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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 […]

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. […]

Oles Morrison presents “Navigating Federal Government Contracts Northwest 2019” on October 30

By on September 9, 2019 | Posted in News

To help you navigate the rough seas of doing business with the federal government in the Trump administration, Washington PTAC, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, AGC of Washington, and the Government Contracts team at Oles Morrison have assembled a group of nationally recognized government contracts professionals for a seminar covering topics relevant to government contractors across […]

New Buy American Act Executive Order Ups the Ante on Domestic Preferences – What Construction Contractors Should Know

By on July 24, 2019 | Posted in Buy American Act

As anticipated, the Trump Administration has continued to build on its emphasis for domestic preference requirements on projects that are subject to the Buy American Act – both for projects that are directly funded by the federal government, or pursuant to the Administration’s January 31, 2019 Executive Order, “Strengthening Buy American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects,” potentially also to projects that are indirectly funded by the government.   The Administration’s latest efforts in this area have come in the form of a July 15, 2019 Executive Order, “Maximizing Use of American-Made, Goods, Products, and Materials.”  While this most recent Executive Order on this subject contains a number of proposed changes, which will need to be implemented through regulations, it proposes two changes that may have significant ramifications for the construction industry.  This alert summarizes the key considerations for construction contractors.

The Department of Defense Will Allow Cybersecurity Costs as an Allowable Cost

By on July 22, 2019 | Posted in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity compliance has become an increasingly trending and important area for government review, especially by the Department of Defense (DoD), placing an emphasis on defense contractors and the government alike in ensuring that sensitive government data residing on nongovernment systems are protected from third party intrusion and disclosure.  Indeed, recent cases in False Claims Act litigation have demonstrated just how serious a contractor’s noncompliance with cybersecurity requirements can be.  For example, in U.S. ex rel. Markus v. Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., the court, in denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss, allowed a non-intervened qui tam complaint to proceed, where the relator alleged that the defendant’s systemic noncompliance with contractual cybersecurity standards resulted in the submission of false claims that the relator claimed warranted the imposition of treble damages that could far exceed the value of the contracts themselves.  2019 WL 2024595 (E.D. Cal. May 8, 2019).  Notably, the court held that the relator had sufficiently pled violations of the False Claims Act even though, as the defendant argued, the regulations in question had recently been issued, frequently amended, and some agency guidance could reasonably be construed as relaxing any requirements.  Id.