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Is Your Company a Federal Government Contractor?

Many automotive suppliers do not consider themselves federal government contractors because they only sell goods and services to the major OEMs and not directly to the federal government. However, purchase orders with OEMs or...more

The Trade Agreements Act: An Unknown Compliance Issue for Small Businesses

Small businesses often enter into government contracts unaware of all the laws and regulations that may apply when selling to the government. One of the laws that is often overlooked is the Trade Agreement Act (TAA). ...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Final Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services...more

Reporting Requirements and Diminishing Profits for Government Contractors

Firms bidding on government contracts are well-advised to sharpen their pencils in the current, highly-competitive market. Doing so usually means one thing: lowering prices. With procuring agencies placing a premium on...more

Confidentiality Agreements of Federal Contractor Employees – Changes To The Federal Acquisition Regulations Are Coming Soon

Confidentiality agreements for employees of federal contractors are increasingly coming under scrutiny by federal agencies. In late 2014, as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (the “Act”),...more

Subcontracting Plan Compliance - What Large and Small Contractors Need To Know

In this presentation: - Subcontracting plan requirements - Relevant provisions for small businesses - Understanding the SBA review process - Best practices for a successful subcontracting...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Small Entity Compliance Guide - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)...more

Blog: The Trade Agreements Act and Sales of Medical Devices to the U.S. Government

Does your company sell medical devices to the U.S. Government, either directly or through a reseller or distributor? Are those devices or supplies manufactured at least partly in a country other than the U.S.? ...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #2

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for Monday....more

Anti-Trafficking Regulations Impose New Obligations on All Federal Contractors

April 10, 2015 Authors: Elizabeth A. Lalik and Katherine A. Fearn Amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) aimed at eliminating substandard labor conditions within government contractors' supply chains went into...more

The New OFCCP Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Protections Are Now In Effect

Yesterday, Executive Order (“EO”) 11246, as amended by EO 13762, officially went into effect, representing the first time in the federal sector that sexual orientation and gender identity have been expressly protected. On...more

Federal Contractors’ Heightened Role In Combatting Human Trafficking

Companies contracting with the federal government now share a greater role in the fight against human trafficking. Effective March 2, 2015, President Obama’s Executive Order 13627 and Title XVII of the National Defense...more

Late is not Always Late: The Government Control Exception for Late Proposals

A common nightmare of government contractors probably plays out like this: you spend a significant amount of time and resources preparing a robust proposal in response to a solicitation, you are sure your firm is the most...more

19 Democratic Senators Urge DOL To Implement Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”), which imposes additional disclosure and compliance obligations on federal government contractors with contracts valued...more

Your “Form” Teaming Agreement: Enforceable Contract or an “Agreement to Agree”?

Teaming agreements have become virtually universal in the world of government contracting, and their use is recognized and promoted in the Federal Acquisition Regulation. ...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - March 2015 #3

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for Monday....more

Federal Appeals Court Finds that New RAC Contracts Violate Federal Regulations

On March 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) applies to CMS’s revised payment terms for new Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) contract solicitations,...more

GAO Allows New Company to Rely Upon Owner’s Personal Past Performance

Newly-organized small businesses often struggle to establish adequate past performance to successfully compete in the federal marketplace. Fortunately, in the matter of Recogniti, LLP, B-410658 (January 21, 2015), GAO ruled...more

FAR Part 12 Applies to CMS Orders on Federal Supply Schedule Contract

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a decision by the Court of Federal Claims, which permitted the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) to include...more

Final Rule on Human Trafficking Prevention Set to Take Effect and Require Additional Compliance Actions for Certain Contractors

Starting the first week of March, federal contractors will be subject to new prohibitions and obligations related to human trafficking. These new requirements stem from a final rule issued January 29, 2015, that significantly...more

New Anti-Trafficking Rule Presents Significant Challenges for Government Contractors

Effective today, a new Anti-Trafficking rule will substantially change and increase federal contractors’ compliance and certification requirements. ...more

Putting a Stop to Human Trafficking

Consistent with the US Government’s zero tolerance policy concerning human trafficking, a cadre of government agencies recently published a final rule amending the current Federal Acquisition Regulations provisions on human...more

Final Anti-Trafficking Rule to Impose New – and Uncertain – Obligations on Contractors

In late January, the FAR Council issued its long-awaited final rule amending the FAR to strengthen the U.S. Government’s policy against human trafficking. As discussed below, the amendments may have far-reaching compliance...more

Coming Soon to a FAR Near You: Cybersecurity Requirements

There are a growing number of cybersecurity requirements applicable to government contractors that work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence community. ...more

How Much U.S. Work Is Needed for the Small Business Set-Aside Rules To Apply?

In a decision issued last year, the GAO denied the protest of Maersk Line, Limited, of Norfolk, Virginia (“Maersk”), a large business, which challenged the decision of the Department of the Navy, Military Sealift Command...more

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