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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement - A 21st century trade agreement with major advantages for Pacific Rim businesses

At a news conference in Ottawa on October 5, 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised the TPP as "the largest economic partnership in the history of the world" and "the new gold standard for international trade...more

A Tale of Two Protests: Itemized SBA JV Agreements and Dependence on a Large Business Determination Not Upheld

Recently, two Small Business cases that came out that are notable. Both protests affect Small Business Administration interpretation and application of affiliation rules. The first protest defeated a joint venture agreement...more

“March-in” Rights – The (Paper) Damoclean Sword of Federal Procurement Patent Law

Given the recent PilieroMazza webinar on Data Rights in federal contracting, we have had a number of clients raise concerns or questions about the government’s “march-in” rights under the Bayh-Dole Act, which controls certain...more

The Necessary Ingredient to Compliance Success: Interpersonal Skills

We always bandy the phrase around of “people skills,” or the old trendy phrase of “emotional intelligence.” Hopefully, this posting can create some ideas around new approaches to these old concepts and trendy terminology....more

Possible Expansion of the List of Imported Medical Devices Falling under the "Third is Out" Restriction for State Procurement

Following lengthy discussion and despite the criticism of experts, RF Government Decree No. 102 "On Restricting the Admission of Certain Types of Medical Devices Originating in Foreign States for the Purposes of Procurement...more

Government Contractors Beware: Trying to Fit A Square Peg into A Round Hole

What may be standard in the corporate world can severely disrupt set-aside status in the highly-regulated government contract space. Take the recently-decided case of Precise Systems. ...more

New DFARS Proposed Rule on Commercial Items Acquisitions and Subcontracting: An End Run of Congress?

On Monday, August 3, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a long-awaited proposed rule that could have a significant impact on how the DOD and prime contractors procure commercial items. 80 Fed. Reg. 45918 (Aug. 3,...more

How to Succeed in Africa by Choosing Partnership over Corruption

Big opportunities for exporters in Africa - There is no doubt that the continent of Africa is a land rich in opportunities for international businesses. With an abundance of natural resources, some of the world’s fastest...more

Software import substitution: recent news

In support of Russian software developers when executing public (state or municipal) procurement, the Federal Law N 188-FZ “On Amendments to the Federal Law ‘On Information, Information Technologies and Protection of...more

New Federal Integrity Regime: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The Integrity Regime replaces the Integrity Framework initially introduced by PWGSC in 2012 and amended in March 2014, which was heavily criticized as being unfairly harsh for its lack of due process and failure to account...more

The New Canadian Integrity Regime: Compliance Carrots to Join the Debarment Sticks

Today we welcome Kristine Robidoux, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, for an analysis of the new Canadian Integrity Regime. As Canada has one of the most robust Debarment regimes which includes anti-bribery enforcement,...more

Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Release Final Diversity Standards

After lengthy consideration, six federal financial regulatory agencies—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Semiannual Regulatory Agenda - The Department of Defense (DoD) published the semiannual agenda of regulatory documents, including those that are procurement-related, for public...more

Proposed FAR Changes To Implement SBA Small Business Subcontracting Rules

DOD, GSA, and NASA have proposed a number of changes to the FAR to implement changes made by the Small Business Administration in 2013 regarding small business subcontracting goals and plans. While the proposed FAR changes...more

Construction Corner: Design-Bid-Build Project Delivery Method

In our last Construction Corner post, we discussed the various roles that a construction manager may play in a project and introduced the Construction Manager at Risk project delivery method. Now we will discuss the most...more

Changes to the regulation of pharmaceutical business in Kazakhstan: implications for pharmaceutical companies

A significant number of amendments have been introduced to the Healthcare Code* of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 6 April 2015 by the adoption of the Law On Introduction of Amendments and Additions to Certain Legal Acts of the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule to amend its...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #4

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Time to Revisit Your PHA’s Procurement Policy in Response to Uniform Guidance

The “common rule,” 24 CFR §85.36, has been removed from the Code of Federal Regulations. If the “disappearance” of the familiar procurement regulation is taking you by surprise, it is likely because during the December...more

Procurement Pulse - March 2015: Update 2

Guidance to be read in conjunction with the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015 (PCR'15) is being issued thick and fast. We reported the new requirements for advertising below threshold contracts on Contracts Finder in the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - The Under Secretary of Defense Issues Memorandum Regarding the Appropriate Use of LPTA Source Selection Process and Associated Contract Type - The Under Secretary of Defense for...more

False Advertising Suit Concerning Department of Defense Standards Misfires

In a case that teaches important lessons about the burden of proving an advertisement false at trial, Judge Ronald Lew of the Central District of California held that Elkay Plastics Company was not liable for allegedly false...more

Pay-to-Play Lessons from New Jersey’s State Investment Council Rules

New Jersey is often thought of as the “pay-to-play” state – primarily because we have five separate statewide pay-to-play prohibition laws in effect (covering state procurement, county procurement, local procurement, state...more

Disruptive Changes on the Horizon for Federal COTS Software Supply

Action Item: Firms making commercial off-the-shelf ("COTS") software sold to the federal government, or reselling COTS software to the federal government, should respond to the SBA’s recent proposed rule or risk a loss of...more

Government Contractors - Make Sure You Know the Pre-Opening Bid Modification and Withdrawal Rules in the Jurisdictions Where You...

The competitive bidding process for government contracts often requires contractors to submit detailed bids under tight, pressure-packed deadlines. While contractors may check their bids meticulously before submitting them,...more

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