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Publication of the revised MPRDA Amendment Bill

The revised Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill 15D – 2013 (the Bill) was passed by the National Assembly on 1 November 2016. The Bill has now been referred to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)....more

When it Comes to Pay-to-Play, Not All Political Recipients are Created Equal

If any New Jersey State contractor or potential State contractor out there ever thought that it didn’t need to put political-activity and pay-to-play compliance at the top of its “To Do” list, we have a cautionary tale for...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update - February 2017

Our February edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of January....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2017 #2

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustments The Small Business Administration has issued an interim final rule amending its regulations to adjust for inflation the amount of certain...more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

CFIUS: Recent Developments and Trends

The past year has ushered in significant transformations in the cross-border M&A and US political landscapes, including a number of emerging developments and trends that have affected the review process of the Committee on...more

Congress in Process of Passing Disapproval Resolution of Blacklisting Regulations

On February 2, 2017, by a vote of 236 to 187, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a joint resolution of disapproval to block the Final Rule implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - National security and foreign investment review

Focus on the US - Defense and national security - The 115th Congress will mark the first opportunity in a decade for a Republican-controlled House and Senate to work with a Republican president. In 2017, leading...more

Attorney General Sessions' Focus on Fraud Enforcement to Have Immediate Impact on Federal Government Contractors

Today, Feb. 9, former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the 84th Attorney General of the United States. While today marked only the beginning of his term, Attorney General Sessions’ record as a former federal...more

"Buy American, Hire American"—From Rhetoric to Regulation

“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” While world leaders are pondering what these words from President Trump’s Inaugural Address mean for international trade, a different question looms for U.S....more

Wage and Hour Update – Federal and Local Laws on the Chopping Block

During the Obama administration, federal agencies enacted wage and hour regulations that tended to favor employees, even while the federal minimum wage remained unchanged. State and local governments also played a role,...more

New Administration Signals New Challenges and Opportunities for Federal Contractors

Just a few days into Donald Trump’s presidency, he has already taken actions that raise potential challenges and opportunities for federal contractors. In his Memorandum of January 23, 2017, Trump imposed a hiring freeze on...more

Hail to . . . The Contracting Officer in Chief? - Donald Trump, Lockheed Martin and the Art of the Government Deal

The art of the deal in government contracts is much more complex than in the private sector because public policies and principles attach to the use of public funds. President Donald Trump has made his federal...more

Congress Acts to Rescind the Already-Enjoined Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation and Other Last-Minute Obama Administration...

On February 2 the House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 37, which would nullify the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces rule issued on August 25, 2016. If the identical pending joint resolution is passed by the...more

Infrastructure Plan Watch: A Democratic Proposal and a Hearing on the Hill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing this week to discuss “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America.” This follows the release last month of the $1 trillion Democratic blueprint to...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2017

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs - On January 30, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order requiring for every one new federal...more

OFCCP – Here to Stay or Not? Signs Indicate OFCCP Will Survive

With the transition to a new presidential administration well under way, everyone is looking for signs to help predict the future. Given President Trump’s sweeping executive action, including entering an Executive Order...more

A New World Order?

In the wake of November’s elections, just about the only thing that Washington can agree on is a pervasive sense of uncertainty about the future, which includes the direction of government regulation. The fact that many...more

What’s Next Under the Congressional Review Act?

As we reported, the House and Senate have passed a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act disapproving the SEC Resource Extraction Rule and that President Trump was expected to sign the legislation that...more

President Announces Continuation of E.O. 13672 Protections for Government Contractors

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 31, 2017, the White House announced that it will continue to enforce the workplace protections for sexual orientation and gender identity put in place under Executive Order 13672. On...more

Congress to Take Action to Undo the Contractor Blacklisting Rule

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced on the House Floor today that Congress will take direct aim at formally rescinding "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces", also known as the contractor "blacklisting" rule. We have...more

"Trump Infrastructure Plan May Open Opportunities for Projects"

After nearly two decades of widening concern over the declining state of U.S. infrastructure, it was not surprising that infrastructure became a central theme in the 2016 election cycle. Improving our nation’s transportation,...more

Beginning of the End for Davis-Bacon?

The federal prevailing wage statute, known as "Davis-Bacon," has been in place for over eighty years. In essence, it requires that union wages be paid on all federal construction projects....more

Don’t Go Changing: White House Keeping Obama LGBTQ Order in Place

Over the weekend several media outlets reported that a draft executive order was being circulated that overturned President Obama’s 2014 directive prohibiting federal employers and contractors from discriminating on the basis...more

White House Reaffirms Protections For Federal Contractor LGBTQ Workers

Earlier today, the White House issued a statement announcing that it would continue to enforce President Obama’s 2014 executive order that protects the rights of the LGBTQ community in the federal contractor workplace. While...more

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