clarifications to Military Lending Act regulations

A number of prominent industry trade groups have written to the Department of Defense (DoD) seeking clarifications to the Military Lending Act (MLA) final rule adopted in July 2015 that dramatically expanded the scope of the...more

Corporate E-Note - February 2016

With the start of the 2016 tax reporting season, taxpayers making certain payments to a person or entity with a Tennessee address may find that Tennessee has added to the number of information returns they need to...more

Foreign investment review and national security

Focus on the US - Scope of foreign investment review expanding in the US - The US maintains an extensive, though voluntary, foreign investment review process under the Committee on Foreign Investments in the US...more

US Government Contractors Face Another Reporting Obligation under Proposed Rule for Payment of Subcontractors

If adopted as proposed, the costs to government contractors to implement changes necessary to meet the reporting obligations could be substantial. On January 20, the Department of Defense, General Services...more

Department of Defense Revises Landmark Cybersecurity Rule, Extends Deadline for Some Compliance Requirements

On December 30, 2015, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a second interim rule on Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services, amending an earlier version issued on August 26, 2015. The new, amended...more

Extension given to DOD contractors to comply with cybersecurity requirements

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interim rule on December 30, 2015 that extended the deadline for DOD contractors to comply with security requirements for protecting non-classified, but sensitive government...more

Updates to the Department of Defense’s New Cyber Security Regulation

At the end of 2015, the US Department of Defense (DoD) issued a second interim rule, effective immediately, modifying cyber security control requirements it issued earlier in 2015. In particular, this second interim rule (1)...more

Department of Defense Provides Government Contractors a Grace Period for Compliance with Key Cybersecurity Requirements

In response to industry concerns and comments, on December 30, 2015, the Department of Defense issued a new interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity rules promulgated...more

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