National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act is a United States federal statute enacted each year to specify the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. The NDAA identifies which agencies are responsible... more +
The National Defense Authorization Act is a United States federal statute enacted each year to specify the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. The NDAA identifies which agencies are responsible for national defense, provides funding for those agencies and includes instructions on proper use of the funds.  less -
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The Next Six Weeks in Congress

The House and Senate return this week from the annual Spring Recess, with the Senate scheduled to be in session for the next six weeks and the House in session for three weeks, off for one week, and then returning for another...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

Comments on Proposed Rule Small Business Government Contracting and NDAA of 2013 Amendments, RIN: 3245-AG58

Re: RIN: 3245-AG58, Comments on Proposed Rule Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Amendments - Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments...more

Executive Order Creates Cybersecurity Sanctions Framework

On April 1, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against designated individuals or entities found to be engaged in malicious cyber activity, including various forms of...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown

1. COMMERCIAL CONTRACTING RULES APPLY TO FEDERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULES - 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...more

SBA Proposes Sweeping Changes to Small Business Affiliation Rules

The SBA is on a roll! It seems that ringing in the new year has invigorated the agency, prompting it to act on the various outstanding directives set forth in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013...more

Highlights of the SBA's Proposed Regulation Changes

This brief article hits the highpoints of the proposed regulations changes issued by the SBA on Feb. 5, 2015, and addresses what many companies would consider the most substantive changes to date. Notably, other articles have...more

SBA Proposes Subcontracting Reforms and Other Changes

In this presentation: - Hot off the presses: SBA’s proposed rule for the new mentor-protégé program for all small businesses - How the limitations on subcontracting currently work - Changes to the...more

DOD Seeks to End the 25-Year “Pilot” Status of the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program

The U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”) recently announced its intent to request a 10-year extension of its mentor-protégé program. The move is a bid to add more permanence to a program, since its advent in 1991 has been...more

Analysis of SBA's Proposed Rule to Create a New Mentor-Protege Program for All Small Businesses

On February 5, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released its longawaited proposed rule to establish a mentor-protégé program for all small businesses. See 80 Fed. Reg. 6618 (Feb. 5, 2015). Federal...more

Closing the Loop: The Proposal of New Subcontracting Limitations on Small Businesses

Many small business government contractors may have to rethink the way they do business. The Small Business Administration issued a proposed rule at the end of December to implement provisions of the National Defense...more

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Amendments to Strengthen Prohibitions Against Trafficking

On January 29, 2015, the U.S. Government released a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”). The final rule reflects changes to proposed amendments originally released in September 2013. The...more

Organizations Urge SBA to Expedite WOSB Sole Source

As we explained in a previous blog post, Section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 creates sole source authority for participants in the Woman-Owned Small Business ("WOSB") Program. ...more

Proposed Rule Would Give Federal Contractors a New Way to Report Agency Mismanagement and Misconduct

Over the last few years the world of federal contracting has seen an increased focus on the False Claims Act, the prevention of fraud, and the strengthening of fraud-related penalties. 2015 will certainly be no different....more

SBA Proposes Changes to Limitations on Subcontracting and Other Rules

On Dec. 29, 2014, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a long-awaited rule to implement certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA). A summary of the NDAA's small business provisions...more

Yet Another Recertification Rule

On December 29, 2014, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a proposed rule to implement the subcontracting limitation requirements mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Buried therein was a...more

Legal Minute: Cybersecurity Reporting Requirements for Government Contractors [Video]

Government Contracts Partner Mary Beth Bosco explains the new cyber breach reporting requirements for defense contractors based on the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. The NDAA...more

National Defense Authorization Act For 2015 Moves Forward In Senate

On December 12, 2014, the Senate passed a House amendment to the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA FY15). The final version of the NDAA FY15 places...more

Analysis of SBA's Proposed Rule Regarding Limitations on Subcontracting

On December 29,2014, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published its proposed rule to implement provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) that change the way firms calculate compliance with the...more

Congress Enacts Legislation to Incentivize Natural Gas Vehicles

On December 19, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes significant non-defense provisions, including one that reforms the process by which the National Highway Safety...more

2015 National Defense Authorization Act Requires New Cyber Breach Reporting - "Operationally Critical Contractors" Are Required to...

Congress passed the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA or Act) on Dec. 12, 2014. The NDAA for 2015 creates a new cyber breach reporting requirement affecting...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2014 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Foreign Commercial Satellite Services (DFARS Case 2014-D010) - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim rule adopted as final with minor...more

Small Business Legislative and Regulatory Update

In this presentation: - GSA Schedule Contracts: Veterans First? - 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”): - NDAA Revisions To LOS - New Mentor Protégé Program - NDAA Impact On MP...more

Finally! Sole Source Authority for the WOSB Program

On December 2, 2014, the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee released the text of an agreement they have reached on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 (“NDAA”). Section 825 of...more

Cybersecurity Policy in the Lame Duck and Beyond

There are two categories of cybersecurity legislation awaiting Congressional consideration during the lame duck. First, there are a number of non-controversial, narrowly focused bills that are likely to be adopted as part of...more

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