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Africa Update - October 2015

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On October 1st, authorities in Burkina Faso said General Gilbert Diendere, the leader behind a recent coup attempt in the country, was in the custody of security forces. According to...more

New Defense Department Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

On September 30, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD or the Department) issued new guidance that reaffirmed its earlier view that it would not look favorably on mergers of “top tier defense firms.” The Department declared...more

CFPB Releases Outline of Proposals to Block Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Class Litigation

On October 7, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) released an outline of proposals under consideration to ban class action waivers in contracts for consumer financial products and services....more

Defense Contractors – Under the DOD’s Interim Rule, It Is Time Once Again To Update Your Data Breach Response Plans

In an interim final rule published on October 2, another layer has been added to the compliance landscape for defense contractors. In addition to complying with breach notification requirements in as many as 47 different...more

Defense Department Proposes to Expand Applicability of Electronic-Counterfeit-Parts Regulations; Tens of Thousands of Contractors...

It has long been a goal of the Federal government to eliminate counterfeit parts—parts of unknown (and likely false) origin and uncertain reliability—from the procurement supply chain. But these efforts have picked up pace...more

Department of Defense Issues New Cybersecurity Rules for Defense Agencies That Use Contractors and Cloud Services to Hold...

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently published an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).1 The interim rule, effective August 26, 2015, focuses on two issues. First, the...more

O’Reilly Paints Team Telecom As an “Inextricable Black Hole” for Applicants, but Will His Call for Reform Fare Better?

On October 1, Chairman Wheeler announced that he has circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking among his fellow Commissioners that would seek comment on simplifying the FCC’s foreign ownership approval process for broadcast...more

Have DoD Contractors and Subcontractors Been Drafted? Once Voluntary Defense Industrial Base CS/IA Regulations Now Mandatory and...

When last we left the Department of Defense, they had issued a rather wide-reaching interim DFARS rule addressing cybersecurity practices, data retention, and cloud services purchasing guidance. Now, effective October 2,...more

Modernizing the Review Process or Just More Busy Work?

Those who have worked on the permitting and environmental review for a federally funded infrastructure project know the challenges that exist in coordinating with numerous agencies that may have oversight over a project. A...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #5

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 25th, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council issued a statement welcoming the reinstatement of President Michel Kafando and the transitional authorities of Burkina...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #4

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 17th, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice condemned the unconstitutional seizure of power by elements of the Presidential Security Regiment in Burkina Faso and...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

Also In The News - Health Headlines - September 2015 #3

FDA and CDC Issue An Alert on Properly Cleaning Medical Devices – On September 11, 2015, the CDC and FDA issued a joint advisory alerting providers and facilities about properly cleaning medical devices, due to concern with...more

Recent Changes & Developments Regarding US Department of Defense Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence Mitigation

The Defense Security Service (DSS) has recently undergone several notable staffing changes and announced procedural developments relevant to companies under foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI). DSS is the...more

DoD Issues White Paper Aimed at IR&D Costs

On August 26, 2015, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued a White Paper announcing that, beginning in FY 2017, all defense contractors will be required to notify DOD before undertaking any new Independent Research and...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

California Attorney General’s Open Data Initiative – The Latest in State and Federal Government Efforts to Harness the Power of...

Early this month, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a unique data initiative to expand the public’s access to key criminal justice information that has been, to date, largely blocked from public...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #3

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 16th, elements of Burkina Faso’s military declared they were in control of the nation after presidential guards stormed a cabinet and seized President Michel Kafando,...more

DOD Adopts Interim Cyber Rules As Claims of Chinese Cyber Attacks Continue

U.S. officials have blamed Chinese government-backed attackers for many of the recent cyber attacks on U.S. government and business computer networks: “Researchers and government officials have determined that the Chinese...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - President Obama Signs Executive Order Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors - President Obama signed an Executive Order on Monday September 7, 2015, requiring federal...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

OPM data breach update–$133 million contract awarded to vendor

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Defense Department announced this week that a Portland, OR based vendor has been selected to assist with breach notification and credit assistance for the almost 22 million...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

That is SO last week - August 2015 #5

That infamous Ashley Madison data became searchable last week. Spouses, friends, and employers can now search the data to see if they know anyone who registered with the site. This development caused some to wonder if an...more

Ashley Madison Fallout: Class Actions, Pentagon investigation and easily searchable data

We previously reported that hackers The Impact Team had posted legitimate detailed information about 36 million adultery website Ashley Madison users. In the wake of the shocking posting of the data last week, two class...more

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