Government Contracts & Investigations

Small Business Government Contractors Need to Watch Out for Increasing Criminal and False Claims Act Liability in Small Business Government Contracting Programs

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) preference programs can be vital for small businesses trying to compete in the potentially lucrative world of U.S. government contracting, but participation in these programs is not without risk.  Indeed, the programs can be fraught with peril and contain many landmines for those who do not understand and diligentlyRead More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements, Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues

Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries

Published on June 9, 2021, President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting America’s Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries is the latest Executive Order seeking to strengthen national security by improving public and private sector capabilities and practices relating to cybersecurity and supply chain risks. As explained in a previous article, the first such Executive Order addressedRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

President Expands Ban on Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies Based on Finding of Unusual and Extraordinary Threats – Actions to Address Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Continuing

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Previously we reported on President Trump’s Executive Orders banning U.S. nationals’ investment in designated Chinese companies that pose a threat to our national security under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Law360 reports that under that ban a total of 44 companies were designated as Communist Chinese Military Companies (CCMCs).  In addition, we reported onRead More

Topics: Supply Chain Risk Management

How Do You Address Solicitation Requirements and Contract Performance After CMMC Rollout?

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Understanding the requirements for compliance with the interim DFARS rule on basic assessment and compliance with Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is not a task for the faint of heart. The rule requires that you accurately report the status of your compliance with the cybersecurity requirements in National Institute of Standards and Technology Special PublicationRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

In the Wake of Colonial Pipeline Cyber Incident, President Issues Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity – What Will It Do?

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If you live on the East Coast and tried to get gasoline last week, you already know firsthand of the impacts that a cyber incident can wreck on the supply chain.  As a result of the Colonial Pipeline cyber incident, a ransomware attack that led to the six-day shutdown of a key pipeline for gasoline,Read More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy