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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 […]

President Trump Answers Small Business’ Prayers; Signs CARES Act with Payroll Protection Program

By on March 30, 2020 | Posted in Legislative and Regulatory Developments

As this is a fast moving topic, please note that this article is current as at 03/30/20.  On Friday March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act includes a lifeline for small businesses fighting to keep workers on the payroll during the […]

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 […]

Why Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Could be Good News for Government Contractors

By on September 4, 2018 | Posted in Bid Protests

Many politically charged issues are likely to steal the headlines during the confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  However, one issue unlikely to make headlines is the impact that Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation may have on the doctrine […]

Trump’s New Supreme Court Pick and Implications for the Davis Bacon Act

By on August 7, 2018 | Posted in Labor

Six months into Trump’s presidency, we wrote about how Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan was likely to include more federal deregulation, including possible repeal or suspension of the Davis Bacon Act (DBA).  Two months after that article, comments from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee suggested Trump had changed his […]

Contractors Take Note – Substantially Expanded List of Unverified Entities For Exporting Under EAR

Despite recent political shifts away from globalization, international trade – particularly U.S. exports – will remain a substantial component of the U.S. economy. Companies doing business in the U.S. and overseas must be up to date on U.S. export control regulations. An important component of these regulations are the Export […]

Senate’s Proposed FY2019 NDAA Includes No Major Bid Protests Reforms (Despite DoD’s Request for Legislation to Curtail Second-Bite Protests)

By on June 11, 2018 | Posted in Bid Protests

It seems like a yearly ritual.  The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (“SASC”) drafts and passes a version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) that includes reforms aimed at curtailing bid protests, while the House Armed Services Committee (“HASC”) drafts and passes a version of the NDAA that […]

SBA’s Upcoming Pilot Program for Small Business Subcontractor Past Performance Reviews – Potential Benefits for Small Business Subcontractors and Large Business Primes

Back when Congress passed the FY2017 NDAA, they included a provision (Section 1822) requiring SBA to create a pilot program to provide opportunities for qualified subcontractors to obtain past performance ratings. Specifically, Congress mandated that SBA create a 3-year pilot program whereby small business concerns without a past performance rating […]

Adam Lasky to Present at NCMA’s Webinar on “Maximizing Teaming Under SBA’s Joint Venture Rules” – April 19th

Oles Morrison partner Adam Lasky will co-present with Shene Commodore, president of Commodore Consulting, LLC during National Contract Management Association’s “Maximizing Teaming Under SBA’s Joint Venture Rules” webinar. Hear about new rules and major changes the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made to its joint venture programs. Learn: SBA’s […]

SBA to Consolidate its All-Small and 8(a) Mentor-Protege Programs?

By on April 5, 2018 | Posted in Legislative and Regulatory Developments

As we were reviewing the regulatory agendas of various federal agencies for upcoming regulations that might impact federal contractors, we noticed that the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) most recent regulatory agenda included an upcoming proposed regulation entitled “Consolidation of Mentor Protégé Programs and Other Government Contracting Amendments.”  Specifically, SBA’s […]

DoD Begins Implementation of Enhanced Post-Award Debriefing Rights

By on April 2, 2018 | Posted in Bid Protests

As we previously discussed, when Congress passed the FY 2018 NDAA it required the Department of Defense (“DoD”) to issue regulations providing for enhanced post-award debriefing rights on certain DoD procurements.  Specifically, Congress mandated enhanced content requirements, a follow-up question process, and corresponding changes to the time to file a […]

Supreme Court Denial Highlights Risk to Contractors of Rule Giving Deference to Agency’s Interpretation of Regulations

By on March 29, 2018 | Posted in Legislative and Regulatory Developments

Since at least 1945, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the unique ability of government agencies to create binding, unwritten interpretations of their own regulations. What is most troubling about this is that the agency can make or amend its regulations during the course of a contractor’s performance.  This government interpretation […]