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2018 was another banner year for government contract cybersecurity requirements.  Reports separately released by OMB and MITRE suggest that risks for cyber intrusions remain as prevalent as ever, if not more so.  Accordingly, dozens of statutory, regulatory, and agency guidance memoranda on this critical subject were released in 2018 and more are expected to come in 2019, and beyond, as those measures are fleshed out for further development and implementation. One of these more significant…
To help you navigate the rough seas of doing business with the federal government in the Trump administration, we have assembled nationally recognized practitioners who will cover topics relevant to government contractors across all industries. Session topics include: The Small Business World – What’s Happened and What’s Happening? David Yang, Partner, Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP The Buy America Act and the Buy American Act—What’s the Difference and How Do They Affect Your…
Perhaps the greatest risk in a federal construction project is the risk of the unknown.  This is especially true in the case of a fixed price project where the majority of the risk is on the contractor who has agreed to do the job for a fixed price, which generally includes all known and unknown risks of performance.  This narrative, however, has some relief in that the parties understand that there will, at times, be truly unforeseeable…
The Section 809 Panel, which is tasked with developing and providing recommendations to improve and enhance the efficiency of the Department of Defense procurement system, issued the third volume of its report and recommendations Jan. 15, 2019.  Among the numerous recommendations for streamlining DoD acquisitions, several of which relate to bid protest practice, three in particular propose potentially significant changes to the DoD bid protest process, with the aim and constant challenge, of balancing the…
While domestic preference requirements in federal procurements, namely the Buy America and Buy American Acts, are not new their increased emphasis are.  As has been well publicized, a central focus of the Trump Administration has been to encourage and increase the use of domestically sourced products and materials in connection with federal procurements.  While this policy objective is relatively straightforward, the intersection and resulting nuances, between these Acts, their regulations and related trade statutes, agreements…
The partial government shutdown is now the longest running shutdown in history and there is no clear end in sight.  Some 800,000 federal employees have been affected by the shutdown.  They have either been furloughed, or even if they are working, they are going without pay.  However, although affected federal employees will get back pay after the shutdown ends, the current political landscape surrounding recovery for potentially affected federal contractors and their employees is less…
One of the more significant developments in 2018 for both small business primes and large companies with small business subcontractors was the passage of the Small Business Runway Extension Act (the “Act”), which was signed into law December 17, 2018.  The Act, in amending the Small Business Act, increases the look-back period for determining a contractor’s size status based on average annual revenues from three years to now five years.  For many services-based procurements, a…
One of the biggest differences between federal government and commercial contracting is that certain clauses may be incorporated by reference (and hence controlling) in a federal contract even if the clause was not expressly included in the contract by the parties.  In a departure from the general principle that contracts should only reflect the bargain made by the parties, and hence courts should not read provisions into a contract that are not there, federal government…
Following Escobar, the issue of materiality remains at the forefront of False Claims Act motion practice at both the pleadings and judgment stage. Escobar emphasized that the FCA materiality requirement is demanding. In the case of Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. United States Ex Rel. Jeffrey Campie, et al. the respondents, qui tam relators, learned that the United States might agree on the law, but not the merits of the claim. In Gilead Sciences, respondents…
As yet another government shutdown looms on the horizon, contractors must again prepare for the ramifications of a shutdown.  At present, the President does not look likely to sign a budget bill unless Congress includes significant appropriations for a border wall which also does not appear likely.  If no compromise is reached, parts of the government could begin to shut down as early as next week (December 21).  While industry has no control over Washington…