Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2020
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- In 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 has the COVID-19 Pandemic impacted anti-corruption... ›
SBA Overhauls the Disaster Loan Application Process in Response to the CARES Act
By: Damien C. SpechtDuring these uncertain times, small businesses have been pursuing both Paycheck Protection Program and SBA Economic Injury Disaster loans. Note, however, that Disaster loan applications submitted manually to the SBA prior to March 27 may require resubmission. After the passage of the CARES Act,... ›
Limits on a Contractor’s Ability to Recover for Unforeseen Risks in the Age of COVID-19
By: J. Alex Ward and Victoria Dalcourt AngleCommunities across the country and around the world are fighting a war against COVID‑19. This is also true – maybe even especially true – for government contractors. Responding to COVID-19 raises wartime contracting issues on the home front and abroad. As we previously observed... ›
Guidance Issued for CARES Act Relief For ContractorsIn an earlier post concerning contractor relief under the CARES Act, we noted Section 3610 as one of the provisions most likely to benefit government contractors directly because it allowed for agencies to modify contracts to reimburse contractors for costs associated with paid leave (including... ›
Congress, DoD Encourage Use of Other Transaction Authority in Response to COVID-19
By: Tina D. Reynolds, Locke Bell and Victoria Dalcourt AngleDepartment of Defense (“DoD”) acquisition chief Ellen Lord earlier this week issued a memorandum reducing internal approvals required to issue other transactions (“OTs”) for prototype projects related to the national emergency declaration for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). Under the temporary authority, granted by... ›
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COVID-19: Getting Compensated for Delays and Disruptions
By: James A. TuckerGovernment contractors continue to face disruptions from COVID-19 and the attempts to halt its spread: closures of government and contractor facilities, quarantined personnel, the inefficiencies of telework, delays and disruption in the supply chain, and uncertainty over how to apply the sometimes conflicting guidance... ›
DOD Clarifies Progress Payments DeviationIn one of its earliest moves to shore up cash flow for contractors that may be affected by the COVID-19, the DOD issued a deviation on March 20, 2020, allowed for an increase in progress‑payment rates under DOD contracts from 80 percent to 90... ›
Guidance on the EU Procurement Regime During COVID-19 Crisis
By: Alistair Maughan and Felix HelmstädterThe European Commission has issued guidance on how the EU public procurement framework can and should be used during the COVID-19 crisis. While the Commission has not relaxed any of the existing EU procurement rules, it has clearly emphasized the flexibility that already exists... ›
Newly Issued Interim Rules Update Paycheck Protection Program Loan Eligibility Considerations
By: Tina D. Reynolds and Damien C. SpechtLate Friday evening, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an Interim Final Rule on affiliation , which was posted to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan website. This interim final rule (SBA Interim Final Rule 2) supplements an earlier SBA Interim... ›