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Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without (March 30)

This week’s episode covers IT modernization, tariff news, and OFCCP news, and is hosted by partner David Robbins. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without. More at Crowell & […]
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Conference Committee Drops Controversial Bid Protest Reforms from NDAA FY 17, Opting Instead for...

The conference report on the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act includes language affecting bid protests. If enacted, the bill would renew and make permanent GAO’s jurisdiction over protests of civilian agency task and delivery orders with values exceeding $10 million; and would increase the threshold for protests of DoD task and delivery orders from […]
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DOL Issues First Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave...

As detailed in our prior Advisory, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) contains two paid leave components: (i) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, which provides up to 10 days of paid sick and/or family leave related to COVID-19, and (ii) the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which provides up to an […]
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Mentor-Protégé Joint Venturing: Friend or Foe?

Companies in approved mentor-protégé relationships may form joint ventures to pursue set-aside work, even if not all the joint venture partners are small businesses or otherwise qualify for the socioeconomic status of the set-aside. However, some contractors question why they should form a joint venture when they can pursue the work in a more typical […]
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SDVOSB Programs: 2017 NDAA Sharply Curtails VA’s Authority

Language in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act will prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from issuing its own regulations governing the ownership, control, or size status of veteran-owned small businesses or service-disabled VOSBs. Instead, the Small Business Administration’s regulations will apply to VA’s verification program, as well as its own self-certification program. The bill […]
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Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without

This week’s episode covers False Claims Act items, GAO protests, and cybersecurity and is hosted by partners Peter Eyre and David Robbins. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without. […]
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Bass, Berry & Sims Attorney Outlines SBA’s Limitation on Subcontracting Rule

In a recent article, Bryan King, a federal contracts attorney with Bass, Berry & Sims, discusses the details of the Small Business Administration’s new limitation on subcontracting rule. This new rule limits the definition of a “similarly situated entity” to first-tier subcontractors. According to King, with the option to team with other similarly situated entities, […]
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Virginia Orders Statewide Closure of Recreational and Entertainment Businesses to the Public, Non-Essential Retail...

On Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Northam issued Executive Order 53 (“EO53”) ordering the statewide closure of recreational and educational businesses to the public, non-essential retail businesses, all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year, banning all gatherings of more than 10 people, and restricting Essential Retail Businesses and Professional Service Businesses to […]
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New Paid Sick Leave Requirements Impact Government Contractors

Recent legislation significantly expanded many workers’ entitlement to paid sick leave and paid family leave. These new benefits take effect on April 1st. Federal government contractors should pay particular attention to these new benefits and the way they interact with other paid sick leave requirements. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as amended by the […]
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COVID-19 Effects on Cleared Contractors

On March 30, 2020, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) published COVID-19 NISP Guidance to describe for cleared industry how DCSA will conduct...