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Save the Date October 21-22: Navigating Federal Government Contracts Northwest 2020 will be held virtually

By on September 9, 2020 | Posted in News

Save the Date: Navigating Federal Government Contracts Northwest 2020 will be held virtually over (2) half-days, October 21-22. This fourth annual seminar, co-hosted by AGC of WA, Washington PTAC, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition and Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, is designed to help you navigate the rough seas of doing business with the federal government in the “new normal.”  Join nationally recognized practitioners who will cover topics relevant to government contractors across all industries.

Howard Roth to Speak at Upcoming Webinar on Department of Defense’s (DOD) New Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

By on April 1, 2020 | Posted in Cybersecurity

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) New Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) released in early 2020, is a new tiered cybersecurity framework that all DoD contractors (both prime and subcontractors) will need to implement. The CMMC adds audits to assure compliance to one of 5  CMMC levels, depending on your contract […]

Adam Lasky to present “The Defense Production Act and Rated Orders” Webinar March 26

By on March 24, 2020 | Posted in News

The Defense Production Act (DPA) provides the federal government a means to prioritize and/or allocate critical materials, equipment and services in the private market in the interest of national defense. The power is generally exercised through the issuance of rated orders to government contractors, which come with significant additional compliance […]

How the Coronavirus Will Affect Government Contractors

By on March 10, 2020 | Posted in News

The novel corona virus, COVID-19, is continuing to spread across the United States and the federal government’s response to the virus is still developing. The global spread of COVID-19 may have a significant impact on government contractors—contract schedule and performance may be impacted by a myriad of circumstances including a strain on the supply chain, closures of military bases or other federally operated locations, and workforce reductions from those who are sick or quarantined. In this uncertain time, government contractors should prepare for the potential impacts that COVID-19 may have on their current federal contracts.

Generational Changes in DoD Cybersecurity Requirements Are Here – Are You Prepared?

By on February 17, 2020 | Posted in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is not a new concern, but its attention has grown significantly in recent years due to the increasing sophistication of persistent threats to the defense base from foreign and domestic actors alike.  By some accounts, the USG loses approximately $600 billion each year to cyber-related thefts.  These concerns have been the driver for DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) initiative as a necessary means for establishing a unified framework of systems, controls and standards to safeguard national security interests. 

The FAR Council Adopts a New Rule on Reporting Counterfeit Parts and Major or Critical Nonconforming Common Items in the Supply Chain

By on January 6, 2020 | Posted in Legislative and Regulatory Developments

After more than five years in the making, DoD, GSA, and NASA recently issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require contractors and subcontractors to report to the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) certain counterfeit or suspect counterfeit parts and “common items” with major or critical […]

President Trump Revokes Rule on Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts

By on November 26, 2019 | Posted in Bid Protests

On Halloween Day of 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13897, titled “Improving Federal Contractor Operations by Revoking Executive Order 13495.” (84 Fed. Reg. 59709 (Oct. 31, 2019)). This Order revoked, effective immediately, Executive Order 13495 on “Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts,” which was issued by President Obama. […]

GAO Says Contractors Must “Diligently Pursue” Agency Debriefing or Potentially Lose Right to Protest

By on November 8, 2019 | Posted in Bid Protests

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a decision holding that a bidder’s failure to “diligently pursue” its request for a debriefing rendered its protest untimely. GAO’s bid protest regulations are strict about the time in which a contractor can file a protest. If the protest is alleging improprieties in […]

DoD Puts Further Limits on Use of LPTA

By on October 28, 2019 | Posted in

On October 1, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule (DFARS 215.101-2-70) that implemented limitations on its ability to use the Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) method of procurement. In a LPTA procurement, a contact is awarded to the offeror with the lowest price who submitted a […]