Government Contracts & Investigations

CMMC Advisory Board – The Good News First


The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Advisory Board (CMMC AB) made a major announcement on September 16, 2020, announcing that it has trained an initial group of provisional assessors. As an earlier posting explains, the CMMC establishes cybersecurity controls for certification of government contractors from Level 1, the basic set of controls that all governmentRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

Updates on EEO-1 Reports, Non-Binary Self-Identification, and VETS-4212 Reports

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EEO-1 Reports  With September upon us, many employers are remembering the prior filing deadline for EEO-1 Reports and wondering what is happening with that obligation. The short answer is that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it will delay collecting EEO-1 Reports from covered employers until March 2021. Covered employers, including privateRead More

Topics: Labor and Employment

And Still More Guidance Comes Out on Section 889 Implementation


The saga of what is prohibited and what is covered by an exception to the National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2019, Section 889 prohibition on the use or delivery of covered telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services continues. As reported previously, the FAR rule implementing Section 889(a)(1)(B)’s prohibitions was published on July 14, 2020Read More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Statutes and Regulations

Stinson Partner Eric Whytsell Elected Secretary of the ABA Public Contract Law Section


Stinson LLP Partner Eric Whytsell was elected this August to serve as Section Secretary of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Public Contract Law Section. The secretary position is the first step on the “leadership ladder” of the Public Contract Law Section, the preeminent professional association of lawyers engaged in public contracting, including federal, state, local government contracting, researchRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues

Another (Minor) Step in the Evolution of Section 889(a)(1)(B) Obligations


In the latest development relating to the implementation of Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019, a second interim rule was issued on August 27, 2020. We previously reported on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Interim Final Rule on Section 889(a)(1)(B)’s aspects of the ban, which applies to government contractors whetherRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Statutes and Regulations