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President Biden Issues Unprecedented COVID-19 Requirements for Private Employers and Government Contractors on National...

PilieroMazza – On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration announced sweeping updates to its national strategy to combat COVID-19. The updates come less than a month after the Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and as the country continues to experience a rise in COVID-19 cases. The plan still leaves a number […]
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What is over the Horizon in Procurement Fraud, Claims and Appeals, and Bid Protests?

By David B. Robbins, Hon. Jeri K. Somers (Ret.), and Noah B. Bleicher of Jenner & Block It can be challenging in the best of times for government contractors to “see over the horizon” and plan for future risks to their business. As this fiscal year ends, COVID-19 impacts, and budgetary changes make that exercise even harder. […]
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Obtaining Relief for Delays Caused by the Government’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy

Schoonover & Moriarty – A few weeks ago, the government announced that it would impose new COVID-related requirements on onsite federal contractors. Specifically, onsite contractors must attest to their vaccination status. Those not fully vaccinated must wear mask, physically distance from others, and comply with a weekly or twice weekly testing requirement. For an onsite contractor, […]
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Biden Issues Sweeping Measures, Including Vaccine or Test Mandate, as Part of New COVID-19...

Miles & Stockbridge – On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a sweeping six-pronged plan aimed at addressing the nation’s most recent surge of coronavirus cases fueled by the formidable delta variant. As part of that plan, Biden declared expansive measures, including vaccine mandates that are projected to impact over eighty-million employees in private sector […]
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Biden Announces Vaccine Mandates For Large Employers, Federal Employees and Contractors, and Health Care...

Arent Fox – On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for a significant swath of the United States workforce. The White House announced a comprehensive, six-pronged plan to combat COVID-19 variants while protecting the economy and keeping schools open and safe. Read the full post at Arent Fox
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Assessing Good Faith Efforts to Comply with a Small Business Subcontracting Plan

By Amy Laderberg O’Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael Samuels & Zachary Schroeder of Crowell & Moring The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published a final rule, effective September 10, 2021, that updates the Federal Acquisition Regulation to conform to two changes regarding small business subcontracting, namely […]
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Biden Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors –A Number...

Stinson – On September 9, 2021, President Biden rolled out his Path Out of the Pandemic plan to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Plan contains a number of moving parts and coverage that remains to be finalized. Of note to government contractors, the Plan includes (1) an instruction to OSHA to issue a directive […]
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Small Businesses, DoD Wants to Hear From You

Schoonover & Moriarty – It’s no secret that Uncle Sam is the world’s single largest purchaser of goods and services. And the Department of Defense purchases the most, among federal agencies. DoD is, in other words, the Big Kahuna among federal purchasers.Though small businesses play a vital part in DoD’s purchasing regime, small business contractors […]
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Biden Mandates Vaccines for Federal Contractors, Signals Coming Mandates for Businesses with Over 100...

Wiley – As many anticipated, President Biden issued two Executive Orders (EOs) on Thursday evening, September 9, 2021, mandating vaccinations, one for federal employees and the other for federal contractors. The EOs direct federal agencies to: (1) implement programs requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all federal employees, with exceptions only as required by law, and (2) ensure […]
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Waivers of Minor Informalities, Meaningful Discussions, and a “Dreary Wreck” or a Procurement (August...

Morrison & Foerster – In this month’s Bid Protest Roundup, we consider three decisions released in August 2021. In the first case, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) considered and rejected a protester’s argument that an agency was required to waive or allow the offeror to correct a minor informality that the agency determined made its proposal ineligible […]
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