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- On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic. As the ripple effects from COVID-19 continue to grow, employers are increasingly facing difficult questions about how to address temporary workplace closures as well... ›
Department of Defense Adopts AI Ethical Principles to Guide Its Expanded Use of AI
By: Tina D. ReynoldsPopular science fiction is replete with examples of artificial intelligence (AI) gone awry, from HAL, the killer AI of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey , to the supercomputer bent on nuclear annihilation in WarGames , to the robot forces of 2004’s I,... ›
Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for February 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: What did several federal courts have to... ›
U.S. Government Announces New Federal Funding Opportunities Related to COVID-19
By: Tina D. ReynoldsThe Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority ( BARDA ), part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, has modified an existing broad agency announcement (BAA) through which it will award government funding... ›
February 2020 Bid Protest Roundup (Law360 Spotlight)
By: Sandeep N. NandivadaThis installment of our monthly Law360 bid protest spotlight features three noteworthy decisions from the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) concerning reprocurement contracts, timeliness rules, and discussions. Steel Point Solutions, LLC addresses the proper scope of reprocurement contracts. Vizocom provides a cautionary tale for contractors... ›
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Keep Calm, Wash Your Hands, and Know Your Rights
By: Locke BellAs the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, invades more and more of everyday life, the chance it will affect government contracts and government contractors becomes more and more likely. These effects might include workforce reductions from those out sick, travel restrictions, base closures, or telework. Indeed,... ›
MoFo Webinar: Are You Ready for CMMC? Do You Need to Be?
By: Tina D. ReynoldsPlease join Morrison & Foerster LLP, Coalfire Federal, and Grant Thornton Public Sector on Thursday, February 27 at 12PM EST for a deep dive into the key aspects of the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) process and how it will affect... ›
The Procurement Lawyer: Imputation of False Claims Act Liability to Prime Contractors
By: Sandeep N. NandivadaMorrison & Foerster Government Contracts associate Sandeep Nandivada, with assistance from law clerk David Allman*, discuss FCA liability for prime contractors in this issue of the American Bar Association’s The Procurement Lawyer publication. See below for an excerpt: The specter of the civil False... ›
The Government Contractor: Here Is How You Actually Negotiate IP Rights In Other Transactions
By: W. Jay DeVecchioAlthough there is great deal being written these days about DOD’s increasing use of Other Transactions “OTs”, no one explains how you actually negotiate OT terms and conditions, particularly the intellectual property clauses that are the most troublesome for contractors. Jay DeVecchio fixes that,... ›
Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for January 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: Which countries brought the largest coordinated foreign... ›