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The National Defense Authorization Act is a United States federal statute enacted each year to specify the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. The NDAA identifies which agencies are responsible... more +
The National Defense Authorization Act is a United States federal statute enacted each year to specify the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. The NDAA identifies which agencies are responsible for national defense, provides funding for those agencies and includes instructions on proper use of the funds.  less -

CFIUS: Evolution Yields to Revolution

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While 2017 was an evolutionary year for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS"), 2018 portends to be a revolutionary year. A number of factors, including a new President, growing concerns over...more

New Debriefing Rules in Effect for DOD Contractors

As we discussed in an earlier post about the NDAA for FY 2018, one of the most significant changes with respect to procurement issues may be related to the DOD’s conduct of debriefings. Perhaps missed in the discussions of a...more

Legal Advisor Newsletter - First Quarter 2018

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The topics in the Legal Advisor focus primarily on corporate and business matters, federal contracting, employment law, intellectual property and electronic commerce. We encourage our readers to communicate their views to us...more

Section 809 Panel Releases First Volume of Recommendations for the Overhaul of DoD’s Acquisition Process

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In 2016, Congress instructed the Department of Defense (DoD) to review its procurement regulations by convening a panel of procurement professionals—from both the public and private sectors. This panel became known as the...more

Enhanced Debriefing Rules in the NDAA Offer Protesters Several Practical Advantages

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The Situation: The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act requires that the Secretary of Defense implement new rules for enhanced debriefings for certain types of acquisitions. The Result: Once implemented, the enhanced...more

SBA Issues New Proposed Rule to Consolidate SDVOSB Eligibility Rules

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On January 29, 2018, the SBA issued a proposed rule to address and resolve the existing conflicts between the current eligibility requirements in the SBA and VA regulations. This action comes after specific direction in the...more

SBA Proposed Rule Standardizes SDVO SBC Ownership & Control Standards

On January 29, 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposed to significantly amend its regulations to standardize and clarify the ownership and control standards required for qualifying as either a...more

Changes to DCAA’s Incurred Cost Audit Model: How May It Affect You?

It is no secret that the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) has been plagued by a significant backlog in processing incurred cost (electronically) proposals (“ICE proposals”). In 2011, there were approximately 31,000 ICE...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2018

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Procurement of Commercial Items (DFARS case 2016-d006) - The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a final rule, which amended the Defense Federal...more

Defining “Unconditional” Ownership and Control of SDVOSBs: SBA Proposes to Relax Ownership and Control Requirements

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Recently, we wrote about the VA’s proposed rule to eliminate its own ownership and control criteria for SDVOSB and VOSB eligibility under the Vets First contracting program. The proposed rule stems from Congress’ mandate in...more

National 8(a) Winter Conference – Changes Coming for SDVOSBs

Hello from Nashville, Tennessee! I’m currently at the National 8(a) Association’s Winter Conference and had the privilege of participating in a great panel discussion with some of the leading small business scholars and...more

Contractors Beware: The 2018 NDAA Ushers In New Changes Affecting IP Rights

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA” or “Act”) includes changes that could make the Department of Defense (“DoD”) a more effective and knowledgeable purchaser of Intellectual Property (“IP”) and promote more...more

The VA Proposes Placing Responsibility for Issuing Eligibility Regulations with SBA

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This is the first blog post by Holland & Knight’s newest government contracts attorney; Mitchell Bashur. Mitchell focuses his practice on government contracts and has extensive experience with protests, small and...more

Good News for Department of Defense Contractors: Enhanced Post-Award Debriefing Requirements are on Their Way!

The National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2018 includes enhanced post-award debriefing requirements for the Department of Defense (“DoD”). This change is likely a response to the Office of Federal...more

New Post-Employment Restrictions for Certain DoD Officials

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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

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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

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

Congressional RAND Study Refutes Common Misperceptions about DoD Bid Protests

A Congressionally mandated research study demonstrates that bid protests filed against Department of Defense (DoD) procurements do not unduly delay these acquisitions and are not frivolous. More than 99.7% of DoD contracts...more

ML Strategies Outlook for 2018

With the start of a new year, Congress returns to Washington for the second session of the 115th Congress, while President Trump readies for his first State of the Union on January 30, 2018. The legislative agenda for the...more

Compliance News Flash

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

Recreational Drone Registration Requirement Has Returned

Back on December 21, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required drone owners to register their drones if their drones weighed more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds (small drones). The registration was...more

Enhanced Post-Award Debriefing Requirements Included in Final Version of FY 2018 NDAA

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We recently wrote about enhanced post-award debriefing requirements included in the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2018 [read article here]. The final NDAA signed into law...more

GSA & OMB are Holding a Public Meeting and Requesting Written Comments Regarding Implementation of the “Amazon Amendment”

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The General Services Administration (“GSA”) and the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) are providing an important opportunity to the public to provide input into the implementation of the so-called “Amazon Amendment,”...more

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

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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

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

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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

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