Government Contracts & Investigations

DoD Rolls Out Draft Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Framework To Validate Contractor Cybersecurity Compliance


Comments Due September 25, 2019 Earlier this year, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Logistics Kevin Fahey announced that the Department of Defense (“DoD”) was working with Carnegie Mellon University and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to develop a new cybersecurity standard and certification framework for defense contractors, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (“CMMC”).Read More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

In Submitting a Bid or Proposal – Timing is Everything!


In its recent decision in Criterion Systems, Inc. v. U.S., , the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) denied protester’s pre-award protest challenging the Agency’s rejection of its late submission of a revised quote in response to a solicitation amendment and request for revised quotations. In this case, the solicitation provided that ““[f]ailure to followRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Managing Your Supply Chain Just Got Trickier: Interim FAR Rule Prohibiting Contracting for Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Goes Into Effect


Continuing threats to the supply chain pose increasing risks to our national security. The new interim Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule published on August 13, 2019, seeks to address certain of these threats by imposing new representation and reporting requirements on contractors and their subcontractors (herein “contractors”) in the new FAR 52.204-24 Representation Regarding CertainRead More

Topics: International Procurement, Sourcing Restrictions, Statutes and Regulations

Procurement Fraud Is Alive and Well—and Being Punished


The recent guilty plea of a furniture company sales executive provides a timely reminder that contractors continue to engage in procurement shenanigans–and continue to get caught. In such circumstances, crime definitely does not pay. On June 10, 2019, the Department of Justice announced that Steven Anstine of Overland Park, Kansas, pled guilty in federal DistrictRead More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

New Executive Order Seeks to Sharpen the Teeth of the Buy American Act


On July 15, 2019, President Trump signed his third Executive Order on the topic of buying American, “Executive Order on Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials.” This latest Executive Order seeks to sharpen the teeth of the Buy American Act’s rules on buying preferences to be afforded goods, products and materials that qualifyRead More

Topics: Sourcing Restrictions