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U.S. Government Open Source Software: OMB’s Memorandum on Federal Source Code Policy Exposes IP Ownership Risk

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) promulgated an Open Source Software (“OSS”) policy via the Memorandum for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, M-16-21 (“Memorandum” or “M-16-21”). The...more

Deadline To Comment On Pay Transparency Language Is Next Tuesday

Last chance! The deadline to comment on the Interim Rule that adds pay transparency language to government contracts is this coming Tuesday, November 29. On September 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense, General...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2016 #3

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, AND NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION - Clarification of Requirement for Justifications for 8(a) Sole Source Contracts - The Department of Defense...more

Proposed Changes to FAR to Clarify Requirements for 8(a) Sole Source Contract Justification Over $22 Million

On November 15, 2016, the DOD, GSA, and NASA issued a proposed rule to amend the FAR to clarify guidance for justifications of sole source 8(a) contract awards exceeding $22 million. This proposed rule responds to...more

NASA Announces Beyond Visual-Line-of-Sight UAS Test Flights

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS; commonly known as drones) this month beyond visual line-of-sight of their operators to test planning, tracking and alerting...more

Federal Contractors Be Aware: Rule on Tax Delinquencies and Felony Convictions Finalized

The U.S. government finalized on Sept. 30, 2016, regulations amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that will affect an estimated 350,000 federal contractors. These new regulations were promulgated as a result of...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Prohibition on Contracting With Corporations with Delinquent Taxes or a Felony Conviction - The Department of Defense (“DOD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update - August 2016

We are pleased to offer you the inaugural issue of our newsletter, "Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update." Our aim is to keep you up-to-date on legislative and regulatory ?changes relevant to government...more

Agencies Release Final Rule on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

On August 24, 2016, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (FAR Council) released the final rule implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive...more

Final Rule Issued Implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (the FAR Council) have issued for publication in today’s Federal Register, a final rule amending the Federal...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

Can Technology Preserve Government Rights of Entry?

As we await the California Supreme Court’s decision in the Property Reserve case (see related posts here and here), many government agencies are faced with the question of what they will do if the justices deem the current...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Lobbyists Count Down to Lift-Off of Commercial Spaceflight

Paul Stimers grew up with two distinct passions that, when put together, have helped to propel the developing commercial spaceflight industry forward. Inspired by TV programs such as ‘‘Matlock,’’ Stimers knew he wanted to be...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

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

It’s Arrived! FAR Final Rule Addressing “Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems”

After nearly four years of planning and comments, DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule today amending the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) with a new Subpart 4-19 and a new contract clause 52.204-21 addressing the...more

DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Interim Rule on WOSB Sole Source Authority

Effective December 31, 2015, DoD, GSA, and NASA have issued an interim rule amending the FAR to implement regulatory changes made by the SBA that provide for EDWOSB/WOSB sole source authority. Implementation of these sole...more

How to Get Drones Off Of The Ground: Be An Active Player

Business leaders are turning to drones to solve complex operational challenges. On CBS news program “60 Minutes,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos very publicly declared his intentions to use unmanned aerial systems (UASs) to make...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Evaluating Reasonableness of Price for Commercial Items - The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a proposed rule on August 3, 2015 to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation...more

Department of Defense Spending Decreases, But Other Agencies Buck the Trend

Fiscal year (FY) 2014 saw a continued decrease in the Department of Defense (DoD) spending. In FY 2014, DoD spent $418 billion on payroll and contracts, which roughly equals 2.4% of the U.S. GDP. Recall that in 2013,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation: Simplified Acquisition Threshold for Overseas Acquisitions - The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA have issued a proposed rule to...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

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DOD Issues Interim Rule to Amend DFARS: Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services (DFARS Case 2013-D018)- The Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interim rule to amend...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DOD Issues Report Entitled Defense Contracts: DOD’s Request for Information from Contractors to Assess Prices - The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a report entitled Defense Contracts:...more

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