An Overview of the Defense Department’s Long-Awaited Proposed Regulations for Its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Program
- The U.S. Department of Defense released a special holiday treat for government contractors and subcontractors last week in the form of long-promised proposed regulations for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. More than two years in the making, the current iteration of the... ›
When Does the So-Called TikTok Ban Really Apply to Contractors and Their Employees?
By: Tina D. Reynolds, James A. Tucker and Locke BellIn the extensive chatter since the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (“FAR Council”) published an interim rule on the new Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.204-27, “Prohibition on a ByteDance Covered Application,” commentators have almost universally advised that if a federal contractor’s employee uses a device... ›
Challenging Unilateral Definitizations of Undefinitized Contract Actions: What Is a Claim?
By: James A. TuckerForty-five years after enactment of the Contract Disputes Act of 1978 (CDA), contractors and agencies still often struggle to identify what is and isn’t a CDA claim—a term the CDA itself does not define. Until the CDA’s administrative dispute process is complete, a contractor is... ›
Division Continues Increased Focus on Procurement Collusion, Presents Strike Force to International Enforcers
By: Lisa M. Phelan, Bonnie Lau, Eliot A. Adelson and Megan E. GerkingThe following is an excerpt from “Quarterly Cartel Catch-Up: Recent Developments in Criminal Antitrust for Busy Corporate Counsel ‒ 2nd Quarter 2020.” To read the entire newsletter, please click here. Division Continues Increased Focus on Procurement Collusion, Presents Strike Force to International Enforcers Key... ›
Who Bears the Risks of War? Federal Circuit Affirms ASBCA’s Decision That the Contractor Bore the Risk of Changes to Worksite’s Security
By: J. Alex Ward and Victoria Dalcourt AngleWe have previously written about the challenges contractors face when pursuing costs incurred because of combat zone risks. These risks, and the resulting costs, can be unpredictable and are not always compensable. In ECC Int’l Constructors, LLC , ASBCA No. 59138, 19-1 BCA ¶... ›
Contracting in the Fog of War: Recovering Costs Caused by an Epidemic
By: J. Alex Ward and Victoria Dalcourt AngleLike the rest of the nation, and indeed the whole world, contractors today are fighting a war against an invisible enemy. As we observed in a previous post , responding to COVID-19 raises wartime contracting issues on the home front and abroad. In “... ›
Update: COVID-19/Coronavirus Webinar Series: Concerns for Government Contractors (MATERIALS)
By: J. Alex WardUpdated 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... ›
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,... ›
Court of Federal Claims Marks Its Territory, Confirms CDA Jurisdiction Over Proprietary Legends
By: James A. Tucker and Locke BellThe Court of Federal Claims recently affirmed its jurisdiction to settle disputes over protective markings in Raytheon Co. v. United States. [i] In that case, Raytheon asked the Court to review a contracting officer’s demand that Raytheon replace its common proprietary, not-subject-to-release-under-FOIA [ii] marking... ›
Defective Certifications: Where to Draw the Line?
By: Caitlin A. CrujidoSomewhat surprisingly, the end of 2019 provided two decisions regarding defective certifications, including one from the Federal Circuit. The first case, Kirlin Builders, LLC , ASBCA No. 61901, reminds readers that a defective certification, as opposed to no certification at all, is a correctable... ›