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Trump Policy on Unmanned Military Aircraft Expected to Allow Export of Lethal Drones

President Donald Trump is expected to ease up on the rules related to foreign sales under a new policy on unmanned military aircraft as part of a broader overhaul of arms export regulations as part of the “Buy American”...more

VA Issues Policy Reminder re Lender’s Payment or Credit of Veteran’s Costs in Home Loans

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The VA recently issued Circular 26-18-4 to clarify policy guidance regarding the use of credits or interest rates to pay borrower costs in VA loans. Pursuant to VA regulations, lenders may charge and a Veteran may pay a flat...more

Update to MLA Website Expands Search Functionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Military Lending Act website was temporarily taken offline to accommodate various “security and performance enhancements.” ...more

Auto Company Pays $2 Million to Settle SCRA Claims Over Military Leasing Practices

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The financial arm of a national automobile company has agreed to settle claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for failing to refund up-front auto lease payments to service members who terminated their leases...more

Semper Fi: Learning From The Marines’ Data Breach

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Semper Fidelis is the U.S. Marines’ motto – “always faithful.” Perhaps an ironic twist of phrase in the context of its recent and preventable data breach. Let’s recap. The Marine Forces Reserve recently announced that...more

Washington state legislature passes bill to expand coverage of service member protections and provide additional protections

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Washington state Senate and House of Representatives have passed a bill (House Bill 1056) that would expand the coverage of the Washington Service Members’ Civil Relief Act (WSCRA) and provide additional protections to...more

DOJ announces settlement of SCRA claims for auctioning of towed vehicles without court orders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice recently announced it had entered into an agreement with the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii (Honolulu) and its general contractor for towing services to settle a lawsuit filed by the DOJ...more

New VA Policy Guidance for Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

On February 1, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued Circular 26-18-1, in which it announced a new policy regarding certain disclosures for the VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans (IRRRL). In general, for...more

ITAR for Government Contractors - New Developments for 2018

by Williams Mullen on

ITAR is an important area of regulation for government contractors. This includes firms in the defense, technical services, information technology, cyber-security, military training and DOD-funded R&D fields. These...more

Trade groups ask Defense Dept. to rescind MLA interpretation on GAP insurance financing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Four trade groups have sent letters to the Department of Defense (DoD) asking the DoD to rescind or withdraw Question and Answer #2 (Q&A 2) from its 2016 interpretative rule for the Military Lending Act final rule (MLA Rule)...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Skilled Immigrants Dominate Silicon Valley, White House Squares Off Against Sanctuary Cities, and Immigrant...

Immigrant Workers a Majority in Silicon Valley - Silicon Valley, known around the globe as a technology hub with headquarters for many companies, including Google and Apple, is heavily dependent on foreign skilled...more

ADG Insights: Top 2017 False Claims Act developments for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Through our monthly ADG Insights series, Hogan Lovells is pleased to share with you the top legal and political issues affecting the aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) industry. Our ADG industry team monitors...more

Assembly Bill 1710 Expands Military Personnel Employment Protections

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Effective January 1, 2018, AB 1710 amends Section 394 of the Military and Veterans Code by including protection against discrimination in all terms, conditions or privileges of employment due to membership or service in the...more

New Post-Employment Restrictions for Certain DoD Officials

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), signed into law on Dec. 12, 2017, imposes new lobbying restrictions on former military officers grade O-7 and higher and civilians of the same grade...more

COFC Decision Foreshadows VA Proposed Rule on Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Eligibility Rules

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Veteran-owned small businesses have long faced inconsistencies between the regulations of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and those of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For example, these inconsistencies can...more

Implementing CAATSA Sanctions on Russia: Approaching Deadlines for “Oligarchs” and “Sovereign Debt” Reports and Recap of Latest...

• The next significant Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)-related deadline for the Trump administration is January 29, 2018, when it must submit reports to Congress on “oligarchs and parastatal...more

Military Pensions Also Being “Reformed” For The First Time In 70 Years

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The recent changes in tax laws have grabbed the headlines but employees of the four branches of the military and the Coast Guard will become part of a new “blended” retirement system passed by Congress in 2016, but effective...more

Drone v. Helicopter: And the loser is…

by LeClairRyan on

The NTSB Report into the midair collision between a DJI Phantom and an army Blackhawk helicopter has been released and not surprisingly, the probable cause of the accident was sUAS pilot error....more

Indictment in $40M Alleged Fraud Case Signals Increased Scrutiny of SDVOSB Government Contractors

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the federal grand indictment of an army veteran for allegedly engaging in major government program fraud by using his status as a service-disabled veteran to...more

Department of Defense Issues Additional MLA Rule Interpretive Guidance; SCRA Foreclosure Protections Extended

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week the Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interpretive rule under the DoD’s Military Lending Act final rule (MLA Rule). The interpretive rule amends four of the “Q&A” format interpretations that DoD issued on August...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

Export Controls: 2017 Update of the EU Dual-Use Control List

by Dechert LLP on

The annual update of the EU’s list of dual-use items subject to export controls will shortly come into force. The UK will update its open general licences that are affected. Businesses exporting dual-use items should check...more

New Legislation Increases Access to Medical Products for Military Applications

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, the President signed new legislation that gives the Department of Defense (DoD) new opportunities to advocate to FDA for expedited development, review, and Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for medical products...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: Intellectual Property Provisions

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 agreed to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for more blog posts...more

If You Don’t Do the Work, You Might Do Time Instead: Service-Disabled Veteran Faces Jail Time for Failing to Run Day-to-Day...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Government recently indicted an Army veteran for allegedly using his status as a service-disabled veteran to help a company qualify as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business and falsely obtain nearly $40 million...more

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