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AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tunisia

1. What role does the government of Tunisia play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Tunisian government places a priority on attracting foreign direct investment. The Tunisian government...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2017 #2

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FEDERAL AGENCIES - “Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: DFARS Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force, Review of DFARS Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses.” Federal Register, August 10,...more

Procurement Pressure: The Convergence Of Supply And Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

With a growing number of complex regulations and directives, the only thing that is constant right now in the regulatory environment is change. Supply chain leaders and compliance professionals alike continue to grapple with...more

Proposed Internet of Things Cybersecurity Bill May Create Hurdles for Government Contractors

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The federal government dramatically has increased its spending in recent years on Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices, including biosensors that can gather medical and security data from soldiers and vehicles in the field;...more

Can Procurement Law Slow Down Data Breach Response? A Closer Look.

What happens when state and local governments respond to significant data breaches? They often turn to the private sector for breach response capabilities in order to mitigate damages. Speed is the name of the game, and...more

Maximizing Compliance Opportunities: Your Vendor Onboarding Process and Vendor Master File

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Compliance practitioners are opportunists. They have to look for openings in the corporate resource world to build partnerships with related functions. To put it another way, they are purveyors of compliance thinking – they...more

US lawmakers introduce bill to address cybersecurity flaws in the Internet of Things

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A bipartisan group of US senators has introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, which seeks to impose baseline cybersecurity standards for IoT devices sold to the US government. Notably,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2017

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Launches New HUBZONE Maps and Partners with U.S. Digital Service to Streamline and Enhance Online Services for Small Businesses” U.S. Small Business Administration Press Release, July...more

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

by Jones Day on

Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

LAWA’s APM Makes Tracks

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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) released the Final Request for Proposals (Final RFP) for the procurement of the elevated 2.25-mile Automated People Mover train (APM) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on July 28,...more

House Bill Seeks LPTA Reform; Focus On Best Value Procurements

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For government contractors frustrated by Federal agencies’ use of Lowest-Price Technically-Acceptable solicitations on complex services contracts – help may be on the way. As I’ve discussed before, LPTA procurements can...more

Lessons in Failures of Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

Last week’s announcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the resolution of its outstanding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with Halliburton Company continues to resonate and provide...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017 #3

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “Proposed Information Collection Request; Federal Contractor Veterans' Employment Report VETS-4212.” Federal Register, July 18, 2017. Retrieved from federalregister.gov. The Veterans'...more

Postal Service Contractor? Would-be Contractor? A Look inside the U.S. Postal Service Bid Protest Process - Construction and...

Most sophisticated government contractors know that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does not have jurisdiction over bid protests challenging procurements or proposed procure-ments by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)....more

House Bill Would Reduce Use of LPTA in All Agencies’ Procurement

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

A recent bill before the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to limit the use of the lowest price technically available (“LPTA”) source selection process in procurements. H.R. 3019, which was introduced on June 22, 2017,...more

U.S. Announces Updates to Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury have listed 18 entities...more

Compliance With “Buy American” Laws: Agency Reports Due September 15, 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump ordered federal agencies to prioritize procurement of domestically produced goods, assess agency compliance with “Buy American” laws, and minimize the use of waivers. As we noted in our...more

Access to confidential information and court documents in procurement cases

by Dentons on

Procurement challenges focus on sensitive issues for parties and non-parties to the dispute. Information about evaluation, the challenger's unsuccessful bid and the winning bid are all likely to be relevant. Both parties and...more

Department of Defense and Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration promotes an "all of the above" energy strategy, but many of the Administration's actions to date seem to favor coal and fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. Although...more

Court Puts Vets First: "Rule of Two" Prevails Over AbilityOne

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The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ("COFC") recently ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") must apply the "Rule of Two" before consulting the AbilityOne list when buying goods and services....more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2017

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Hope for a Cleaner Brexit After ECJ Ruling - In a ruling which is likely to have positive implications for a possible Brexit deal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16 May 2017 opened up the ability of the EU...more

Real News - Spring 2017

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The use of drones across all sectors is increasing. Accountancy rm, PwC estimates that the emerging global market for business services using drones is valued at over USD 127 billion and the biggest slice of that market is...more

Grant and cooperative-agreement recipients: Are your procurement standards compliant yet?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Local governments, Native American tribes, institutions of higher education, or non-profit organizations (including health care organizations) that receive grants or cooperative agreements (or part of either type of Federal...more

Reforms Lead to New Opportunities in Saudi Arabia - Transformative changes in Saudi Arabia are opening up new opportunities in...

Saudi Arabia has recently adopted new policies aimed at transforming its economy, including plans to sell shares in the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and to expand its Public Investment Fund (PIF) to diversify its...more

Non-Federal Entities Receive Extra Year to Comply with Overhauled OMB Procurement Standards for Federal Assistance Agreements

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Non-federal entities that receive federal assistance—such as colleges and universities, hospitals, nonprofits, and state, local and tribal governments—have been given an additional year to comply with the Office of Management...more

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