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Congress votes unanimously to extend SCRA one-year foreclosure protection period

Congress has unanimously approved legislation to extend until January 2016 a provision of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) that prohibits foreclosing on a servicemember’s house for one year following the...more

Senate Passes Extenders Legislation For Calendar Year 2014

In the annual ritual of last minute legislative action, the Senate has passed the renewal of nearly all of the so-called Extenders legislation by a vote of 76 to 16, which will make the tax incentives applicable to calendar...more

Don’t Tell the Government “It Wasn’t Me”: ASBCA Holds Contract Void Ab Initio for Fraud

In the Appeal of Vertex Construction & Engineering, ASBCA No. 58988, decided last month, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”) exercised a “harsh” remedy in declaring Appellant’s contract void ab initio...more

ABA Requests Guidance On SCRA Notice Form Expiration

On December 3, the ABA sent a letter to HUD’s General Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing requesting guidance on the use of form HUD-92070 under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. HUD Form 92070 relates to...more

Federal District Court Looks to State Statute of Limitations for SCRA Action

On November 25, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan applied the state’s three-year statute of limitations for conversion in granting a motion to dismiss a servicemember’s claims of wrongful...more

Corruption and the Security Sector.

Recently, there has been a great deal of writing about the impact of corruption on security forces. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace published a work titled Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International...more

Military Electronics Export Reform: Let the Chips Fall Where They May

Every time there is a new round of reforms under the President’s Export Control Reform initiative, we hear the same advice: - Controls on certain items are eliminated or reduced (which creates new opportunities for...more

Africa Update - December 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Drop Your Weapons: The United States Restricts Military Exports to Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to restrict exports to Venezuela of certain items intended for “a military end use or end user.” ...more

Court Ruling Confirms that SDVOSB Contractors Possess Procedural Due Process Rights Against Adverse Eligibility Determinations

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affair's ("VA") Center for Veterans Enterprise (“CVE”) has a tough and sometimes thankless job. Its role is to serve as a “gatekeeper” for VA contracting programs for service-disabled,...more

Defence Reform Act 2014 And Associated Regulations: A New Framework for Single Source Procurement

The Defence Reform Act 2014 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. Part 2 of the Act creates a new statutory framework for single-source contracts, to be called the Single Source Contract Regulations (the...more

Comment Period is Closing for U.S. Department of Defense’s Proposed Military Lending Act Rules Expansion

On September 29, 2014, DOD proposed expanding its regulation implementing the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) and the comment period for the proposed amendment is November 28, 2014. The MLA provides consumer protections for...more

Army Attempted to Fire Whistleblower in Unearned Pay Scandal

Kenneth Delano, an Army civilian police officer, recently became aware of a situation in which he claims that other officers on the force were receiving more pay than they had earned. After he alerted his superiors to these...more

Quirky Question #244, An Update on Ebola

In Quirky Question #244, we discussed what employers should do to protect their employees and businesses in light of the potential Ebola threat. Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly 700 Minnesota National...more

CFPB praises change in military discretionary allotment system

CFPB Assistant Director for Servicemember Affairs Holly Petraeus has issued a statement applauding changes to the military discretionary allotment system announced last week by the Department of Defense (DoD). The...more

Minnesota National Guard to Fight Ebola in Liberia

Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly 700 Minnesota National Guard members to deploy to Liberia this spring to help fight the Ebola epidemic. The citizen-soldiers are scheduled to start training in March...more

CFPB highlights alleged credit reporting errors relating to discharged student loans of disabled veterans

In a new blog post, the CFPB provides credit reporting advice to service-disabled veterans who take advantage of federal student loan forgiveness available from the Department of Education for veterans who receive a 100...more

CFPB issues bulletin on consideration of public assistance income in credit decisions

The CFPB has issued a new bulletin (Bulletin 2014-03) that is intended “to remind creditors” of their ECOA/Regulation B obligations with respect to consideration of public assistance income and relevant standards and...more

Pets For Vets

We owe so much to the men and women who have fought for our country. In addition to the many who have died, many others come home with physical and emotional disabilities. It is estimated that up to 20% return with Post...more

BIS Ramps Up Restrictions on Trade With Venezuela

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) recently published a final rule adding to existing U.S. government restrictions on trade with Venezuela. The November 7th rule amends Section 744.21 of...more

"Expansion of Military End-Use Controls Creates Potential Pitfalls for Exporters"

On November 7, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a final rule implementing controls on exports, re-exports and transfers of a variety of goods, software and technologies for...more

SEC Brings Its Sixth Insider Trading Action As An Administrative Proceeding Since September

The SEC is clearly bringing more cases as administrative proceedings. To be sure, many of its “broken windows” actions are brought in that forum. At the same time, it is brining other cases which are traditionally brought as...more

Impact of the 2014 Midterm Elections on Defense

Election Outcomes - On November 4th, Americans went to the polls to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. In a widely anticipated outcome, the Senate flipped from Democratic to Republican control. At the time of this...more

VA Health Reform: New Opportunities for Providers

The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-146) significantly expands access to health care services funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), creates new opportunities for...more

In Flanders Field . . .

Today is Veterans Day. The date commemorates the ending of the First World War on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 a.m. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first “Armistice Day”, as it was then known...more

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