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DoD IG Report Highlights Flaws in DLA Compliance with Buy American Act and Berry Amendment

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A recent report from the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) identified a number of significant flaws regarding the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) compliance with the Buy American Act (BAA) and the Berry...more

Defense Secretary Delays Start Date For Military’s Allowance of Transgender Recruits

by Bowditch & Dewey on

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military. In 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash...more

Countdown Begins for Cybersecurity Compliance

by BakerHostetler on

This month marks an important waypoint for defense contractors subject to the new cybersecurity requirements imposed by the Department of Defense. For contractors subject to the requirements of Defense Federal Acquisition...more

Department of Defense and Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration promotes an "all of the above" energy strategy, but many of the Administration's actions to date seem to favor coal and fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. Although...more

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

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Ignite Tour Blazes Across the Country.” Small Business Administration Press Release, June 21, 2017. Retrieved from sba.gov. - Administrator Linda McMahon announced that she will...more

The Department of Defense Emphasizes Heightened Cybersecurity Compliance at Industry Information Day Event

by Holland & Knight LLP on

We had the opportunity to attend Department of Defense’s (DoD) Industry Information Day on Friday, June 23, at the Mark Center Auditorium in Alexandria, Virginia. DoD’s Chief Information Officer published advance notice of...more

DoD Seeks Industry Input on DFARS Buying Reform

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Department of Defense (DoD) is asking contractors to help identify solicitation provisions and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clauses that impose unnecessary regulatory burdens. DoD has invited...more

Restricted Rights Under DFARS 252.227-7014: Practitioner Advice for Avoiding DoD Licensing Pitfalls

This article focuses on contractor licenses that grant “Restricted Rights” in “Noncommercial Software” to the federal Government under Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) 252.227-7014. DFARS...more

Propoposed Bill Would Significantly Expand MLA Disclosure Requirements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We recently reported on a bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Michigan) that would amend the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) to require that creditors provide additional disclosures to...more

Thornberry Acquisition Reform Bill Contemplates DoD’s Use of Online Marketplaces to Purchase COTS Products

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Imagine if a DoD agency could purchase commercial-off-the-shelf products of any value simply by placing an order at an Amazon-like website – no need for solicitations, quotes, evaluation, or detailed price analysis and...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

Energy Innovation and President Trump's 2018 Budget Proposal - A Comprehensive Outlook for Key Grant and Loan Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump released on May 23, 2017, his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which closely mirrors his America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again – also known as the "skinny budget"...more

What’s that Cybersecurity FAR Clause Doing In My Contract?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Many contractors we talk to believe that cybersecurity requirements are exclusively a concern of contractors working with DoD or with highly-classified, top secret projects. While perhaps true to some degree in the past, that...more

House Armed Services Committee Takes Aim at GSA with Proposed Legislation

On May 18, 2017, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry introduced H.R. 2511, titled “The Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act.” The bill drastically would change how commercial off-the-shelf...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, May 23, the White House released the President's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, launching a contentious and consequential debate that is expected to last through the end of the fiscal year and possibly beyond....more

CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs Issues Annual Report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) has issued its fifth annual report to Congress addressing issues raised and complaints submitted by servicemembers, veterans, and their families....more

Privacy Training Requirements for Federal Contractors

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Under a final rule issued by the Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), effective January 19, 2017, federal government contractors must...more

Eyes on Washington: FY 2018 Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on May 23, 2017, released a full budget blueprint for FY 2018, titled A New Foundation for American Greatness. The full FY 2018 budget proposal is based on the March 2017 "skinny" budget outline. The...more

Trump Executive Order Addresses Executive Branch, Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on May 11, 2017 aimed at “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” (the “Order”). The Order mandates federal governmental review of...more

FAR 52.204-21 And The Future Of Federal Cybersecurity Enforcement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of opening the 2017 Associated General Contractors of America Federal Contractor Conference in Washington, DC with a presentation focused on the emerging issue of Cybersecurity in...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 9

by Clark Hill PLC on

Agriculture - Lawmakers to Introduce Organic Research Funding Bill: A bipartisan trio of House lawmakers were set to introduce legislation late May 16 that would boost Department of Agriculture funding for research into...more

DOD Audit Highlights Need for Proactive Contractor Diligence in Past Performance Evaluations

by Reed Smith on

A poor past performance evaluation of a contractor’s performance can be the kiss of death to that contractor’s ultimate success in the federal marketplace. A contracting official’s assessment of a rating lower than “very...more

NISPOM Change 2 Deadlines Coming for Cleared Contractors

by Hogan Lovells on

As industry comes up on the one-year anniversary of the publication of Change 2 to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)1, a number of implementation deadlines are drawing near. This blog post...more

Government Deadline Looms for Training on Insider Threats

by Baker Donelson on

Almost one year ago, on May 18, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) published Change Two to DoD 5220.22-M, the Department of Defense's "National Industrial Security Operating Manual (NISPOM)." This change required all...more

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