National Security and Investment Act Receives Royal Assent
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- On 29 April 2021, there was a significant development in the evolving European national security landscape, when the National Security and Investment Act (the “Act”) was granted Royal Assent and passed into law in the United Kingdom. Originally published in November 2020, the Act... ›
Levels of Accountability: What Federal Contractors Should Know About Small Business Subcontracting Plans and Compliance Reviews
By: Damien C. Specht, Alissandra Young McCann and Roke IkoEvery 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
By: Miriam H. Wugmeister, Brandon L. Van Grack and Tina D. ReynoldsAfter 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... ›
Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2021
By: Charles E. Duross and James M. KoukiosIn 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: Which company resolved a foreign bribery case... ›
March 2021 Bid Protest Roundup
By: Victoria Dalcourt AngleThis past month marked the release of multiple notable bid protest decisions. On an issue of first impression, the Federal Circuit in Safeguard Base Operations  held that the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) has jurisdiction over bid protests based on the implied-in-fact contract... ›
All Is Not Forgiven: PPP Forgiveness and Credits
By: Damien C. Specht, Edward Jackson and Alissandra Young McCannOn March 23, 2021, The House Small Business, Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure held a remote hearing titled: “The Interaction Between the Paycheck Protection Program and Federal Acquisition Regulations: What It Means for Government Contractors.” The hearing focused specifically on the interplay between Paycheck... ›
Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for February 2021
By: Charles E. Duross and James M. KoukiosIn 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 UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) respond... ›
February 2021 Bid Protest Roundup (Law360 Spotlight)
By: James A. TuckerThis installment of our monthly Law360 bid protest spotlight considers: (1) a company’s successful challenge to an agency’s decision to take corrective action and reopen a competition the company had already won; (2) a Federal Circuit decision clarifying the protest timelines applicable for triggering... ›
MoForecast Podcast: Predictions on the False Claims Act (FCA)
By: J. Alex Ward, Brian K. Kidd and James M. KoukiosIn this episode of MoForecast, James Koukios speaks with Government Contracts Co-chair Alex Ward and Investigations + White Collar partner Brian Kidd about what to expect in the False Claims Act (FCA) space under the Biden Administration. Brian Kidd recently joined the firm from... ›
U.S. Navy Breached Implied-In-Fact Software License, Federal Circuit Decides in Bitmanagement
By: Locke BellThe Federal Circuit handed a substantial victory to Bitmanagement Software GMBH last week, finding the U.S. Navy had infringed the company’s copyright by installing its three-dimensional visualization software on hundreds of thousands of government computers without using license-tracking software to monitor and limit the... ›