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U.S. Military Special Operations Command Workers’ Data Exposed by Vendor

Military personnel continue to be victimized by data breaches. This time, the personal information of healthcare workers employed by Potomac Healthcare Solutions (Potomac), who work for a U.S. Special Operations Command were...more

Follow – and Expand? – the Fleet

It is a fundamental precept of military planning that naval operations are a capital-intensive endeavor, given the long time involved in the design and construction of the ships of the U.S. Navy's fleet. The Navy currently...more

LPTA Out, Fixed Price Contracts In

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17 NDAA), signed into law by President Obama on December 23, includes limitations on a low price evaluation methodology and a preference for fixed price contracts...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof for USERRA Claims

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Third Circuit held that, in a failure-to-promote USERRA case, plaintiffs need not plead or prove that they are objectively qualified for the position sought in order to meet their initial burden of...more

CFPB settles with military financing company for alleged TILA/EFTA disclosure violations

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Military Credit Services, LLC, a company providing revolving credit to military consumers, to settle allegations that the company’s open-end credit agreements...more

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. Embargoes and Economic Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and Cuba

U.S. embargoes and economic sanctions on countries such as Iran, Russia and Cuba were discussed at length by both candidates during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and President-Elect Trump has stated that he intended to...more

Virginia Supreme Court Rules Sovereign Immunity Bars Private USERRA Claims Against State Employers in State Court

The Supreme Court of Virginia, in Clark v. Virginia Department of State Police, No. 151857 (Dec. 1. 2016), recently ruled that the doctrine of sovereign immunity barred a private plaintiff’s claim under the Uniformed Services...more

Companies Face New Process in Disclosures of Potential Export Violations

Companies opting to file voluntary disclosures of potential export violations with the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will soon be required to utilize a new process for submitting their...more

The U.S. Department of Justice is Ramping Up its Enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Think you are in compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act? Now would be a good time to make sure since the federal government is increasing its enforcement efforts as part of its Servicemembers and Veterans...more

Government Contractor Defense May Apply to Commercially Available Products

The California Court of Appeal has confirmed that the “government contractor” defense may apply to products made available to both the federal government and commercial markets, even where the defendant did not design or...more

U.S. Navy Announces Breach of 134,386 Sailors’ Information from Laptop of Vendor

The U.S. Navy has revealed that it has been notified by one of its vendors that a laptop of the contractor was the source of a data breach that compromised the names and Social Security numbers of 134,386 current and former...more

Asbestos Alert: Government Contractor Defense Available to Broker Which Arranged for Asbestos-Containing Insulation to Be Provided...

California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (November 22, 2016) - The Government Contractor defense is available in asbestos lawsuits brought against manufacturers and suppliers of military hardware and...more

NDAA to Reinstate GAO Task Order Jurisdiction

It appears that, at long last, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will have permanent jurisdiction over task and delivery orders exceeding certain thresholds. The right of federal contractors to protest agencies'...more

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

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

GAO report highlights gap in SCRA oversight for private student loans; encourages CFPB to seek additional statutory authority

On November 18, the GAO released a report examining issues related to implementation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) interest rate cap for student loans. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and...more

CFPB to participate in interagency MLA webinar

On December 1, 2016, the  FDIC will co-host an interagency webinar that will focus on Military Lending Act regulations and the Department of Defense’s recently-released interpretive rule. In addition to a CFPB...more

As part of joint initiative with the CFPB, FTC launches updated, mobile-friendly Military Consumer website

This week, the FTC announced the launch of a redesigned Military Consumer website as part of its joint initiative with the DoD, CFPB and others. Military.Consumer.gov is a financial readiness website designed to help...more

Proposed Rule For Independent Research & Development (“IR&D”) Costs Raises Concerns

On November 4, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued a proposed rule that would amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) to require DOD Contracting Officers to adjust offerors’ proposed...more

CFPB issues report on servicemember complaints

A new CFPB report, “A snapshot of servicemember complaints,” focuses on issues related to VA mortgage refinancing. The report indicates that as of November 1, 2016, the CFPB had received over 12,500 mortgage complaints...more

Department of Defense Proposes New Uniform Grant and Cooperative Agreement Regulations

On November 7, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) published six Notices of Proposed Rulemakings that collectively update the agency's existing interim regulations governing awards of grants and cooperative agreements. 81...more

State Laws Encourage Employers to Honor Veterans

The tradition of annually recognizing the courage and contribution of veterans dates back to November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. November 11 became a national holiday in 1938, and employers in...more

Proposed IR&D DFARS rule would competitively punish technology innovators

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

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’s Proposed Rule Would Create Additional Risk and Burdens for Contractors Handling Export-Controlled Information

The Proposed Rule creates a procedure for DoD to release unclassified technical data subject to EAR and ITAR to “qualified contractors,” which are defined to mean qualified U.S. and Canadian contractors. The Proposed Rule...more

Department of Defense Issues Final Version of Key Cybersecurity Rule

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

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