Topic Archives: Defense

October 22, 2018Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Defense

Guidance on Securing Controlled Unclassified Information – Key Takeaways from the NIST CUI Workshop

On October 18, 2018, the National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a day-long workshop that featured experts from across the government brought in to educate industry representatives and government agency personnel about the security requirements applicable to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).  Hundreds of attendees, both in person and via webcast, turned out to ...›

Defense
September 24, 2018Compliance, Defense, Protests & Litigation

Increased Security Risks May Be a Cardinal Change

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once explained that there are the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns.  Some greeted that gnomic pronouncement with bemused smiles.  But contractors operating in a contingency environment know exactly what he was talking about.  No mere mortal can accurately predict, much less price, all of the risks involved in ...›

February 1, 2018Compliance, Defense

Millennials Outraged Over GAO Decision Upholding DoD Determination that Millennials Won’t Keep a Job

(Editor’s Note: The author of this post is millennial, though she does not admit it and we don’t hold it against her.) “Outraged” may be a tad dramatic, and the Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t actually make any determinations about millennials and their work ethic, but nevertheless millennials took center stage in the Government Accountability ...›

Cybersecurity
January 18, 2018Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Defense

Data Rights Assault: What In The H (clause) Is Going On Here? Air Force Overreaching On OMIT Data

Although the government can obtain unlimited rights in technical data necessary for “operation, maintenance, installation, or training”(OMIT), the government is precluded by law from demanding unlimited OMIT rights in detailed manufacturing and process data or in software developed at private expense.  Contractors need to be aware, however, that the Air Force is disregarding this statutory ...›

Defense

DOD Protest Reform: Initial Thoughts on the Congressionally-Mandated RAND Report

The RAND Corporation’s much-awaited report assessing bid protests of Department of Defense (DOD) procurements is out.  The report fulfills a Congressional mandate in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 to analyze a variety of issues relating to protests of DOD acquisitions.  The report appears to be thorough and well balanced and contains ...›

Defense
November 16, 2017Defense, Protests & Litigation

What Contractors Need to Know about the Proposed FY 2018 NDAA

On November 9, 2017, Congress released its conference report on the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.  The NDAA coming out of the conference committee contains numerous provisions that would affect government contractors.  Below we address five of the most significant issues for government contractors in the proposed NDAA – Bid Protests, Debriefings, the Space ...›

Defense
October 30, 2017Defense, Federal Procurement, M&A, Small Business

FY 2018 Forecasts: Items of Interest in Contracting, Small Business, and M&A

In the final post of our 2018 Fiscal Year Forecast series, Kevin Mullen and Damien Specht focus on the use of Low Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts, the mounting backlog of security clearance applications, the increased use of unorthodox contracting methods such as Other Transaction Agreements, the success of and potential fallout from the All ...›

Defense
April 6, 2017Defense

The Future of DIUx in Limbo Under Trump

The Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit Experiment (DIUx) is a government entity that can quickly bring technology innovations from commercial developers to the armed services. DIUx helps the Department of Defense access cutting-edge technology from nontradtional contractors. This post explains how DIUx is able to do that and why it might not survive the change ...›