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[Webinar] Cybersecurity Compliance for Higher Education: 2018 and Beyond - March 6th, 11:00am ET

The complexity of operations, research and compliance mandates in higher education presents unique challenges in securing information systems. Cybersecurity compliance affects everything from the handling of student data to...more

Facility Security Clearances for U.S. Subsidiaries of Foreign-Owned Companies [Audio]

Foreign-owned entities seeking to do business with the U.S. Government where access to classified information is required must mitigate or negate their foreign ownership, control or influence. Proper planning in advance and...more

The DOJ’s Revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy: A New Blueprint for Corporate Cooperation and Credit

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the issuance of a revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy (the “Policy”). Rosenstein announced that the “new policy enables the Department [of Justice]...more

Negotiating Subcontracts From Both Sides [Audio]

Although they share an ultimate customer, the interests of a prime contractor and a subcontractor are often divergent. Careful consideration and negotiation of subcontract terms can help to ensure there is a fair balance...more

Going to the Court of Federal Claims or the Boards of Contract Appeal [Audio]

Choosing the proper forum is the first decision to be made when initiating the claims process. A contractor should review the pros and cons of each forum to ensure an informed decision....more

Suspension and Debarment  [Audio]

The government can suspend or debar an entity or individual for a host of actions or omissions, barring them from doing business with the government. A proactive strategy of self-examination, corrective action and engagement...more

December 31 Deadline Approaching for Contractors Who Handle Export-Controlled Technical Information

Under DFARS Clause 252.204-7012, certain government contractors that store, process or transmit technical information that is controlled under the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) or the Export...more

Federal Cybersecurity Requirements [Audio]

The government requires contractors and subcontractors to protect the systems upon which government-related data reside or through which such data pass. Failure to comply with current Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)...more

How to Assess the Likelihood of Success in Deciding Whether to Bring a Bid Protest [Audio]

Confronting an exclusionary solicitation or failing to win an award can be highly frustrating. Putting aside emotion and applying practical and objective criteria to the situation will help companies assess whether there is...more

[Event] Selling Unmanned Systems Products and Services to Federal, State and Local Government Agencies - November 15th, Tysons, VA

Williams Mullen is hosting a seminar on “Selling Unmanned Systems Products and Services to Federal, State and Local Government Agencies” from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. on November 15, 2017 at the Tower Club in Tysons, VA to help...more

A Square Peg in a Round Hole – The GAO Sustains a Challenge to an Award That Includes Services Not Included in a GSA Schedule...

GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule program intends to provide a simplified process for agencies to procure supplies and services, while leveraging the terms and pricing of the commercial marketplace, as well as the Federal...more

Global Cyber Attack Highlights Need for President Trump’s Executive Order

Many companies from around the globe are continuing their recovery efforts after a massive ransomware attack affected hundreds of thousands of computers across various industries and throughout several nations. Ransomware is...more

Bills to Help Small Businesses Prepare for Cyber Attacks Working Way Through Congress

On May 2, the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology unanimously approved H.R. 2105, the “NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017.” The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee reported...more

U.S. Department of Justice Recovered More Than $4.7 Billion From Civil False Claims Act Cases in 2016

On December 14, 2016 the United States Department of Justice made its annual announcement of the amount of money recovered in civil False Claims Act settlements and judgments in Fiscal Year 2016. ...more

[Webinar] The “Risky Business” of the Federal False Claims Act: Strategic Thinking for 2017 - December 8th, 12:00pm ET

Calling in-house counsel and top executives at government and defense contractors, health care and long term care providers, and manufacturing companies. On December 8 at 11:30 am ET, join Williams Mullen attorneys at this...more

Risk and Uncertainty for Health Care Providers and Government Contractors in the Wake of Universal Health Services v. Escobar

The Supreme Court’s decision in the closely watched case of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, decided on June 16, 2016, provides a long-awaited interpretation of the False Claims Act (“FCA”)...more

Supreme Court Reins In Qui Tam FCA Limitations But Allows Revival of Cases Initially Barred Under First-To-File Rule, Kellogg...

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected efforts of False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam relators to use the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA) to extend the statute of limitations for their actions. In...more

White House Memo Will Impact How Federal Contractors Can Use Drones

There has been a great deal written about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) recent release of proposed regulations concerning the commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – or drones. Much of what has...more

The Guards Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight: Fourth Circuit Endorses “Implied Certification” Theory Under False Claims Act

Does the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) require the submission of an “objectively false statement” to the government? When does a company’s knowing failure to comply with contractual terms amount not just to a breach of...more

Government Contractor Employment and Contract Issues Arising from the Government Shutdown

A host of issues affecting government contractors have arisen as a result of the government shutdown and the pending debt ceiling impasse. Some concerns are contract-based; some are HR-based, and some concerns are practical....more

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