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Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Amendments to Department of Defense (“DOD”) Mentor-Protégé Program DOD has issued a proposed rule which will amend the DFARS to implement Section 861 of the NDAA 2016, which provides amendments...more

D.C. Circuit Rules That the 8(a) Program is Constitutional, But Its Reasoning Raises Questions

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a split decision holding that § 8(a) of the Small Business Act does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the...more

DoD Publishes Guidance on MLA Amendments

With the July 2015 amendments to the Military Lending Act (MLA) set to take effect on October 3, the Department of Defense (DoD) published an interpretive rule to help financial institutions achieve compliance with the...more

ASBCA Questions Consideration of Materiality in Certain Cost Accounting Change Cases

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA or the Board) recently released a decision addressing the final issue of materiality in the long saga of the Raytheon accounting change case. ASBCA No. 58068, August 9,...more

A Closer Look at DOD’s New Guidance on the Military Lending Act Regulations

On August 26, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued an interpretive rule (the “Interpretive Rule”) providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (“MLA”). That same day, we...more

Company Eliminated from Army Contract Competition Due to ITAR Compliance Program Description

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied on Aug. 11, 2016, a government contract protest by Microwave Monolithics Inc. See GAO case number B-413088. The case is noteworthy because of the reason for denial. The...more

Ballard Spahr partner Dee Spagnuolo joins CFPB OMWI Director on panel at ABA meeting

Members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services group recently participated in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts. On September 8, Ballard partner, Dee...more

DoD issues MLA interpretive rule

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued an interpretive rule to assist the industry in complying with its July 2015 final rule amending the Military Lending Act’s implementing regulation. The much-anticipated guidance was...more

Under Construction - September 2016

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your summer has left you relaxed and refreshed to successfully finish out the remainder of the year. Most...more

Agencies Publish Strict New Reporting Guidelines for Government Contractors

On August 25, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council published “Guidance for Executive Order 13673, ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’” (“final rule”). Also...more

Claim Narrowed by Specification is Saved from Indefiniteness but too Narrow to be Infringed

In Liberty Ammunition, Inc., v. U.S., [2015-5057, 2015-5061] (August 30, 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed the Court of Claims decision that that ammunition rounds used by the United States Army embody the claims of Liberty...more

Espionage and Export Controls: The iPhone Hack Highlights The New World of Warfare

Last week, researchers at Citizen Lab uncovered sophisticated new spyware that allowed hackers to take complete control of anyone’s iPhone, turning the phone into a pocket-spy to intercept communications, track movements and...more

Trade groups seek extension of compliance date for Military Lending Act final rule

The American Bankers Association, joined by six other prominent industry trade groups, is seeking a six-month extension of the date by which depository institutions must comply with the Military Lending Act (MLA) final rule...more

Final Rules Affecting Definitions of Export and Fundamental Research Take Effect

Amended definitions under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) became effective today, Sept. 1, 2016. Although there are no significant changes to the scope or...more

Holly Petraeus to retire from CFPB

According to Politico, Holly Petraeus, Assistant Director of the CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs, will be retiring from the CFPB. During her tenure at the CFPB, the protection of military servicemembers and their...more

Government Contractors Can Learn From Yogi Berra: Failure to Follow Correct Claim Submission Procedures Results in Jurisdictional...

The late, great Yogi Berra once said that “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” Sometimes it seems as if Yogi’s logic is equally applicable to the claims process in the world of Government contracting,...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

FAR and DOL Issue Final Rule and Guidance on “Blacklisting” Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Final Rules and Guidance on Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” (aka “Blacklisting” Order) have been released. Despite robust comments from the contractor community, the Final Rule...more

Department of Defense Issues New Guidance on Military Lending Act Regulations

On August 26, 2016, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interpretive rule providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). Specifically, the interpretive rule aims to clarify...more

Agencies Release Final Rule on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

On August 24, 2016, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (FAR Council) released the final rule implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive...more

Final Rule Issued Implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (the FAR Council) have issued for publication in today’s Federal Register, a final rule amending the Federal...more

Export Regulation Revisions: Harmonization of Destination Control Statements

New rules synchronize Destination Control Statements for EAR and ITAR. On August 17, both the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the US State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade...more

Proposed Amendment to NYC Human Rights Law Would Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

An amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) introduced before the City Council this week would add current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. If approved by the...more

Norton Simon Museum Prevails Against Von Saher Claim to Cranachs Looted by the Nazis

Just as it appeared that the first trial in years would begin next month on a claim of Nazi-looted art, the much publicized Von Saher case has come to an end with a judgment that entered yesterday. The U.S. District Court...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Navy’s Low Frequency Active Sonar Program Violates Marine Mammal Protection Act

In NRDC v. Pritzker, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit confirmed that the Marine Mammal Protection Act’s (MMPA) incidental take authorizations will be construed narrowly and conservatively, giving the benefit of...more

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