Government Contracts & Investigations

DoD Increases the Justification and Approval Threshold for Its Sole Source Contract Awards to 8(a) Contractors to $100 Million

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Implementing Section 823 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA FY ‘20), on July 5, 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) amended the DoD Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to increase the threshold for requiring sole source justifications of awards to Small Business Administration (SBA) certified 8(a) small disadvantaged businesses.  UnderRead More

Topics: Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues, Statutes and Regulations

OFCCP Developments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic started materially affecting contractors in March, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has continued its practice of conducting audits, providing resources and assistance, and enforcing affirmative action and non-discrimination requirements, but in different and more limited mediums. OFCCP continues to conduct audits, but in lieu of physical site visits,Read More

Topics: Labor and Employment

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 Passes Out of Committee for Consideration by Full Senate

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Preparing the defense budget is not an easy thing. Typically, the goal is to have the bills passed by the House and Senate, and then to go into conference to resolve differences and develop a single bill that can pass through both houses of Congress before the end of the current fiscal year and theRead More

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

Expeditious Crackdowns on COVID-Relief Fraud

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In the span of mere days, the Department of Justice (DOJ) arrested and charged numerous individuals from Virginia, Massachusetts, Texas, and Ohio, alleging that they fraudulently sought Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. At John F. Kennedy Airport, a Virginia couple was arrested on June 20Read More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

Cybersecurity Supply Chain Developments – What’s Next for CMMC?

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It is now June 2020. The Department of Defense (DoD) initially projected that, this month, it would issue ten pilot Requests for Information (RFIs) as part of its efforts to develop the means for its implementation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) under DoD contracts. To date we have not seen any of theRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Government Contracts, Procurement