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Senator Asks Department of Veteran Affairs to Break Patents on Hepatitis C Drugs

Last week, in a letter addressed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) urged Secretary Robert McDonald to use his authority as Secretary "to break the patents on Hepatitis...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues January and February 2015 Contract Data Contract Reporting Scorecards - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued the contract data and reporting scorecard metrics for January and...more

GAO Upholds Agency Prohibition of Having Bid Prep Consultants Prepare Proposal

Are bid preparation consultants good or bad for the competitive procurement system? Contractors have argued about this for years. GAO recently upheld a solicitation provision forbidding the use of consultants to...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule to amend its...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #4

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Defense Department Releases Better Buying Power 3.0 Memorandum With New Focus On Cybersecurity

On April 9, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued a memorandum containing new directives to guide its procurement of new goods and services. The memorandum, the third in the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power initiative...more

A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

Manufacturers, defense suppliers and other federal contractors may benefit from a new cybersecurity law intended to safeguard agency information and help bolster defenses to future cyber threats. The Federal Information...more

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire – GSA Proposes to Reduce Price Reductions Clause Burdens, While Substantially Increasing...

In what is arguably its most significant proposed regulatory change affecting commercial item contracting in decades, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) earlier this week proposed amendments to the General Services...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - SBA Considering Extending Comment Period for Proposed Rule on the Limitations on Subcontracting - Although not yet official, we anticipate that SBA will grant an extension until April 6th...more

Department of Defense Updates Its Instruction for Acquisitions of Software and Weapons Systems

On January 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD” or “the Department”) released an update for DoD Instruction 5000.02, on the “Operation of the Defense Acquisition Service.” The new Instruction is designed to assist...more

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

As highlighted in a report by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, a flood of counterfeit electronic parts from China threatens the reliability of sophisticated defense technologies from thermal weapon sights to advanced...more

White House Announcement Of Awards Under Defense Production Act

On September 19, 2014, Secretary Vilsack was joined by Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, and Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, to announce contract awards to three separate companies to produce over one million gallons...more

New DOD Internal Policy Guidance on Counterfeit Parts: A Preview of Contractor Regulations?

The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a new instruction that establishes internal DOD policies for detecting, avoiding, and remediating counterfeit parts in the DOD supply chain, and allocates responsibility among...more

"U.S. Army Issues RFP for Renewable Projects"

The U.S. Army (the Army), on August 7, 2012, issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the eventual procurement of $7 billion in renewable and alternative energy under up to 30-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) from solar,...more

Department of Defense Releases Funding Opportunity for Innovative Solutions to National Security Needs

On July 9, 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting proposals for the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF). Enacted by Congress in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, RIF...more

U.S. Army Looking for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Over the Next 10 Years

In late February, the U.S. Army began its long-awaited process for signing up to $7 billion in renewable energy contracts over the next 10 years when the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (AEITF) issued a draft request for...more

Early Steps Toward a Streamlined Export Control System: Proposed Changes to the ITAR and EAR

On November 7, 2011, the U.S. State Department published a proposed rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) by narrowing the categories of aircraft and related equipment controlled on the United...more

Military Flash Drive Producer Sued For Copyright And Patent Infringement

California based IronKey is being slapped with two lawsuits in federal court. One is for patent infringement, the other copyright infringement. Most companies that do business in the technology area are global in reach,...more

ITAR License Exemption Amended To Allow Hand-Carrying Of Technical Data Outside The United States

On August 27, 2010, the Department of State amended section 125.4(b)(9) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) to clarify an exemption to the license requirement related to the hand-carrying of technical...more

Employment Advisory: U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Unveils New Initiatives for...

In July, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched two new initiatives designed to help veterans and individuals with disabilities: The Good Faith Initiative for...more

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