Top Cybersecurity Considerations for Government Contractors in 2021
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- Although it was already apparent, recent events have made it even clearer that cybersecurity is an essential concern for government contractors. The coming year is poised to include many cybersecurity-related changes and developments. Below we highlight just a few: Continued Rollout of Department of... ›
December 2020/Annual Bid Protest Roundup (Law360 Spotlight)
By: Victoria Dalcourt AngleThis installment of our monthly Law360 bid protest spotlight examines four recent protest decisions from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), discusses a few key takeaways from the GAO’s annual report, and provides a year-end review of key bid protest decisions from 2020. This... ›
MoFo Law Clerk Co-Authors Contract Management Article on Sustainable Procurement
By: Markus Gerhard SpeidelMoFo law clerk Markus Speidel co-wrote an article for National Contract Management Association’s Contract Management magazine with George Washington University Law School Professor Steven Schooner. The article, titled “‘Warming Up’ to Sustainable Procurement,” discusses how the procurement community can address climate change via sustainable... ›
Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for November 2020
By: James M. Koukios and Charles E. DurossIn order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary resources. This month we ask: How will the election of Joe Biden as president... ›
Initial Thoughts on the 2021 NDAA’s Procurement Provisions
By: J. Alex Ward, W. Jay DeVecchio, James A. Tucker and Locke BellBoth houses of Congress now have voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. Although the threat of a presidential veto still hangs over the NDAA, we highlight below a few of the procurement-related provisions that likely will remain... ›
November 2020 Bid Protest Roundup (Law360 Spotlight)
By: Alissandra Young McCannThis installment of our monthly Law360 bid protest spotlight examines three protest decisions from three different forums: one from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), one from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and one from U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC).... ›
CIO-SP4 Draft RFP Implications for JV/Partnerships
By: Tyler J. Sewell, Damien C. Specht and James A. TuckerThe National Institute for Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) released its draft request for proposals (the “Draft RFP”) for the new $40 billion Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) (succeeding the popular CIO-SP3) earlier this year.... ›
A Rose by Any Other Name: Offeror Remained the Same Entity for Bidding Purposes Despite Converting From a Corporation to a Limited Liability Company
By: Damien C. Specht and James A. TuckerWe have previously addressed the challenges and legal risks of an offeror being the subject of a major transaction while it has a proposal pending for a Federal procurement. In numerous bid protest decisions, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has sketched the outlines... ›
Deadline Fast Approaching for DoD Contractors and Subcontractors to Report Cyber Compliance
By: Tina D. ReynoldsAs we previously reported, the Department of Defense (DoD) has issued an interim rule that requires all contractors and subcontractors that store, process, generate, transmit or access “covered defense information” to conduct a self- assessment of compliance with NIST SP 800-171 using the DoD... ›
New Small Business Rules: 8(a) Program
By: Damien C. Specht and Alissandra Young McCannAs we recently discussed, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has published a long-awaited rule that made important changes to numerous small business contracting programs and the rules Federal agencies must follow when contracting with small businesses. These changes went into effect on November... ›