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White House Announces Release of Final Contractor Blacklisting Rules: Phased Implementation for Prime Contractors and...

The long wait for the so-called “contractor blacklisting” rules is over. According to a fact sheet released by the White House, final regulations and guidance will be released on August 24, 2016 and published in the Federal...more

BREAKING: FAR Council Publishes Final Rule On Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Executive Order

Today, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council (“FAR Council”) published the final rule regarding the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”), better known as the “blacklisting” rule.  ...more

Unique Ruling Regarding Joint CERCLA Liability and Government Contracting Law and Practices

Lockheed Martin Corporation, one of the largest defense contractors in the United States, operated three California facilities that manufactured solid-propellant rockets for the United States Department of Defense pursuant to...more

Comments on FAR Case 2015-015 Regarding the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative - FSSI

Dear Ms. Flowers: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced notice of proposed rulemaking, issued on June 20, 2016, 81 Fed. Reg. 39,883. Our firm represents small business federal contractors. We submit...more

Elevating Form Over Substance: OCI Waiver Challenges at GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has exhibited little interest in evaluating the basis for agency decisions to waive organizational conflicts of interest (OCI). Where protesters have challenged agency waiver...more

Discretion in Procurement: The GAO Finds for the Government

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a decision that could be used by government agencies to support “all encompassing” RFPs, or RFPs that require one bidder to provide several products and services even if, in...more

Federal Claims Court Holds that Government’s Actual Knowledge of Contractor’s Delay and Acceleration Excuses Technical...

Nova Group/Tutor-Saliba v. United States, 125 Fed. Cl. 469 (Fed. Cl. Mar 16, 2016) - The United States Naval Facilities Engineering Command (the “Navy”) contracted with the joint venture of Nova Group and Tutor-Saliva...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2016 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Small Business Subcontracting Improvements - DOD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule amending the FAR to implement the following regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration,...more

Sons of Cyberlock: Recent Decisions Underscore Challenges in Drafting Enforceable Federal Contracting Teaming Agreements

Teammates pursuing federal contracts should draft their teaming agreements with care to avoid unintended consequences. The Pitfalls of Non-Specific Teaming Agreements - Among other issues, teammates cannot...more

GAO Tackles Cybersecurity

In two recent decisions, GAO denied protest grounds challenging the ability of contract awardees to satisfy government requirements related to cybersecurity. This posting analyzes those decisions and their implications for...more

The National 8(a) Association Summer Conference Recap; Mentor-Protégé Regs Looming

On June 13-14, the National 8(a) Association held its annual summer conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The conference included useful programs on a variety of topics of interest to tribal, Alaska Native Corporations (ANC), and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2016 #4

SENATE TESTIMONY - Jon Williams Testifies in Kingdomware Senate Committee Hearing On June 23, Jon Williams, Partner in the PilieroMazza Government Contracts Group, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small...more

Preparing for an Exit: Selling Your Robotics Company

Robots are everywhere. Healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and other critical areas of the economy are being redefined by the robotics and artificial intelligence advances of today’s technology entrepreneurs. With this...more

GAO Clarifies Rules Regarding the Use of Key Personnel Past Performance

In March 2015, GAO issued a decision in Recogniti, LLP, B-410658 (January 21, 2015), whereby it upheld the agency’s reliance upon individual past performance references for the owner of a small and relatively new company. GAO...more

Sole Source Awards for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Federal contracting officers now possess new authority to make sole source awards to Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs). Under the new FAR 19.1506,...more

Intellectual Property Issues for Government Contractors

OVERVIEW - - Intellectual property - Types of intellectual property - Trademarks - Trade secrets - Copyrights - Patents - Data right Please see full Presentation below for more...more

Lie to Win or Be Honest and Lose? When Ethics Can Cost You

What would you do? In this classic situation, all the elements for staying the course rather than disclosing the truth are present and the question is: should you tell on yourself? Ellen Hunt sets forth the dilemma that we...more

Coming to a Government Contract Near You: Mandatory Information Safeguarding Requirements

The government recently finalized a sweeping amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) that will impose basic information system safeguarding requirements on many federal acquisitions, marking the latest in the...more

Federal Healthcare Contractors Must Comply With Basic Information Security Safeguards

In light of the uncertainty generated in the healthcare industry by recent decisions of the OFCCP regarding which entities qualify as federal contractors and subcontractors, this article explains which types of healthcare...more

What is Technical Data and How Do You Protect It

Technical data, as defined by the FAR, is “recorded information (regardless of the form or method of the recording) of a scientific or technical nature (including computer databases and computer software documentation).” See...more

SBA Final Rule Adopts Changes to Subcontracting Limitations and Other Regulations

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a long-awaited final rule to implement certain small business-related provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), including key changes in the...more

Human Trafficking Regulations to Be Updated to Define “Recruitment Fees”

Government Contractors should be aware of how a new proposed definition of the term “recruitment fees” in the human trafficking clause will impact their hiring practices and should prepare now for compliance. In the...more

DoD, GSA, NASA: New Contract Proposal Registration Rule

Friday morning, May 20, 2016, the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and NASA issued a proposed rule to clarify that prospective government contractors must register with the System for Award...more

Legal Landscape: SBA Expands the WOSB/EDWOSB Contract Program, Importance of the Economic Loss Rule and Self-Reporting Requirement...

Welcome to the fourth edition of Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in...more

A New Cybersecurity Regime and a New Regulation to Mandate Secure Information Systems for Government Contractors

Congress has enacted a recent wave of legislation to address ongoing cybersecurity threats; the Executive Branch, on May 12, 2016, adopted new cybersecurity regulations; and other Federal initiatives are underway and will...more

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