Government Contracts & Investigations

Wondering Why Government Contractors Need to Take Cybersecurity Seriously – Criminals and Foreign Adversaries Are Trying to Hack You

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Our blogs and alerts have reported on the increasing legislative and regulatory requirements to promote the security of the U.S. supply chain, including its cybersecurity. In the public sector, these requirements are being imposed to facilitate defense against activities that threaten the operations of the Government, its contractors and their industrial base supply chains, asRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Supply Chain Risk Management

Senate and House Make Progress in Passing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

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A  recent article on this blog reported on the contents of the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA), which had been rolled out of committee for consideration by the full Senate. The Senate has since passed its version (S. 4049) and the House has passed its own versionRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Statutes and Regulations, Supply Chain Risk Management

When It Comes to Solicitations, Stick to the Script

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While some rules may seem basic enough to overlook, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision sustaining the protest in Avionic Instruments LLC (Avionic), B-418604, B-418604.2 (June 30, 2020) reminds us of a fundamental tenet in government contracting for both agencies and offerors: abide by the terms of the solicitation. The underlying solicitation, a request forRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Federal Contractors’ Compliance Responsibilities Just Got Easier, or Did They?

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On July 14, 2020, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council issued an interim final rule intended to clarify the scope and application of the requirements set forth in Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (FY19 NDAA). The rule’s release comes after months of eager anticipation by—and almost apocalyptic warnings from—a wide varietyRead More

Topics: Ethics and Compliance, Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

Departments of State and Commerce Announce Policy Changes to US Export Laws in Response to Hong Kong National Security Law

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On June 30, 2020 at 11:00 PM Hong Kong time, the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK National Security Law) took effect. The HK National Security Law was adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s RepublicRead More

Topics: Export Controls, Sanctions and CFIUS