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November 12, 2019Labor/Employment

In a Long-Anticipated Move, the Trump Administration Revokes Executive Order 13495, Giving Service Contractors More Flexibility when Hiring Predecessor Contractor Employees

On October 31, 2019, the Trump Administration revoked Executive Order 13495, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts (“EO 13495”), removing the requirement for federal service contractors to offer employment to employees of predecessor contractors. Issued by President Obama on January 30, 2009, EO 13495 required federal contractors awarded contracts covered by the McNamara-O’Hara Service ...›

November 11, 2019Compliance, Federal Procurement

DOJ Takes Aim at Collusion in Government Procurement with New Strike Force

On November 5, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of a new Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF) focused on deterring, detecting, investigating, and prosecuting antitrust crimes, especially bid-rigging, in government procurement at the federal, state, and local levels.  This follows several criminal indictments in the past year of bid rigging among government ...›

November 11, 2019Protests & Litigation

October 2019 Bid Protest Round-Up

This installment of our monthly bid protest Law360 spotlight examines three protest decisions released in October 2019.  In the first decision, Akira Technologies, Inc. v. United States, COFC No. 19-1160C (Fed. Cl. Oct. 10, 2019), the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) concluded that it does not have jurisdiction to review task order modifications.  In the ...›

November 8, 2019Announcements & Press

MoForward 2020 Recap + Materials

On Tuesday, November 5th, we held our third MoForward program at the Tysons Ritz-Carlton, a full-day program led by our Government Contracts group and our colleagues who have led the government’s and the industry’s most significant enforcement and response teams. Click here to access a PDF of the presentation slides from MoForward 2020. We hope to ...›

October 15, 2019National Security

Foreign Investment 2020 (Part 3): CFIUS Spotlight on “TID” U.S. Businesses

This is the third in our multipart series of alerts addressing proposed regulations published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2019, for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). FIRRMA directed the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”), as the chair of CFIUS, to issue ...›

Federal Procurement
October 15, 2019Announcements & Press

Sneak Peek: Full MoForward 2020 Agenda

Mark your calendars for MoFo’s third annual MoForward program, which will be held once again at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, on Tuesday, November 5. To register, please click here. Below is a full agenda for this year’s program. We hope to see you there! As always, we will be posting the full program materials ...›

October 7, 2019Protests & Litigation

September 2019 Bid-Protest Roundup

This installment of our monthly bid protest Law360 spotlight examines three protest decisions released in September 2019. The first decision, ServeFed, Inc., B-417708, September 18, 2019, 2019 CPD ¶ ___, discusses the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) task-order jurisdiction. The second decision, Far North Forestry, LLC, B-417502.2, September 25, 2019, 2019 CPD ¶ ___, focuses on agency discretion ...›

October 1, 2019National Security

Foreign Investment 2020 (Part 2): Proposed Regulations Would Expand CFIUS Review of Real Estate Transactions

This is the second in our multipart series of alerts addressing proposed regulations published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2019, for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). One of FIRRMA’s many noteworthy changes was to expand the types of ...›