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Lawyer Sues DDTC Over "Public Domain"

A New York City attorney is suing the U.S. State Department over a proposed change to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The change pertains to how the regulations define “public domain,” and, if...more

CFPB issues snapshot of servicemember complaints

The CFPB has issued a new “snapshot of servicemember complaints.”  The report states that as of November 2015, the CFPB had received about 2,500 complaints from servicemembers, veterans and their dependents about high-cost...more

End of Year Legislative Agenda

With the House and Senate in recess this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are now only a very limited number of scheduled legislative days left for the year – 12 in the House and 15 in the Senate – and there is...more

Veterans Day: A Day to Remember, to Honor, and to Reexamine Compliance with Laws Protecting Servicemembers

As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and someone who has seen the challenges that veterans face firsthand, I can attest to the benefits of giving veterans an opportunity to return to work following periods of...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

Landlords, Leases And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

As President Obama slows the drawdown of troops overseas — and as the nation expands its fight against ISIS — a growing number of service members will seek the benefits and protections of a nearly century-old law that...more

FTC Signs Memorandum of Agreement to Prevent Fraudulent and Deceptive Practices Against Servicemembers

On November 12, the FTC announced that it signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to provide mutual assistance in preventing fraudulent and deceptive acts by “institutions of higher learning and...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

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Spotlight on Veterans and Military

On Tuesday Governor Pat McCrory celebrated the ribbon cutting and dedication of the historic downtown Raleigh Seaboard building, which will house the newly created Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Approximately...more

FTC and VA enter into agreement for investigating educational institutions

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs have signed a “Memorandum of Agreement” (MOA) “to provide mutual assistance in the oversight and enforcement of laws pertaining to advertising, sales, and...more

New Rules Will Make It Harder to Qualify for Long-Term Care Help From the VA

The Veteran's Administration (VA) offers a pension benefit to low-income veterans (or their spouses) who are in nursing homes or who need help at home with everyday tasks like dressing or bathing. The pension, called Aid and...more

Military Divorce and the “20/20/20 Rule”

My first exposure to military divorce came not as an attorney, but rather as a child raised on a military base for most of my formative years. Any “Army/Navy/Air Force/Marine/Coast Guard Brat” can attest that there are a...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

Recent Data Suggests Contractors Are Getting A Fair Shake Before The ASBCA

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals recently released its Report of Transactions and Proceedings for FY2015. The data reveals some interesting trends and provides useful guidance for contractors considering their...more

Africa Update - November 2015

Leading the News - Egypt: On October 31st, a Russian jet carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all people on board. While the cause of the crash was not...more

Government contractor industry brief urges Fourth Circuit to reaffirm “battlefield contractor” tort-suit defenses

On October 29, 2015, Dentons filed an amicus brief with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of its clients, the Professional Services Council—The Voice of the Government Services Industry and the Coalition for...more

Hacker arrests and prosecutions update

We previously reported that alleged Ukranian hacker Sergey Vovnenko, also known as “Flycracker,” “Fly” and “Darklife” was extradited from Italy, arrested and charged in New Jersey federal court for his part in disbursing the...more

CFPB Continues to Take Action Against Offenders in Debt Collection Services

CFPB Takes Action Against Servicemember Auto Lender Security National Automotive Acceptance Company - On October 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed an administrative order against Security...more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

New DoD Cybersecurity Rule and How Contractors Can Reduce Their Risks

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim cybersecurity rule in August 2015 that, among other things, revises the existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity clause and increases...more

Counterfeit Parts Rule: Do You Know Where Your Parts Came From?

You may have heard about DFARS 252.246-7007, Contractor Counterfeit Electronic Part Detection and Avoidance System, also known as the “Counterfeit Parts Rule.” The rule requires contractors who provide electronic parts to the...more

Department of Defense Spending Decreases, But Other Agencies Buck the Trend

Fiscal year (FY) 2014 saw a continued decrease in the Department of Defense (DoD) spending. In FY 2014, DoD spent $418 billion on payroll and contracts, which roughly equals 2.4% of the U.S. GDP. Recall that in 2013,...more

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