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The Financial Sector and Government Contractors in the Environmental Bull’s-Eye

The Biden Administration has issued a long-awaited Executive Order on climate-related financial risk. It will affect a number of business sectors, including financial institutions, insurance companies, SEC-regulated entities and government contractors, and will require a number of studies and reports to be filed by government agencies within the next 120 to 180 days. This EO […]
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NIST on Track to Clarify Bayh-Dole to Ensure High Prices Cannot Be Used as...

McCarter & English – On January 4, 2021, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published proposed rules for comment changing regulations promulgated under the Bayh-Dole Act (35 U.S.C. §§ 200-204), which allow businesses and nonprofit institutions, in most circumstances, to take title to inventions made under federally funded projects (subject inventions) and to […]
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DoD Issues Proposed Rule on Enhanced Debriefing Procedures

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman – The Department of Defense (DoD) recently issued a proposed rule to implement Section 818 of the FY18 NDAA. Under Section 818, Congress required the DoD to issue new regulations in the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) on the procedures for enhanced debriefing rules within six months. Read the full post […]
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SBA Extends the HUBZone Map Freeze to June 30, 2023

Husch Blackwell – The Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program provides federal contracting assistance for qualified small business concerns located in historically underutilized business zones in an effort to increase employment opportunities, investment, and economic development in such areas. The Small Business Administration defines HUBZones and publishes a map identifying the location of all HUBZones. Certified […]
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Government Liable For Its Continued Use of Contractor Software

By Barbara Duncombe and Erin Davis of Taft Law More and more often, the U.S. Government (USG) is entering into third-party hardware and software agreements to get access to commercially available IT tools. The more common approach is for the USG to rely on a pre-vetted, multi-award, government acquisition contract (GWAC) with a designated contractor. […]
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DoD Advances Proposed Rule on Enhanced Debriefings

Crowell & Moring – On May 20, 2021, the FAR Council issued a proposed Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) rule on post-award debriefings that largely codifies—and in a number of ways bolsters—the existing enhanced post-award debriefing rules established by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) March 22, 2018 Class Deviation on Enhanced Postaward Debriefing Rights.  […]
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Three-Pronged Approach: The NDAA Prioritizes a Pro-Domestic Procurement Policy

Arnall Golden Gregory – On January 1, 2021, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (“NDAA”) was passed by Congress and became law, following an attempted veto by former President Donald Trump. The NDAA’s primary purpose is to set the budget, expenditures, and policies of the United States Department of Defense (“DoD”), but […]
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Biden Administration Expands Cybersecurity Requirements for Government Contractors that Are Likely to Have a...

An Executive Order released by the Biden administration last month (the Cybersecurity EO) seeks to bolster the federal government’s cybersecurity defenses and resilience by imposing a variety of requirements on federal agencies and government contractors that are likely to have spillover effects in the private sector.[1] While many federal agencies and contractors already abide by […]
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HUBZone Map Frozen Until June 2023

By Suzanne Sumner and Erin Davis of Taft Law Good news for HUBZone businesses located in expiring HUBZone areas, the map will be extended from Dec. 31, 2021 to June 30, 2023 – giving these businesses an extra 18 months to determine their next steps. What’s a HUBZone? The federal government uses its immense buying […]
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Department of Defense Proposed Regulations to Consider Past Performance of Subcontractors and Joint Venture...

Outlook Law – DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 that establishes a requirement for use of the best available information regarding past performance of subcontractors and joint venture partners when awarding DoD contracts for construction […]
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