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Buy American Executive Order Means Renewed Obligations for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American” (the Order), which declares the Executive branch’s policy to buy American goods and rigorously enforce and administer...more

Understanding Government Contract Terminations

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

It is important for prime contractors to understand what it means if its contract with the Federal Government is terminated and what rights and obligations it has. Nearly every Government contract contains a clause allowing...more

Contractors Should Start Preparing for a Possible Shutdown Now

by Holland & Knight LLP on

With less than a week before the federal government’s appropriated funding runs out, confidence in avoiding a potential shutdown is waning. Because of that, contractors should exercise prudence and immediately begin...more

Buy American and Hire American – New Executive Order Promises to Put American Workers First, But Practical Impacts Remain Unclear

On April 18, President Trump signed a new executive order (EO) at a ceremony in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The EO is entitled “Buy American and Hire American” and focuses on these two themes, with the President’s stated goal of...more

Top unmanned aircraft systems developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies are not new to game-changing technology innovations. It is therefore no surprise that a number of ADG companies are early investors in unmanned aircraft systems...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Latest Trump Executive Order and H-1B Visas

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled "Buy American Hire American", laying out provisions and policies to review the H-1B visa program as well as a review of federal procurement and grant...more

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

by Carlton Fields on

"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with...more

New E.O. Reinforces President Trump's "Buy American" Agenda

by Hogan Lovells on

On April 18, 2016, President Donald Trump signed the executive order “Buy American and Hire American” aimed at maximizing the federal government’s use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States. The E.O....more

Top trade secret developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Trade secrets form one of the most valuable assets of technology companies. The protection of trade secrets is widely seen as essential to foster innovation and economic growth. This past year, both the United States (U.S.)...more

Supreme Court of California Holds That a Losing Bidder on a Public Works Contract Cannot Sue the Winning Bidder for Intentional...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 1024 (Cal. February 16, 2017) - This tort lawsuit relates to a dispute over the bidding process on several public works contracts in...more

Top M&A developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

We expect 2017 M&A activity in the aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) industry sector to equal or surpass 2016 M&A activity. Although 2016 M&A activity was down both by volume and value over 2015 it was...more

AEIOU and Sometimes IDIQ – Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract Use Remains Proportional.

As we previously discussed both on this blog and elsewhere, observational and indirect evidence told us that the use of Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (“IDIQ”) contracts was expanding. As it turns out, from...more

Top labor and employment developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. presidential administrations historically have sought to use the federal procurement system, and specifically the regulations that apply to contractors and subcontractors, as a means to implement policies that would...more

Get a Handle on Changing Leave Laws

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Picking up work across states can be challenging for any employer, particularly with respect to employment law, and it's not getting any easier. Recently, a number of states and localities are proposing and passing sick and...more

Top False Claims Act developments In 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733, continues to pose unique liability risk for aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies that directly or indirectly conduct business with the U.S. Government. In...more

Federal Contractors Beware - DHS Proposes Robust Cybersecurity Procurement Regulation to Safeguard Controlled Unclassified...

First and foremost, the proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation to safeguard CUI is internally inconsistent or at the very least ambiguous. It appears to conflate the protection of CUI on a federal...more

April Showers Bring Mass Mods: New GSA Schedule Refresh and Mass Modification

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Later this month, the GSA will issue a refresh to all GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) to incorporate new provisions and clause updates. Even if you are already a GSA Schedule holder, keep reading – a bilateral modification...more

Government Asking for More Transparency on Federal Contracts Over 150K

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

For years the federal government has attempted to increase transparency in the federal marketplace and last month, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bill that would require the posting...more

Trump revokes Obama-era "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" executive orders

by Dentons on

President Trump has loosened the federal government's grip on businesses looking to secure federal contracts. On March 27, 2017, the President signed Executive Order 13782 revoking executive orders by President Obama that had...more

FOIA for Federal Contractors: Finding New Uses for a Familiar Tool

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) updates bookended the Obama administration. We previously covered the 2007 congressional update that immediately preceded Obama’s taking office. We now offer insight into how federal...more

GAO Report on Government Contracting Finds Overall Decrease from 2011-2015 and Most Obligations on Service Contracts

by Alston & Bird on

Every year, billions of dollars in products and services are needed to keep running the U.S. federal government’s 18 cabinet-level departments and nearly 100 other independent agencies. In March 2017, the Government...more

General Services Administration Professional Services Schedule Holders May Soon Have to Lower Prices and Face Post-Award Audits

If you’ve been following the GSA for the last few years then you know the agency has been committed to reforming its Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. This reform included combining seven professional services schedules...more

DoD to Host Industry Information Day on Implementation of Cybersecurity Rules

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Dec. 31, 2017 deadline for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors to comply with DoD’s cybersecurity and breach reporting requirements is looming. The requirements, which are set forth in DoD’s Oct. 21, 2016, final rule,...more

March 2017: The 15 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. March 2017 was another month...more

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