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Government Contractors Brace For Continuing Changes in Cybersecurity Regulations

The federal government has responded to recent data breaches by making cybersecurity a top priority, and it continues to consider and implement a number of regulations that affect government contractors. Over the past...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

The DBA's Exclusive Workers Compensation Scheme for Overseas Government Contractor Personnel

Understanding the preemptive role of the Defense Base Act (‘‘DBA’’) is crucial for any federal government contractor performing overseas work for the US military or federal departments or agencies. The DBA creates an...more

The FCPA Risks of Teaming in the Defense Industry

As reported in the December 25, 2015 New York Times (NYT) article, “U.S. Foreign Arms Deals Increased Nearly $10 Billion in 2014,” “foreign arms sales by the United States jumped by almost $10 billion in 2014, about 35...more

Termination for Default Held Improper

A contractor performed a project involving the construction of stone dike extensions and other work at four sites on the Mississippi River. Nelson, Inc. ASBCA No. 57201 (December 15, 2015). One of the issues was whether the...more

OFCCP Regulations Prohibiting Pay Secrecy Policies & Required Posting Effective Now

Executive Order 13665 & Pay Transparency Regulations Effective Now - Following the NLRB’s lead on employee rights regarding discussion of confidential wage issues, Executive Order 13665 and the Office of Contract...more

False Claims Act Update: A Statistical Review of 2015 and Key Events for 2016

As reported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a December 2015 press release, the False Claims Act (FCA) remains the federal government’s primary means for combating fraud. In 2015, the DOJ recovered $3.583 billion in FCA...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

Timely Documentation is Critical

In a recent decision by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Dick Pacific Construction Co., Ltd., ASBCA No. 57675 et. al., decided on December 15, 2015, the Board repeated something that has been said many times...more

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

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

UPDATE: DoD Cybersecurity Rules Expand Contractors’ and Other DoD Awardees’ Obligations to Safeguard Sensitive Data and Report...

On December 30, 2015, DoD published an interim rule, effective immediately, amending portions of the August Rule. Most importantly, pursuant to the new rule, contractors administering covered information systems that are not...more

Court Denies Counsel’s Attempt To Use Confidential Documents Obtained In Reinsurance Arbitration In Separate Litigation

A reinsurer that was engaged in a London arbitration against a captive insurer of a defense contractor for the U.S. Navy had obtained documents from the Navy subject to a an agreed confidentiality protective order limiting...more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year in Review

This year continued the trend of aggressive False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and high volumes of qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers. In fiscal year 2015, the DOJ marked the fourth...more

DoD Inspector General Publishes Annual Oversight Plan

On December 10, 2015, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Defense published its Oversight Plan for Fiscal Year 2016. While the Defense OIG has published an annual audit plan in past years, this is...more

An Evolving Landscape: Timeliness of government disallowance of expenses contained in incurred cost proposals may depend on...

The last three years have seen a run of Contract Disputes Act (CDA) statute of limitations (SOL) cases involving contractor incurred cost proposals (ICP). The sledding has been more difficult for contractors after the Federal...more

More Whistleblowing Means More Worries for Employers

If you are an employer in the health care or defense industry, in addition to compliance with the panoply of employment laws you must adhere to, employers must also be attuned to their exposure to whistleblower claims under...more

Additional Changes Concerning VOSB/SDVOSB Verification?

It’s been an eventful November for the Federal Government’s VOSB/SDVOSB programs. First, the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) issued a proposed rule outlining changes that would drastically change the manner in which...more

Big News for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to amend the Department of Transportation’s (“DOT”) definition of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) to include Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (“VOSBs”). This was...more

VA Proposes Changes to VOSB/SDVOSB Regulations, Aims for Consistency with COFC Ruling in Cohen Seglias' Miles Construction Case

On November 6, 2015, the VA issued a proposed rule, which could drastically change the way the two eligibility requirements for VOSBs and SDVOSBs are interpreted. The VA explained the changes as follows...more

Improvements Noted in the VA’s CVE Verification Process

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) notes measurable improvement in the processes used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to verify Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses...more

VA Proposes Significant Changes to Its VOSB/SDVOSB Verification Program

On November 6, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a proposed rule amending its regulations governing the VA’s verification program for veteran owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran owned...more

An Overbroad Confidentiality Agreement Could Cost Your Company a DoD Contract, or Worse

Action Item: Defense contractors should promptly examine their personnel policies and employee confidentiality agreements to avoid a serious risk created by a new DoD Contract Clause and Certification. If a contractor’s...more

The GAO and the Rule of Two

This seems to be an active couple of weeks regarding government contracting as well as SBA matters. This update will very briefly cover a protest regarding the rule of two within multiple award contracts; the Army not...more

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