Government Contracts & Investigations

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

So … Where Is The Money – We’ve Seen This Movie Before But The Stakes Are High

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Last year at this time, we reported on the prospect of a partial government shutdown due to Congress’s failure to enact appropriations legislation to fund all aspects of the government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. In that case, the bill was passed and life continued. This year the stakes are higher. Though Congress started early,Read More

Topics: Claims and Disputes, Government Contracts, Statutes and Regulations

Vaccinations Required for Covered Federal Contractor Employees by December 8

On September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued its hotly anticipated workplace safety guidelines as required by Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. The guidance, which is sure to spur as many questions as it answers, at a high level does the following: Defines the broad category of government contractsRead More

Topics: Government Contracts, Labor and Employment

Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors – COVID Task Force Guidance Issued and Opportunity to Comment Available

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As reported in an earlier alert and blog, on September 9, 2021, President Biden rolled out his Path Out of the Pandemic plan (the “Plan”) to combat the spread of COVID-19. Two central portions of the Plan include issuance of (1) an instruction to the Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a directive thatRead More

Topics: Government Contracts, Labor and Employment