National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act is a United States federal statute enacted each year to specify the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. The NDAA identifies which agencies are responsible... more +
The National Defense Authorization Act is a United States federal statute enacted each year to specify the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. The NDAA identifies which agencies are responsible for national defense, provides funding for those agencies and includes instructions on proper use of the funds.  less -
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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

Washington, D.C. Update – November 2015

In the final week of October, congressional leaders and the White House reached an agreement on a wide variety of measures to "clean the barn" for Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) successor. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015...more

Alert: Department of Defense Finalizes Cybersecurity Rule Impacting IT Contractors

On October 30, 2015, the Department of Defense ("DoD") issued a new rule, Requirements Relating to Supply Chain Risk, requiring its agencies to evaluate cybersecurity risks when considering contractors who provide Information...more

The SBA Offers Some Specifics on the Expansion of the Mentor-Protégé Program

As many of you already know, back in February 2015, the SBA issued its long-awaited proposed rule aimed at expanding its mentor-protégé program. The proposed regulations implement changes introduced by the Jobs Act of 2010...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Evaluating Reasonableness of Price for Commercial Items - The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a proposed rule on August 3, 2015 to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation...more

More Cybersecurity Rules

This update will cover two things: (1) the new (yes, again) Department of Defense cybersecurity interim/final rule on reporting cyber incidents by contractors / subcontractors and (2) the money to fund these new rules and...more

Update: SBA Proposed Rule and Size Protest on a Task Order

This update will briefly cover a size protest on a task order (with a basic review) and a proposed SBA rule regarding other than small prime contractors getting small business credit for awards made to small business...more

President Obama directs key US agencies to prepare for sanctions waivers under the JCPOA

On October 18, 2015, President Obama published a memorandum to the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, Commerce, and Energy instructing them to prepare to implement the US’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation: Simplified Acquisition Threshold for Overseas Acquisitions - The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA have issued a proposed rule to...more

Washington, D.C. Update – October 2015

House Leadership Elections: Republican House leadership changes remain in flux in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) decision to retire and the unexpected delay of the vote to select his successor. House Majority...more

Now to End of 2015 – What to Expect?

Funding Crisis Averted & New Leadership in the House: A week ago no one could have predicted that the biggest story in Washington this week would not be the last minute avoidance of a government shutdown by passage of a...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts - The Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Acquisition Regulations System, proposed a...more

Proposed rule clarifies contractor requirements for counterfeit electronic part detection and avoidance

Yesterday, September 21, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would amend the Department of Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) to further implement Section 818 of the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Rate Change In Effect as of January 1, 2016 - The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice to announce the applicable minimum wage rate...more

SBA’s Final Rule on Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

A final rule has been released by the Small Business Administration regarding women-owned small businesses. This rule is effective October 14, 2015. - The rule makes changes to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)...more

New Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a finale rule, on September 14, 2015, implementing Section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 to allow the federal government to issue sole...more

SBA Issues Final Rule on WOSB/EDWOSB Sole Source Authority

The SBA published the final rule to establish the procedures whereby Federal agencies may award sole source contracts to WOSBs and EDWOSBs. Under the rule, a contracting officer may award a sole source contract to a WOSB or...more

Interim rule requires Department of Defense contractors to report cyber breaches

Companies doing business with the U.S. Department of Defense are facing new requirements for reporting data security breaches and for acquiring cloud computing services. The Interim Rule, effective August 26, 2015, amends the...more

Summer is (Almost) Over & Congress is Back!

While summer isn’t officially over until September 22, for most here in the nation’s capital the vacations are nearly completed and it is back to work as Congress returns from the long August recess and Labor Day...more

DoD New Cyber Security Reporting Rules for Contractors

In a move that highlights the changing winds of federal cybersecurity policy, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) has issued an interim Rule (“Rule”) that imposes new security and reporting requirements on federal contractors,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DOD Issues Interim Rule to Amend DFARS: Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services (DFARS Case 2013-D018)- The Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interim rule to amend...more

DoD's New Cybersecurity and Cloud Standards and Reporting Requirements

The Department of Defense (DoD) released interim rules implementing provisions of the 2013 and 2015 National Defense Authorization Acts. The rules, released on Aug. 26, 2015, are effective immediately and establish the...more

Defense Department Issues Interim Rule Requiring Contractor and Subcontractor Reporting of Cyber Incidents

On August 26, 2015, the Department of Defense (DoD) published a long-awaited Interim Rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to require “rapid” reporting of “cyber incidents” that result in...more

The shifting sands of cybersecurity: DOD's interim rule further burdens contractors

The Department of Defense (DOD) earlier today issued an interim rule, effective immediately, that significantly increases existing cybersecurity requirements for DOD contractors. The requirements in the interim rule, have...more

DoD Addresses Cybersecurity Preparedness, Incident Reporting, and Cloud Computing Acquisitions with new DFARS interim rule

Announced and effective today, August 26, 2015, DoD has issued an interim rule that significantly expands existing DFARS provisions and clauses requiring contractors and subcontractors to report cyber incidents. The interim...more

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