Is My Company’s PPP Loan “Necessary to Support Ongoing Operations?” What If I’m Wrong?
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- This post has been updated on May 6, 2020 with new safe harbor deadline for repayment of PPP loans. Given the proliferation of adverse news articles and TV pundit segments about well-funded companies that have received federal, Small Business Administration (SBA) loans under the... ›
CARES SBA Loan Eligibility and Process (UPDATED)
By: Tina D. Reynolds and Damien C. Specht(This post has been updated on May 5, 2020) The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) allows certain eligible companies and individuals to obtain loans of up to $10 million or 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs over the... ›
Department of Defense March Towards CMMC Continues
By: Tina D. ReynoldsAlthough, as of late, the coronavirus and its impact have been top of mind for government contractors and, indeed, the entire world, the Department of Defense (DoD) has continued undeterred with its planned implementation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. Below we... ›
House Passes a $484 Billion Relief Package; Treasury and the SBA Release New Guidelines for PPP Loans
By: Tina D. Reynolds and Damien C. SpechtOn Thursday, April 23, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the $484 billion relief package that passed in the Senate earlier this week. Once signed into law, the legislation will revive the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP),... ›
The Data Rights Black Hole: DOD Lobbies Congress to Eliminate Proprietary Rights in Your Most Valuable Trade Secrets — Your Detailed Manufacturing and Process Data
By: W. Jay DeVecchioA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) and industry came together after more than seven years of discussions and created a rational, logical, and fair constellation of regulations and laws governing the DOD’s and contractors’ rights... ›
Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2020
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 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... ›