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OIG Scrutiny of Patient Assistance Programs

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last week, one of the largest charity patient assistance programs in the country, Caring Voice Coalition, announced that it would not be offering financial assistance for any of its disease funds in 2018. This announcement...more

Mandatory Changes Proposed to UK Government Contracts’ Data Privacy Terms

The UK government has announced that it intends to write to all government contractors in order to make unilateral changes to all UK government contracts to comply with impending changes in EU data privacy law....more

Comment Deadline Approaches for CMS’s Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs for CY 2019 – Part 1: Negotiated...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule titled “Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service,...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: Signals Towards the Federal Government’s Growing Interest in Blockchain Technology

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the seventh blog post in a series analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as signed into law on December 12, 2017. Stay tuned for more blog posts covering additional topics in...more

Information Security In Government and Defense Contracting: New and Upcoming Requirements

by Locke Lord LLP on

As many contractors know well, federal and defense acquisition processes can be a complicated, rule-intensive process subject to frequent change. Fortunately, some recent changes appear to be well designed to provide for...more

2017, We Hardly Knew You: A Look Ahead to 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Taking over as editors of Holland & Knight’s Government Contracts Blog has been a labor, but it has been a labor of love. Like the rest of the Government Contracts Team, we are passionate about staying on top of the latest...more

US Government Contractors Face New Cybersecurity Requirements

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As of December 31, 2017, many United States government contractors face a new compliance requirement involving cybersecurity. This requirement will govern most new Department of Defense (DoD) contracts and, significantly,...more

December 31, 2017 Deadline for Cybersecurity under DFARS 252.204-7012 Re-Interpreted

The DoD clarifies its expectation for full compliance to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) residing on Contractor Systems from cyber incidents. A defense contractor’s updated and current System Security...more

New Drone Provisions Enacted Through National Defense Legislation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 12, 2017, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), authorizing appropriations for various military and national defense programs. The NDAA also contained two...more

Happy Cybersecurity New Year

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

After the ball drops in Times Square this New Year’s Eve, many DoD contractors will wake up with a headache. And I don’t mean from too much champagne. I’m talking about extensive DoD cybersecurity requirements these...more

A Dialogue With Corporate Counsel: Skadden’s Seventh Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Seminar

Panelists examined major enforcement actions from 2017 and identified key trends. Aggressive Enforcement With a Decrease in High-Dollar Settlements. Panelists noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues its...more

NIST Releases Highly-Anticipated Draft Special Publication on Assessing the Security Requirements in NIST SP 800-171 for...

Pursuant to DFARS 252.204-7012, DoD contractors are to implement the security requirements in NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171 by December 31, 2017. NIST SP 800-171 includes security requirements for protecting...more

5 Key Takeaways: Government Contractors: Best Practices & Prevention Strategies for Data Breaches

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Gunjan Talati and Chris Henel, members of the firm’s Government Contracting Team, recently presented a webinar in collaboration with Federal Publications’ Cybersecurity Institute on best practices and...more

Episode 13 -- Top Ten Rules for Conducting Internal Investigation Interviews

by Michael Volkov on

To implement an effective ethics and compliance program, global companies have to establish an effective internal investigation program.  Whether conducting a critical or routine investigation, investigators have to be able...more

Final Countdown to DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance

Most federal defense contractors are aware that December 31, 2017, is the deadline for them to comply with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Protecting Controlled...more

Data Breaches in 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As we near the end of the year and look back on 2017, both the number of data breaches and magnitude of these breaches stand out. There have been over forty very significant breaches of data stored on cloud computing systems...more

White House Announces Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the Trump administration released the Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process. This documents describes the process by which U.S. agencies and departments determine whether to disclose or restrict...more

Avoiding Data Breaches: Lessons From Regulations

by Revision Legal on

In January of 2017, an amendment to the Federal Acquisitions Regulation (“FAR”) went into effect related to protecting private personal information and requiring privacy training for all federal government contractors. The...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: DoD “Amazon” Bill Poised to Become Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the second blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance Countdown: Are You Ready?

by Blank Rome LLP on

It’s almost here. After years of rulemaking, covered defense contractors will soon be fully subject to heightened cybersecurity standards for covered defense information (“CDI”) on IT systems under DFARS 252.204-7012, and...more

CMS Announces New Policy for Biosimilars Payments Under Part B

by Goodwin on

As we previously reported, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has been considering comments on a proposed rule regarding biosimilar payment policies. On Thursday, CMS issued a final rule for the 2018...more

Want To Pan Your Employer Online? Be Careful!

Your reviews of your employer may not be as anonymous as you think. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed an order directing Glassdoor, Inc., to disclose information about eight individuals who...more

Three October Bid Protest Decisions That May Affect Your Business

• First, an awardee is responsible for keeping tabs on what happens in a protest of its award, or it may not be able to submit its own challenge if the protest is sustained. • Second, mere compliance with cybersecurity...more

Want to Learn More About Fighting Negative CPARS Ratings, Privacy in Government Contracting, the Mandatory Disclosure Rule or Just...

The fall brings many nice things: cooler weather, beautiful leaves, and of course, the Government’s fiscal year end. To those wondering where in the world Kilpatrick’s government contracts attorneys have been (because they...more

Imminent Deadline Looms for Government Contractors on Cybersecurity Compliance

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Now that the government fiscal year end has passed, government contractors that handle controlled unclassified information (“CUI”) must turn their attention – if they haven’t already – to the quickly approaching calendar year...more

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