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Contractors Should Prepare For Potential Shutdown

As Congress and the Administration appear to be careening toward a potential government shutdown – whether on Friday January 19 or once another short-term continuing resolution expires – it is a good time for government...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Updates - January 2018

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Our January edition of "Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update" offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of December. Highlights this month include: - President Trump...more

Snowmen In August: Strict Compliance And Government Waiver of Contract Requirements

The Government “can engage a contractor to make snowmen in August, if [it spells] it out clearly [in a contract].” Rixon Electronics, Inc. v. United States, 536 F.2d 1345, 1351 (Ct. Cl. 1976). And the contractor generally...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2018

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Pentagon Task Force’s $675 Million in Contracts to Rebuild Afghanistan Found Wasteful - According to an article from Government Executive, the Defense Department’s now-defunct business task force...more

DOD Protest Reform: Initial Thoughts on the Congressionally-Mandated RAND Report

The RAND Corporation’s much-awaited report assessing bid protests of Department of Defense (DOD) procurements is out. The report fulfills a Congressional mandate in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017...more

2017 Protest Roundup

In addition to our regular recap of key protest decisions by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Court of Federal Claims this month, we have compiled a year-end recap of key bid protest decisions from 2017. The...more

[Webinar] Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program: Contract Performance 3-Part Webinar Series - Part l - REAs and Claims...

Maria Panichelli and Robert Ruggieri are presenting a 3-part educational webinar series for the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program on contract performance....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

Why Brexit Could Limit Damages in Procurement Challenges

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A recent public procurement decision of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court highlights the possibility that aggrieved suppliers in public procurement cases in the UK run the risk of losing their future rights to...more

Compliance Deadline Reached for DoD Contractor Security Controls Requirements

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Under the Department of Defense (DoD) final Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) rule on Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services, DoD contractors maintaining, processing, or...more

2018 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature introduced 2,495 bills during the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Of these, 859 were signed into law....more

Use Of The Word “In” Indicates Geography; Use Of The Word “Of” Indicates Sovereignty: Federal District Court In Maryland Holds...

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Pritchett Controls, Inc. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192182, 2017 WL 5591872 (D. Md. Nov. 21, 2017) - James W. Ancel, Inc. (“JWA”) was the prime contractor on a project for the Maryland...more

[Webinar] GovBizConnect Webinar Series: Teaming for Today Part ll - What’s Your Type? How to Know Whether Teaming, JVs, or a...

What’s Your Type? How to Know Whether Teaming, JVs, or a Mentor Protégé Relationship is Right for YOU - There are a number of different ways to form small business partnerships. Many contractors confuse teaming, joint...more

Georgia Court Of Appeals Holds That Sovereign Immunity Shields County From Contractor’s Claims Based Upon Unwritten Change Orders

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Fulton County v. Soco Contracting Company, Inc., 2017 Ga. App. LEXIS 568 (Ga. Ct. App., November 15, 2017) - Fulton County contracted with SOCO Construction Company (“SOCO”) to build a cultural center near the Fulton...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017 #3

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LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT - Department of Labor Seeks to Loosen Reins on Restaurant Industry By Rescinding Regulation of Certain Tip Pooling Practices - In 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division...more

New DoD Cybersecurity Requirements Go Into Effect

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The DFARS final rule requires contractors to safeguard information systems and imposes investigation and reporting requirements in the case of cyber incidents. As of December 31, 2017, many United States government...more

The 2018 NDAA in detail - What contractors need to know

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On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, President Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law (Pub. L. 115-91). An annual defense policy bill, the NDAA is a critical piece of legislation...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017 #2

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SMALL BUSINESS - GSA Names 80 Small Businesses to Lead Alliant 2 SB Competition - On December 7, 2017, the GSA released a pre-award list of 80 companies in the running for the five-year, $15 billion Alliant 2 Small...more

We Trust Santa’s Factory Is Free of Forced Labor and Corruption—Your Supply Chains Should Be Too.

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[Warning: The juxtaposition of the jolly old man and forced labor is not to make light of human rights violations but to highlight the hidden evils in supply chains and the potential reputational damage to wholesome...more

What Does an OFCCP Scheduling Letter Look Like?

Every compliance evaluation that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) conducts begins with a scheduling letter. The letter notifies the contractor that it has been selected for an audit and identifies...more

Saudi Arabia calls for comment on new Government Tenders & Procurement Law

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The Ministry of Finance in Saudi Arabia has recently released a draft new Government Tenders & Procurement Law (Draft Law) for public consultation....more

Federal District Court in Virginia Holds That Prime Contractor’s Payment Bond Surety Cannot Rely on No-Damages-For-Delay Clause in...

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United States v. John C. Grimberg Co., Case No. 1:16-cv-991, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173362 (E.D. Virginia, October 19, 2017) - John C. Grimberg (“Prime Contractor”) was awarded a contract (the “Prime Contract”) to design...more

The Trade Bill - UK trade policy following Brexit

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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

Public Procurement Code

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On 1 January 2018, the new Portuguese Public Procurement Code will enter into force. Many economic actors, both from the public and the private sector, will have to accommodate these changes in their modus operandi....more

OFCCP Updates Its Key Personnel; Quietly Announces New Director

According to an update on the website of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), there has been a shift in some “key personnel.” According to the changes, Ondray T. Harris will be the new OFCCP director....more

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