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National Defense Authorization Act Department of Defense (DOD)

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 -

Change Is Upon Us: An Analysis of the Section 801 COTS Provisions of the 2018 NDAA

In the words of Taylor Swift, “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” While I suspect Ms. Swift was not writing about Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 when she tweeted this...more

Defense Department Inspector General Issues Summary of Audits Assessing Contractor Performance

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The Department of Defense Inspector General (DoDIG) recently published audit report DoDIG-2017-081 entitled, "Summary of Audits on Assessing Contractor Performance: Additional Guidance and System Enhancements Needed." This...more

GAO Review Calls for Greater Oversight of DoD’s “Pilot” Mentor-Protégé Program

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Last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released results from its investigation into the effectiveness of the Department of Defense (DoD) Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program. In accordance with the National Defense...more

Defense Contractors to Face New Cost Accounting Oversight with Creation of Defense Cost Accounting Standards Board

Section 820 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (“NDAA”) establishes a new Defense Cost Accounting Standards Board (“D-CASB”) to oversee the application of the Cost Accounting Standards (“CAS”) to...more

GAO Declines to Apply GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act Retroactively to Lapse in Jurisdiction

In two recent opinions, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has declined to reconsider protests it dismissed during the recent lapse in its jurisdiction over protests of civilian agency task and delivery orders...more

The Top 10 Government Contracting Compliance Headaches in 2017

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In the government contracting industry, compliance related issues tend to take place. With administration and party changes, 2017 promises to offer additional complexities. Confusion amongst government contracting...more

Timing is Everything – GAO Refuses to Apply Jurisdiction Retroactively

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As we previously reported here and here, between October 1 and December 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) lacked jurisdiction to hear most civilian agency task order protests (its jurisdiction over protest...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #2

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“Senate Narrowly Passes Repeal of Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule.” Government Executive, March 6, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.govexec.com. - The Senate narrowly approved, by a vote of 49-48, a House-passed...more

FINAL FAR RULE: Prohibition on Reimbursement for Congressional Investigations and Inquiries

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Defense (“DoD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) issued a 10 U.S.C. § 2324(k)(2). Under the rule, contractors may not...more

ML Strategies 2017 Outlook: Defense

Over the course of the next year, we are likely to see a new approach to the U.S. national security decision-making apparatus. While the Obama Administration often relied on an inner circle of key advisors to inform defense...more

Congress Revisits the Data Rights Statutes and Advances Modular Open Systems Architecture in the FY 2017 NDAA

Although there usually is great validity in the aphorism that “no man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the Legislature is in session,” we might have to rethink that notion when it comes to data rights. Congress did...more

LPTA Out, Fixed Price Contracts In

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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17 NDAA), signed into law by President Obama on December 23, includes limitations on a low price evaluation methodology and a preference for fixed price contracts...more

Task and Delivery Order Bid Protests Are Back in Business at the GAO

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New Legislation Reinstates GAO’s Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction, but the 2017 NDAA Will Up the Threshold for Non-Civilian Agency Task Order Procurements...more

Jurisdictional Changes for Bid Protests

Two new statutes—the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016 (Civilian Task Order Act)—greatly impact the ability of government contractors to...more

UPDATE: Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction Already Restored, DoD Task Order Threshold Likely to Increase Soon

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As we reported on December 14, 2016, on December 8, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017, which calls for changes to the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) jurisdiction over civilian...more

New Statutes Impact Bid Protests of Task Order Awards

Two new statutes—the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016 (Civilian Task Order Act)—greatly impact the ability of government contractors to...more

Legislation Restores GAO Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction (for Good this Time?), But Introduces New Differences Between...

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On December 8, 2016, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 previously passed by the House, and the legislation is pending President Obama’s signature. Once signed, Section 835 of the NDAA...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update - December 2016

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We are pleased to bring you the December edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update,” a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of November. Highlights this month include...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2016

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - FAR Amendment Proposal to Implement Section of NDAA 2016 - The Department of Defense (“DOD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration...more

NDAA to Reinstate GAO Task Order Jurisdiction

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It appears that, at long last, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will have permanent jurisdiction over task and delivery orders exceeding certain thresholds. The right of federal contractors to protest agencies'...more

Proposed IR&D DFARS rule would competitively punish technology innovators

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Understanding that it will punish innovative contractors for engaging in independent research and development (IR&D) and taking on risks that would otherwise be borne by the government, on November 4, 2016, the US Department...more

Expiration of GAO’s Jurisdiction of Civilian Agency Task Order Protests Limits Government Contractor Options

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As of October 1, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (“GAO”) jurisdiction over protests on civilian agency task orders valued at more than $10 million expired, leaving government contractors with limited grounds for...more

Developments in DoD’s Treatment of Commercial Item Assertions

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The passage of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 saw the dawning of a new era in procurement policy, pursuant to which sweeping changes to the procurement laws and regulations...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #4

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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

Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die – New DFARS Clauses Target Counterfeit Electronic Parts

On August 2, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) rolled out new requirements for defense contractors that provide electronic parts and assemblies containing electronic parts. The new rules impose significant risks on DOD...more

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