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- Updated to add final materials, which can be accessed here. Replays of the webinar can be accessed here. Please join Morrison & Foerster Government Contracts + Public Procurement practice co-chair Alex Ward , and partner Dan Chudd for a webinar concerning what government contractors... ›
OFCCP Issues National Interest Exemption for New Coronavirus Relief Contracts
By: Andrew R. Turnbull and Victoria Dalcourt AngleOn March 17, 2020, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP” or the “Agency”) issued a National Interest Exemption memorandum providing a limited, three-month exemption to new supply and service and construction contracts entered into specifically to provide Coronavirus relief. The exemption waives... ›
COVID-19 Update: New California Order and DHS Critical Infrastructure GuidanceAs we noted in an earlier post , various states and localities are issuing rapidly evolving directives on the extent to which businesses may continue ordinary operations in their jurisdictions and which businesses are exempt from those directives (or subject to less restrictive obligations).... ›
Coronavirus Update: The Defense Production Act Is Not a Contractor’s Shield Against Local Shutdown Orders
By: W. Jay DeVecchioThe President is invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 4501 et seq. , to acquire much needed medical supplies and equipment. Meanwhile, contractors that already are performing DX or DO rated orders under the DPA are asking if the Act can... ›
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update: Evolving Local Orders that Affect Government Contractors
By: J. Alex WardAs the COVID-19 situation continues to develop day by day, and even hour by hour, many jurisdictions are issuing guidance regarding quarantines and work restrictions that may affect the operations of government contractors. In this blog, we cover updates on the situation in California,... ›
Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Employers: Leaves, Furloughs, and the Warn Act
By: Andrew R. TurnbullOn 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... ›