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Selling Unmanned Systems Products and Services to the Government

by Williams Mullen on

The government’s role with respect to the non-military use of unmanned systems (air, ground and maritime) primarily has been that of a regulator. However, the use of unmanned aircraft systems by federal, state and local...more

Two End-of-Year Federal Government Deadlines Approaching

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Significant Changes to Online Copyright (DMCA) Safe Harbor and DoD Contractor Cybersecurity (NIST 800-171) Requirements Take Effect at the End of This Year. Important Change Affecting Digital Millennium Copyright Act...more

McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc.: A Stark Reminder to Government Contractors of their Cybersecurity Obligations

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in a class action lawsuit, McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc., Civ. Action No. 15-1157 (GK) (D.D.C. 2017), which could have...more

DoD Issues Guidance for Compliance with Cybersecurity Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In recently released guidance, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) confirms a "one size does not fit all" approach to contractor compliance with its cybersecurity clauses that cover the safeguarding of contractor networks,...more

DoD Contractor’s DFARS Cybersecurity Deadline

At this time last year, the Department of Defense issued a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) intended to better protect controlled data and national security networks from cybersecurity threats....more

Alert: DoD Contractors Required to Meet Cybersecurity Requirements by Year End

by Cooley LLP on

The window for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors to bring themselves into compliance with cybersecurity requirements is closing. Specifically, changes to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)...more

Deadlines Approach for Government Contractors on Cybersecurity Compliance

Government contractors are subject to cybersecurity requirements, found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and each agency’s supplement to the FAR, and some important deadlines are fast approaching. Set forth below...more

The Sisyphean Labor of the DAR Council: Segregation and Reintegration Data Rights

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Having just presented on data rights issues to a number of government contracting officers and procurement professionals, as well as private sector contract management personnel, during the 2017 National Contract Management...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

FEDERAL AGENCIES - “Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: DFARS Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force, Review of DFARS Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses.” Federal Register, August 10,...more

DoD's Efforts to Secure Information on Contractor Systems Continues, But All Companies Are at Risk and Should Take Steps Now to...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

As recent malware, ransomware and distributed denial of service attacks have made clear, the cyber threats posed to governments and commercial entities are real and growing. Critical infrastructure such as power plants,...more

Licensing Third Party Software for Use in Federal Contracts

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In the IT sector, it is common for contractors with relationships to various federal agencies to have top-tier talent in-house to provide high quality IT services. Some vendors even have programmers and software engineers...more

Proposals are Only as Strong as their Weakest Link: GAO Affirms Non-responsiblity Determination Based on Subcontractor’s Lack of...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The GAO recently denied Leidos Innovations Corporation’s protest of a determination that Leidos was ineligible to receive a $272 million award by the U.S. Army despite Leidos having both the highest-rated technical proposal...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

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

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

Contracting (or Subcontracting) with DLA? Check for Counterfeit Parts Clauses

In the past several years, there has been an ongoing focus on avoiding and detecting counterfeit parts, culminating in the issuance of new DFARS sections and contract clauses in May 2014 concerning Contractors’ Counterfeit...more

Top cybersecurity developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

While all companies should be concerned with their cybersecurity posture, companies in the aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) industry are potentially subject to greater risks due to the industry's highly...more

DFARS: Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting

by Reed Smith on

Data protection and cybersecurity have been receiving ever-increasing attention within the U.S. federal government. Last October, the DoD issued two final rules that changed the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”) Federal...more

DoD Issues New FAQs on Cybersecurity Compliance

Although DoD remains on the cutting edge of cybersecurity protections in the government contracts world, it continues to hone and refine that edge. Recently, DoD issued an updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update - January 2017

by Dentons on

Our January edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of December....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

Switches and Sweets: Belsnickel Brings Defense Contractors and Subcontractors New Cybersecurity Controls in Preholiday Revisions...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

If you are aware of German Christmas folklore (and really, who isn’t?), you know that Belsnickel is a legendary companion of St. Nick who carries a switch with which to punish naughty children and a pocketful of sweets to...more

LPTA Out, Fixed Price Contracts In

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

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

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