Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues

Digging into the Details of the Latest Buy American Executive Order for Federal Construction Contractors

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E.O. 13858 Reiterates the Need for Strict Application of Buy American Rules on Infrastructure Projects On January 31, 2019 President Trump issued his “Executive Order on Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects” (E.O. 13858). The Order is a re-assertion of and expansion upon his April 18, 2017 “Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American”Read More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Buy American Act, Construction, Contract Administration, Statutes and Regulations

DOD Increasing Oversight of Contractor Cybersecurity and Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management

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On January 21 and February 5, 2019, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Ellen Lord, issued two memoranda outlining steps that the Department of Defense (DOD) is taking to increase the scrutiny and consideration of a government contractor’s implementation of DOD cybersecurity requirements.  These memoranda make clear that the DOD is ratchetingRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues

FAA Announces Audit of Its Award Practices for Major Acquisition Program Contracts

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In order to operate, maintain, and modernize the National Airspace System (NAS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) relies on an expansive portfolio of capital assets. Acquisition plays a key role in supporting FAA’s mission to operate the NAS and modernize air traffic control through implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The NextGenRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Claims and Disputes, Statutes and Regulations

OFCCP Announces New “Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program”

On February 13, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued Directive 2019-04, “Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program (VERP).”  VERP is essentially an elective audit program and, while it may seem to have some appealing components, it is hard to imagine how the risk of participation would outweigh the rewardRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Labor and Employment, Statutes and Regulations