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The Sovereign Acts Doctrine: Understanding COVID-19 Implications for Your Government Contract

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced significant uncertainty for government contractors as agencies prepare for substantial disruptions, including the potential closure of military installations. Given the potential impacts the pandemic may have on ongoing contracting activities, we have identified a few best practices for contractors to bear in mind as the ongoing crisis persists: Get smart […]
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Dealing with Contract Alterations and Modifications Due to COVID-19

There are many questions facing contractors during this time of upheaval from the coronavirus and the impact on the federal government’s role buying from federal contractors. We’ll try to address as many of them as we can through our COVID-19 Contractors’ Toolkit. One of the biggest questions is what can be done if the government […]
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DOD Issues Guidance on Managing Defense Contracts During COVID-19

On the heels of the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance encouraging agencies to consider requests for equitable adjustment (REAs) for increased costs related to COVID-19, the Department of Defense issued a similar memorandum for defense agencies. The memo outlines three ways defense agencies can work with contractors during this challenging time: Delays related to […]
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Raising the Roofs . . . and Floors: Acquisition Thresholds in the Time of...

As many contractors have heard, the President declared a state of emergency under the Stafford Act. What will this mean for acquisitions conducted while the COVID-19 emergency continues? In this post, I’ll dig into some contractor-specific effects of that declaration: modifying the micro-purchase, simplified acquisition, and commercial purchase acquisition thresholds. More at SmallGovCon
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Contractors Should Prepare for DPAS Rated Orders Due to COVID-19

The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) is used to prioritize national defense-related contracts and orders throughout the U.S. supply chain in order to support military, energy, homeland security, emergency preparedness, and critical infrastructure requirements. DPAS authorizes the federal government to require preferential acceptance and performance of contracts or orders—other than contracts of employment—that support […]
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Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Authorities

In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, some in Congress have suggested using the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as...

DoD and Congress Using Incentives, Extra Funds and Other Policies to Keep Defense Companies...

The Defense Department is using incentives, increased cost reimbursement and other policies to keep defense industries at work and afloat as the coronavirus continues...

COVID-19: F-35 Testing Suspended; Edwards AFB Flight Tests Halted

The final testing of the crucial Joint Simulation Environment, as well as all cyber testing, for the F-35 program has been suspended because of...

The Lawfare Podcast Bonus Edition: How the State Department and the Defense Department are...

This edition of the Lawfare Podcast combines two conversations about about how the Department of State and the Department of Defense are responding to...

Pending Federal Contract Proposals and COVID-19

Blank Rome - Contractors that have submitted final proposals and are awaiting award on negotiated procurements may find themselves in an unusual position these...
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