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NISPOM Change 2 Deadlines Coming for Cleared Contractors

by Hogan Lovells on

As industry comes up on the one-year anniversary of the publication of Change 2 to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)1, a number of implementation deadlines are drawing near. This blog post...more

Insider Threat Program Awareness Training Deadline - Cybersecurity and Privacy Team Alert

In May 2016, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence issued a requirement for cleared government contractors to establish an “insider threat program” (ITP) to better protect national security networks from...more

Top unmanned aircraft systems developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies are not new to game-changing technology innovations. It is therefore no surprise that a number of ADG companies are early investors in unmanned aircraft systems...more

Top trade secret developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Trade secrets form one of the most valuable assets of technology companies. The protection of trade secrets is widely seen as essential to foster innovation and economic growth. This past year, both the United States (U.S.)...more

Top M&A developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

We expect 2017 M&A activity in the aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) industry sector to equal or surpass 2016 M&A activity. Although 2016 M&A activity was down both by volume and value over 2015 it was...more

Top international trade and export control developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies increasingly rely on international customers and global supply chains to stay competitive in today’s global market. In the United States, ADG companies rely heavily...more

Top cybersecurity developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

While all companies should be concerned with their cybersecurity posture, companies in the aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) industry are potentially subject to greater risks due to the industry's highly...more

Top commercial space developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Thinking big and small(sat) satellites - The Huffington Post recently identified “Top 10 Tech Trends Transforming Humanity.”1 The first of these transformative tech trends was labeled “we are hyper-connecting the world”...more

DOD U.S.-CERT Cybersecurity Incident Reporting for Defense Contractors Effective April 1, 2017

New U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S.-Cert) guidelines around incident reporting went into effect this week (April 1, 2017). The guidelines require all federal departments and agencies, state, local, tribal and...more

Former NSA Contractor Indicted for Theft of Government Property

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a former contractor of a defense contractor has been indicted for stealing over 75 percent of hacking tools belonging to the Nations Security Agency’s offensive...more

DFARS and DIB: Compliance Steps for DoD’s Newly Finalized Cybersecurity Rules for Contractors

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For businesses that work with the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”), two important rules for safeguarding certain categories of sensitive information and reporting cyber incidents were recently finalized, updating the...more

Proposed IR&D DFARS rule would competitively punish technology innovators

by Dentons on

Understanding that it will punish innovative contractors for engaging in independent research and development (IR&D) and taking on risks that would otherwise be borne by the government, on November 4, 2016, the US Department...more

Department of Defense Issues Final Version of Key Cybersecurity Rule

by WilmerHale on

On October 21, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued its final rule on Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services, amending an interim version issued on August 26, 2015, and revised on December...more

DoD Finalizes Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing Rule

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On October 21, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule following-up on the interim rules it had issued on August 26 and December 30, 2015, regarding safeguarding contractor networks and purchasing cloud...more

DOJ Charges Defense Contractor with Removal and Retention of Classified Materials

The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced that it has charged a Maryland man, Harold Thomas Martin III with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government...more

Poder discrecional en las adquisiciones: La GAO falla a favor del gobierno

La Oficina de Fiscalización del Gobierno (Government Accountability Office, GAO) emitió una decisión que podría ser utilizada por las agencias gubernamentales para apoyar las Solicitudes de propuestas (Request for Proposal,...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

ITAR For Government Contractors: Revised For Recent Amendments

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One of the most important areas of regulation for defense contractors is the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). ITAR are the State Department controls that regulate the defense industry. Companies regulated...more

Opportunities for Increased Drug Sales to the VA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

FAR Information System Security Standards Rules Finalized

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. federal government announced on May 16, 2016, new Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules that set high-level standards for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that process, store or transmit...more

Final Government Contractor Basic Data Security Rule Issued

by WilmerHale on

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

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

Veterans Affairs to Permit Acquisition of Non-TAA-Compliant Drugs

by Reed Smith on

In a significant policy reversal, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will require all covered drugs under the Veterans Health Care Act (VHCA) to be offered on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS)...more

DoD Reveals its Cybersecurity Discipline Implementation Plan (or How 1940s War Department VD Training Can Help Your 21st Century...

“If our country is to successfully defend our right to live the American way, it needs every one of you, and requires you in the best possible condition. Any [company] who willfully, or through neglect fails to maintain...more

Cybersecurity: 2015’s top legal developments and what they mean for key sectors

by DLA Piper on

At the US federal level, 2015 ushered in significant new laws, regulations, and guidance on cybersecurity as lawmakers, regulators, and businesses continued their efforts to combat cybercrime - one of the most significant...more

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