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DSS Issues NISPOM Revisions Requiring Cleared Contractors to Create Inside Threat Programs

On May 18, 2016, the Defense Security Service (DSS) issued a much anticipated Change 2 to DoD-5220.22-M, known as the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). Change 2 requires all contractors that hold...more

Design-Build Contractors Get Ready to Go Back to School

For bid requests issued on or after July 1, 2016, California school districts, with approval of their governing board, Schoolmay procure design-build contracts for projects in excess of $1M, awarding the contract to either...more

Human Trafficking Regulations to Be Updated to Define “Recruitment Fees”

Government Contractors should be aware of how a new proposed definition of the term “recruitment fees” in the human trafficking clause will impact their hiring practices and should prepare now for compliance. In the...more

Draft Released of Highly Anticipated Massachusetts Energy Bill

This week a draft of the long-awaited Massachusetts energy bill was reported out of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. The bill would require the Commonwealth’s distribution companies to...more

Ready . . . Set. . . Stop — Travel Crawls Along During I-84 Interchange Construction

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, I am looking forward to a trip to New Hampshire to enjoy warm sunshine, cold beverages and a little R&R sitting on the front porch and looking at the mountain view.  But before I get there,...more

Ready, Set: Time to Add Ready-Mixed Concrete to “Public Works” Definition

Public works contracts awarded on or after July 1, 2016 will be subject to the more expansive definition of public works added by California Assembly Bill 219 (Daly). For purposes of Article 2 of California’s Labor Code,...more

DoD, GSA, NASA: New Contract Proposal Registration Rule

Friday morning, May 20, 2016, the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and NASA issued a proposed rule to clarify that prospective government contractors must register with the System for Award...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

Legal Landscape: SBA Expands the WOSB/EDWOSB Contract Program, Importance of the Economic Loss Rule and Self-Reporting Requirement...

Welcome to the fourth edition of Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in...more

Senate Armed Services Committee Releases 2017 NDAA Bill with Big Changes for GAO Protest Costs

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (“SASC”) completed its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2017. Several of the SASC’s changes to the NDAA address the costs of...more

North Carolina General Assembly Makes Public-Private Development Agreements More Available And Attractive

Before 2005, North Carolina's laws on vested rights offered developers some protection, but not enough, for the large, multi-phased, multi-year, mixed use developments that are becoming the norm. Developers and their lenders...more

A New Cybersecurity Regime and a New Regulation to Mandate Secure Information Systems for Government Contractors

Congress has enacted a recent wave of legislation to address ongoing cybersecurity threats; the Executive Branch, on May 12, 2016, adopted new cybersecurity regulations; and other Federal initiatives are underway and will...more

Supreme Court Considers Circuit Split On The “Implied Certification” Theory Under the False Claims Act

On April 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument on the viability and breadth of the “implied certification” theory of the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The implied certification theory supports FCA...more

Special Alert: Second Circuit Reverses SDNY Judgment; Rules Fraud Claim Based on Contractual Promise Cannot Support FIRREA...

On May 23, in an opinion delivered by Circuit Judge Richard Wesley, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court for the Southern District of New York’s (SDNY) July 30, 2014 judgment ordering a bank and its...more

OIG Updates Permissive Exclusion Criteria – Suggests Compliance Programs Are Expected

On April 18th, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued updated guidance describing the factors it will consider in determining whether to exercise its permissive authority to exclude individuals and entities from federal...more

Cook County Circuit Court Dismisses 201 False Claims Act Lawsuits

At a hearing yesterday, Cook County Circuit Judge James Snyder granted the State of Illinois’ (State) Motion to Dismiss 201 Illinois False Claims Act (FCA) cases filed by the law firm of Stephen B. Diamond, PC (Relator)...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers

Volume V—The Land Mines Strewn Throughout the Data Room - M&A transactions, like most transactions in life, involve a cost/benefit analysis. Some cost/benefit analyses are relatively easy to perform. For example, if I...more

Differences in Medical Opinions: Not Enough to Prove FCA Liability

In a $200 million False Claims Act (FCA) litigation with certain twists and turns, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama recently found that the federal government failed to show that claims submitted...more

GWACs and MACs - Vital Tools for Small Business - Set-Aside Alert

Government-wide acquisition contracts ("GWACs")and multiple award contracts ("MACs")have become increasingly important to contractors and agencies, and they can be invaluable vehicles for small businesses. ...more

GSA Issues Notice Concerning Trade Agreements Act and “Made in America” Compliance

On May 5, 2016—without advance warning—thousands of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract holders received a notice requiring them to verify—within one week—the country of origin...more

Site-Neutral Billing Exemptions

The Balanced Budget Bill Act of 2015 has a site-neutral billing provision relating to off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Those are facilities away from the hospital campus but certified as part of the...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

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

"MADE IN AMERICA" : GSA Stepping Up Trade Agreements Act Compliance Enforcement

Government Contractors should be aware that the General Services Administration ("GSA") is taking a more aggressive approach to policing Contractor compliance with the Trade Agreements Act ("TAA") among GSA Schedule contract...more

Recent Decision Underscores the Importance of Keeping Detailed and Accurate Daily Logs

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals’ (ASBCA) recent decision in Dick Pacific Constr. Co., Ltd, serves as an important reminder to federal construction contractors that keeping consistent and detailed daily logs is...more

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