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Morrison Foerster’s Government Contracts Insights blog provides an in-depth analysis of news, developments, and trends impacting government contracting and procurement.


Executive Order on Cybersecurity Expands Mandatory Breach Notification and Supply Chain Security Requirements for Government Contractors

On May 12, 2021, the Biden administration issued an ambitious Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO) declaring the prevention, detection, assessment, and remediation of cyber incidents to be a “top priority and essential to national and economic security.” Over 8,000 words long, …›

May 28, 2021 - Protests & Litigation

Morrison & Foerster Government Contracts Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2021 Rankings

Chambers USA again recognizes Morrison & Foerster as one of only four Band I government contracts practices in the country and highlights multiple attorneys for particular excellence in the field. Read what clients are saying about us in this year’s publication: …›

May 21, 2021 - Defense, National Security

DOD Proposes Enhanced Debriefing Regulations

Section 818 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018 NDAA) ushered in enhanced post-award debriefing requirements for covered Department of Defense (DOD) procurements. DOD formally implemented part of those requirements in 2018 in Class Deviation 2018-O0011, which required DOD …›

Data Rights: Current Developments & Pending DOD Changes

Jay DeVecchio recently published a Briefing Paper for Thomson Reuters covering recent developments in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) data rights provisions. Dissecting the DOD’s recent actions and attitudes, this article contextualizes the upcoming DOD proposal as it …›

May 7, 2021 - Protests & Litigation

APRIL 2021 BID PROTEST ROUNDUP (LAW360 SPOTLIGHT)

This installment of our monthly Law360 bid protest spotlight examines three protest decisions addressing (1) mismatches between proposed labor categories and the scope of a vendor’s underlying General Services Administration (GSA) schedule contract; (2) whether an agency improperly used an unstated evaluation criterion; and …›

April 22, 2021 - Small Business

Levels of Accountability: What Federal Contractors Should Know About Small Business Subcontracting Plans and Compliance Reviews

Every year, the U.S. federal government establishes goals for the awards of prime contracts and subcontracts to small business concerns. While agencies are responsible for achieving these goals by awarding prime contracts to small businesses, contractors that are “other than small” are obliged to …›

U.S. Government Responds to SolarWinds Hack, Seeks to Establish New Norms for Cyber Espionage

After much anticipation and hints, the U.S. Government announced a series of measures to respond to recent Russian actions against the United States, including the SolarWinds intrusion campaign. The measures underscore that companies are not in a position and should not be left to …›