Federal Procurement

GSA Seeks Input On Repeal, Replacement, and Modification of Policies and Regulations

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the GSA issued a request for comments seeking “input on acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices and guidance issued by GSA across all of its acquisition, disposal, and sales programs, that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.”  GSA issued this broad request in furtherance of Executive Order 13777, ...›

Cybersecurity
June 1, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

MoFo and ACC Seminar: Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government Contracting

On June 14, 2017, Morrison & Foerster partners Jay DeVecchio and Tina Reynolds will participate in a Government Contractors Forum Boot Camp on Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government Contracting sponsored by Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region. Their panel will provide practice pointers and practical considerations for contractors that offer their software ...›

Small Business
May 31, 2017M&A

MoFo Webinar: Contractor M&A – Assessing Transactions Involving Companies with Sensitive Customers

On June 6, 2017 at 1-2PM EST, Morrison & Foerster partner Rick Vacura and associate Charles Capito will present a Federal Publications webinar, “Contractor M&A – Assessing Transactions Involving Companies with Sensitive Customers.” Rick and Charles will provide a brief overview on the basics of government contracts due diligence, but will focus on complications that ...›

Federal Procurement
May 31, 2017Federal Procurement

ASBCA Throws DCAA Another Brushback Pitch

In an April 2017 decision, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) once again rejected the position of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) that a cost or type of cost for which allowability depends on the circumstances or Contracting Officer discretion can nonetheless be “expressly unallowable” and subject to penalties under FAR 42.709-1(a).  ...›

Protests and Litigation
May 25, 2017Protests & Litigation

MoFo Webinar: Bid Protests – From Soup to Nuts

On May 30, 2017, 1-2PM EST, Morrison & Foerster partner Dan Chudd and associate Jim Tucker will present a Federal Publications webinar, “Bid Protests – From Soup to Nuts”. The webinar will cover bid protests from start to finish, with a focus on tips for how to litigate bid protests and suggestions on when to ...›

FCA
May 25, 2017False Claims Act

Protecting Privilege In FCA Cases From Start To Finish

The False Claims Act has been a hot area of litigation for years, and current statistics signal that this trend will not end any time soon. With lucrative rewards for whistleblowers and the possibility of treble damages and steep penalties, companies cannot risk failing to thoroughly investigate False Claims Act allegations. In doing so, however, ...›

Federal Procurement
May 24, 2017Acquisition Regulations

DOD’s Prototype OTA Guide Offers Insight Into DOD’s Experiment In Regulation-Free Acquisition

In January 2017, the Department of Defense issued updated guidance for acquisition officials entering into and managing what are known as other transaction agreements (OTAs) for prototyping projects. As a general rule, OTAs are not considered procurement contracts, grants or cooperative agreements, but something else; and they are not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, ...›

Cybersecurity
May 23, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

The ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack could have been prevented. Here’s what businesses need to know.

By now everyone has heard about last week’s unprecedented cyber attack, in which a piece of ransomware known as “WannaCry” wreaked havoc across the world, impacting more than 150 countries and crippling hundreds of organizations—from global businesses to government entities and even Britain’s National Health Service. As the attack made abundantly clear, the public and ...›