Government Contracts & Investigations

White House Fact Sheet Results in Additional Questions for Government Contractors

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On November 4, 2021, the White House released a fact sheet on the issuance of new OSHA ETS and CMS Rules and also addressed some changes to the previously announced EO 14042 federal contractor vaccination mandate. During last week’s White House press briefing, officials had suggested that the administration might at least delay implementation of the EORead More

Topics: Government Contracts, Labor and Employment

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Rule for Government Contractors Continues to Develop

We have previously reported on implementation issues arising from President Biden’s Path out of the Pandemic plan, which included issuance of Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, the related Safer Workforce Task Force Guidance, and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Class Deviations. Since our last report, several legal developments warrant attention: Nineteen statesRead More

Topics: Government Contracts, Labor and Employment

Update on Vaccine Requirements and Roll Out of the Path out of Pandemic Plan

We have been answering a number of questions from clients regarding the nature and scope of the requirements for COVID vaccination, testing, masking and more. Our previous alert and blogs laid out the administration’s Path out of the Pandemic, the overarching directive outlining the federal government’s vaccination plan across government and industry sectors. This includedRead More

Topics: Government Contracts, Labor and Employment

A Sea Change in Handling of Government Contractor Cyber Incident Reporting?

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In the wake of increasing cybersecurity threats and incidents, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) amended its Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) in 2015 to issue the 252.204-7012, Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting clause (DFARS clause).  The DFARS clause, which is included in all DoD solicitations and contracts, including those for acquisitionsRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements, Government Contracts

FAR Class Deviations Being Issued to Implement Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

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On September 30, 2021, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC) issued a formal Class Deviation from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to implement rollout of the President’s Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.  The CAAC Class Deviation provides for inclusion of the following clause in all covered procurements: 52.223-99 ENSURINGRead More

Topics: Claims and Disputes, Statutes and Regulations