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House Committee Holds Hearing on Export Control Reform Bill

On March 14, 2018, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing titled “Modernizing Export Controls: Protecting Cutting Edge Technology and U.S. National Security” to examine the proposed Export Control Reform Act...more

CFIUS Continues Aggressive Intervention, Qualcomm Deal Blocked

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On March 12, 2018, President Trump blocked Broadcom, a Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer, from pursuing the purchase of U.S.-based Qualcomm, a rival chip maker. Broadcom’s offer, reportedly for $117 billion or...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 11

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Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Omnibus Could Be Released Today. House Republicans are scheduled to have a meeting early this evening to discuss the FY18 Omnibus bill and the text of the bill could possibly...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

Trump Administration Imposes Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The international trade front has had some important developments over the last few weeks that will likely have significant impacts on the construction of domestic wind, solar, biomass and other types of renewable energy...more

Should the Civil Works Mission Leave the US Army Corps of Engineers??

by Downey Brand LLP on

As happens on a regular political cycle, there are stories being published again with calls for USACE’s Civil Works mission to leave USACE and move to the U.S. Department of Transportation, or perhaps the Department of...more

Do Millennials Post a Retention Risk? According to GAO, It’s Reasonable For Agencies to Consider It - Set-Aside Alert

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The common assumption is that Millennials move quickly between jobs, never truly laying down roots for the long-term. The United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) conducted its own study, which focused on...more

Other Transaction Authority: What Is It and How Can I Get It?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

If you followed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (“FY 2018 NDAA”) or the recent cloud computing award to REAN Cloud, you likely heard the term “other transaction authority,” but may have wondered...more

What all defense contractors should know about new DOD-specific lobbying restrictions

by Dentons on

Two months into 2018, defense contractors are no doubt tracking the economic and policy implications of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018—Congress' more than US$700 billion annual defense...more

U.S. Manufacturers – and Foreign Steel and Aluminum Companies – Face Catastrophic Duties and International Trade Risks Following...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Companies that import steel or aluminum saw the detonation of a major international trade bomb on March 1st. President Trump announced that the U.S. Government would invoke the seldom-used section 232 national security...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 8

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FY18 Omnibus. With the past week being a recess period, House and Senate Appropriators made little progress on drafting the Omnibus bill, but Clark Hill is hearing Appropriators have finalized or are close to finalizing...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2018 #4

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Contractors on Board with Defense Department Budget Request - The defense contracting industry has had a positive reaction to President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 Defense Department budget...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 7

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Wrap-up. House Appropriators are trying to finish drafting the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill by March 14 in order to give Congress enough time to pass...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Updates - February 2018

by Dentons on

Our February edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of January....more

DoD Continues to Interpret "Commercial Item" Broadly, Despite Recent Attempts to Narrow

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The U.S. Department of Defense has faced criticism from the Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office concerning its handling of commercial item procurements. The Response: As a...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

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

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

FY 2019 Administration Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on February 12, 2018, submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The President's full budget calls for approximately $4.4 trillion in total spending. Much of the budget seeks...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On February 12, 2018, the White House released the President's Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget, outlining a $4.4 trillion federal budget proposal that prioritizes substantially higher spending on the military and on border...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 6

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Work Already Underway. Since the passage of the bipartisan budget deal this past Friday, House and Senate Appropriations Committees have already begun...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2018 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Pentagon Warns CEOs: Protect Your Data or Lose Our Contracts - According to an article from, the Pentagon has issued a warning to defense-industry contractors, insinuating that they...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

by Jones Day on

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

House, Senate Proposals to Extend Funding for the Federal Government

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Congress moved one step closer to avoiding a government shutdown on Feb. 6, voting overwhelmingly (245-182) to pass a short-term, GOP-backed government funding bill (text; section-by-section) that would keep the federal...more

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