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The Trade Bill - UK trade policy following Brexit

by DLA Piper on

The Trade Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday 7 November 2017. It will have to be passed by both Houses before it becomes law, and it has to become law before Brexit takes effect, currently set for 29 March...more

OFCCP Files Its First Complaint Against A Federal Contractor During the Trump Administration

On October 10, 2017, the U.S. Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) filed its first Complaint against a federal contractor since President Trump took office. The Complaint alleges that contractor Advance...more

UK Takes Steps to Prepare for Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The government draws closer to establishing the legislation that will be needed after Brexit with the introduction of a new Trade Bill. The Trade Bill has received a first hearing in parliament, but not been debated at...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Conferees Will Determine Fate of Defense Bill Provision to Deter Frivolous Contractor Bid Protest” Government Executive, October 13, 2017. Retrieved from govexec.com Senators, as they have in...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “Rules of Practice for Protests and Appeals Regarding Eligibility for Inclusion in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Verification and Evaluation Database” ...more

Two-Minute Warning: Preparing for a Possible Government Shutdown

In May, President Trump tweeted: the “country needs a good shutdown in September.” That prospect is now upon us. For Government contractors, the fallout from a threatened shutdown—let alone an actual one—ranges from...more

USTR Requests Input on Impact of Trade Agreements on Government Procurement

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 21, 2017, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a request for public comment on the impact of government procurement provisions of U.S. trade...more

Applicability of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act

President Trump made headlines in April by signing an Executive Order urging federal agencies to “Buy American and Hire American.” While this Order makes no substantive legal changes and, for now, appears to be more bark...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

U.S. Government Guidance on Buy American Executive Order Could Signal Impending Headaches for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, 2017, Donald Trump signed a Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American (EO). As we reported at the time, Section 3 of the EO directed the heads of all federal agencies to, among other things:...more

Thornberry Acquisition Reform Bill Contemplates DoD’s Use of Online Marketplaces to Purchase COTS Products

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Imagine if a DoD agency could purchase commercial-off-the-shelf products of any value simply by placing an order at an Amazon-like website – no need for solicitations, quotes, evaluation, or detailed price analysis and...more

“Buy American” – President Trump Orders Federal Agencies to Enforce Government Procurement Rules

by K&L Gates LLP on

President Trump’s “Buy American” agenda continues to pick up steam. Following up on earlier executive action prioritizing use of American-made steel in new pipeline construction, President Trump has ordered federal agencies...more

The Buy American and Hire American Executive Order: What It Means For Supply Chain Management

by Jones Day on

In our December 2016 Commentary on the "Government Contracts Ramifications of the Trump Election" and our January 2017 update, we predicted that the Trump Administration would seek to strengthen domestic preferences in...more

Laws and Regulations Affecting Government Contractors

by Polsinelli on

How Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Could Alter Procurements - The President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (EO), issued April 18, 2017, reflects Executive Branch policy and orders several...more

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

by Carlton Fields on

"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with...more

Top Brexit developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom (UK) voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The UK Government gave the EU formal notice of its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017. This...more

The Long Road: Boeing Continues the March into Iran

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- Boeing announces deal to sell aircraft to Iran Aseman - The deal was apparently authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department, but Congressional foes fight to block it - If the deal goes through, further loosening of...more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2017

by Bryan Cave on

What Future for EU Public Procurement Law in the UK After Brexit? Those aficionados of the silver screen will remember comedians Laurel and Hardy and in particular their catchphrase 'Well here's another nice mess you've...more

The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

Finally! Government Contractor Blacklisting EO and Implementing Regulations Bite the Dust . . Perhaps Forever!

It's official. On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (H.J. Res. 37) invalidating the regulations that implemented President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive...more

Congress Makes Confusing Changes to the VA's Verification Program

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), Pub. L. No. 114-328, which was signed into law on December 23, 2016, contains several notable changes to the current structure of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #3

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses.” Small Business Administration Press Release, March 16, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.sba.gov. Administrator Linda...more

Is the Time Ripe for New Jersey Pay-to-Play Reform?

by Genova Burns LLC on

For more than a decade, New Jersey has had in place a series of pay-to-play laws that impose reduced contribution limits and heightened disclosure requirements for government contractors. The goal of these laws is to ensure...more

Congress Repeals Controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations

by Morgan Lewis on

Final closure for federal contractors awaits the president’s signature. On March 6, 2017, the US Senate voted in favor of House Joint Resolution 37 (H.J. Res. 37), which would repeal the regulations spurred by former US...more

When it Comes to Pay-to-Play, Not All Political Recipients are Created Equal

by Genova Burns LLC on

If any New Jersey State contractor or potential State contractor out there ever thought that it didn’t need to put political-activity and pay-to-play compliance at the top of its “To Do” list, we have a cautionary tale for...more

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