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National Defense Authorization Act

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 -

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

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 Year’s Resolutions: Top 5 Consequential Changes in the 2018 NDAA

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The National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2018 was signed into law on December 12, 2017, and authorizes a topline national defense budget of $700 billion. While the 2018 NDAA makes a number of changes to...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

2018 NDAA Makes Big Changes to HUBZone Program

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The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), signed last week, made some significant changes to the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (“HUBZone”) Program. Most of the...more

National Defense Authorization Act FY 2018: Directions In Federal Software Acquisitions

On December 12, 2017, President Trump signed the $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) into law. Following negotiations between the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, the NDAA includes new...more

New Drone Provisions Enacted Through National Defense Legislation

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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

New Legislation Increases Access to Medical Products for Military Applications

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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

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

FAA drone registration authority restored

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Language included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 grants explicit authority to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to require registration of civilian small unmanned aircrafts, or...more

Beltway Buzz - December, 2017 #2

Another hectic week here in D.C. has us feeling like we’re living in a glass case of emotion. Here’s why...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: Acquisition Workforce Improvements

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This is the sixth 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

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - PROTESTS - If the Federal Watchdog Office Works for Contract Protestors, Why the Decline? According to an article posted in the Federal Contracts Report, several reasons could explain the...more

GAO's Bid Protest Report to Congress for 2017 Shows Record High Effectiveness Rate

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The Situation: The Government Accountability Office publishes an annual report detailing bid protest activity for the prior fiscal year. The Result: The fiscal year 2017 report shows that the sustain rate for bid protests...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: The Limits of the 2018 NDAA’s Report on Procurement Fraud

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This is the fifth 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

2018 NDAA Analysis: New Mandate to Use Private Accounting Firms to Audit Incurred Cost Submissions

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This is the fourth 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

ML Strategies December 2017 Legislative Preview

The culmination of the year’s legislative activity all comes down to the month of December – so buckle up. Congress will need to pass a government spending bill by December 8th, and this bill is expected to carry a...more

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