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Aerospace & Defense Series: DOD Study Touts Competition Benefits in Military Purchases—Creates Implications for Future Antitrust...

It is a general tenet that competition serves customers well, enabling them to acquire better products at lower prices. Of course, this premise underlies the antitrust laws. In the aerospace and defense industry, the...more

Careful Measures May Be Needed to Protect Privileged Internal Investigative Materials

In March, the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia ordered defense contractors Kellogg Brown and Root Inc. and Halliburton’s (“KBR”) legal department to produce internal investigative reports that KBR contended...more

Gaps in New DOD Counterfeit Parts Rules Raise Compliance Questions for Contractors

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) published, on May 6, 2014, its first set of final regulations imposing specific obligations on defense contractors and their suppliers for the detection and avoidance of counterfeit...more

Federal Court Dismisses Overtime Claims Brought by Contractor Employee Working in Kuwait

On April 28, 2014, a Massachusetts federal court granted dismissal of a proposed class action alleging that Raytheon violated Kuwaiti law by failing to pay overtime to employees working in Kuwait on federal defense contracts....more

Distress in the Defense Industry: Opportunities and Obstacles

The U.S. defense industry is facing a new battle – financial distress. Withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq combined with reductions in the defense budget and sequestration have taken a toll on many U.S....more

GovCon Research Report: October - December 2013

In This Issue: - National Defense Authorization Act Of Fiscal Year 2014 - OMB Final Guidance - Key Federal Acquisition Regulation Updates - Defense Contract Audit Agency Guidance - Key Defense Federal...more

Five Cost/Price Evaluation Lessons From Recent Bid Protest Decisions

Introduction - In this era of sequestration and decreased defense spending, paying close attention to cost and price issues is of paramount importance to contractors submitting proposals to the federal government. Nine...more

Defense Department Issues Final Rule Requiring Safeguards For Unclassified Technical Information And Cyber Incident Reporting

On November 18, 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD) published a Final Rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The new rule, which is effective immediately, is likely to have broad...more

New DoD Rule Promotes Voluntary Sharing of Cyber-Security Threat Information Between DoD and Defense Contractors

On October 22, 2013, the Department of Defense (DoD) published its Final Rule establishing a program for promoting voluntary sharing of cyber threat information between the DoD and government contractors. The DoD intends this...more

State Department Publishes Long-Awaited Interim Final Rule Amending ITAR Brokering Provisions - Part 1

Venable’s International Trade and Customs Practice Group is publishing a four-part series of Client Alerts to highlight the changes surrounding the ECR (Export Control Reform). Below is Part 1 of the series. On August...more

GOVCON Research Report: April — June 2013

In This Issue: - GSA SCHEDULE MATTERS - DOD OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORTS - PERTINENT GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (GAO) AUDIT REPORTS - KEY FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION (FAR) UPDATES - KEY DEFENSE...more

Congress Addresses Cybersecurity in National Defense Authorization Act by J.C. Boggs and Alexander K. Haas

Given the failure to enact comprehensive cybersecurity legislation last year, Congress included several targeted statutory provisions setting federal defense policy on a range of cybersecurity issues in the National Defense...more

Cybersecurity Provisions Enacted under 2013 National Defense Authorization Act

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (NDAA) into law. Each year Congress passes the NDAA to authorize funding levels for Department of Defense (DoD) programs and...more

DoD’s “Better Buying Power 2.0:” More Flexibility in Contract Formation

A recently issued memorandum from the Department of Defense (“DoD”) promises changes to the formation and administration of defense contracts. This could be good news for contractors....more

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