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Chaos, Cash and COVID-19: How the Defense Industry Survived — and Thrived — During...

U.S. Air Force leaders faced a dilemma. The service needed a key raw material from Italy for one of its critical nuclear modernization programs. But in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, as industrial facilities shut down and transit between nations slowed, it was unclear how the material could reach the United States. More […]
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A Year of Pandemic Has Taught Contractors to Take Nothing for Granted

For federal contractors, the pandemic has shown just how far off course normal procedures and government relations can get pushed. Few conditions can wreck a contract and a performance rating more than a project that gets too far off schedule. For some post-pandemic world advice for preventing that, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to […]
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Senate COVID Package Includes Extension of Leave Reimbursement for Contractors

The Senate approved an amendment to its version of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan passed Saturday that would extend leave flexibilities for federal contractors. More at Government Executive
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Authorized Government Contractors Now Covered Persons Under the PREP Act

By Keeley A. McCarty of Sheppard Mullin The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently added government contractors to the list of entities eligible for immunity from liability under the Secretary’s March 17, 2020, Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (“PREP Act”) declaration.  The PREP Act protects individuals and companies from […]
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Warner, Rubio Push to Extend Contractor Pandemic Relief Authorities

The authority granted by Congress that lets agencies pay certain contractors even if they can’t work due to the pandemic is set to expire in just over a month. And while it’s unclear how much agencies are taking advantage of Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), federal acquisition […]
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Lawmakers and Professional Association Call for Extension of COVID Leave Reimbursement Provision for Contractors

CARES Act section allowing flexibility for agencies to reimburse contractors for sick or paid leave is set to expire next month. More at Government Executive
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COVID-19 Can Influence Procurement Decisions and Bid Protest Outcomes

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell – Since the outbreak of COVID-19 began in late 2019, the virus has impacted every facet of the lives of people all over the world—in the United States it has taken nearly 430,000 lives, shuttered businesses, caused workforce reductions, closed schools and offices, and changed the way that people interact with one another […]
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OMB Issues Guidance on Pandemic Federal Workplace Safety

Crowell & Moring – On January 24, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo which provides guidance to federal agencies on maintaining a safe federal workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. This memo instructs federal agencies to require face masks and social distancing in all Federal buildings, as directed by President Biden’s […]
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Watchdog Group Says COVID Spending Waste Worse than Previously Thought

As Congress was debating the latest multi-trillion-dollar package for COVID relief, no one knew the extent of waste and fraud from the last couple of trillion dollar packages. The Project on Government Oversight’s senior analyst Sean Moulton joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share what he’s been able to find out. Read the full […]
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Litigation Forecast 2021: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year

Crowell & Moring – The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming every aspect of litigation, from the evolving types of cases — and opportunities — to how the courts operate. Our Litigation Forecast 2021 explores the ways in which COVID-19 is transforming litigation, challenging both courts and counsel to adapt to changing circumstances. The Forecast examines the ways […]
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