Government Contracts & Investigations

U.S. Government Issues Alert Regarding Critical Windows 10 Update – Are You Entitled To Compensation?

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Earlier this month, the National Security Agency (NSA) discovered a serious security flaw in Microsoft Windows 10 cryptographic functionality, CVE-2020-0601.That security flaw could render trust certifications used to authenticate sources in communications and files vulnerable to spoofing or attack. As the NSA Cybersecurity Advisory notes, “[e]xploitation of the vulnerability allows attackers to defeat trusted networkRead More

Topics: Claims and Disputes, Contract Administration, Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

Don’t Rely on a Procuring Agency to Track Down Past Performance Questionnaires

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Given how much emphasis federal procurement law properly places on fairness, it can be easy to assume that government buyers must do everything necessary to ensure a fair procurement. But that’s not always the case. For example, as the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Yulista Tactical Services LLC, B-417317.3; B-417317.5; B-417317.6 (January 15,Read More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

NIST Privacy Framework Version 1.0 Issued

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On January 16, 2020, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its NIST Privacy Framework Version 1.0 (Privacy Framework). The Privacy Framework follows the same type of structure as the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which was first issued in February 2014 (NIST Cybersecurity Framework). Specifically, NIST identifies the Privacy FrameworkRead More

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

D.C. District Court Declines to Follow Narrow, Strict Guidance on Permanent Injunctions Sought by the FTC

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The FTC has accused Surescripts, LLC (“Surescripts”) of using improper tactics to sustain its monopoly over services related to electronic prescriptions in violation of the Sherman Act. Surescripts has challenged the D.C. federal court’s subject matter jurisdiction over the matter, and further has argued that the FTC is not entitled to seek monetary relief inRead More

Topics: Antitrust