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Sustainment Issues Plague F-35’s Logistics IT Backbone

Questions remain about the replacement for the F-35’s logistics infrastructure, Autonomic Logistics Information Systems, which has been riddled with errant alerts and corrupted data transfer. More at Federal Computer Week
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Where’s the Money? Keep an Eye on the CARES Act

With the passage of the $2.3 trillion economic relief bill, things are happening at breakneck speed.

Controversy Over Safe Workplaces Rule Won’t End With Repeal

The repeal of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule won’t end the controversy over contractor disclosure requirements. Many of the rule’s provisions were stayed after a legal challenge, but some – including paycheck transparency rules – went into effect on January 1. Congress has voted to repeal the rules in their entirety, but now […]
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Protester’s Failure to Identify Proposed Employees by Security Clearance Level Communicated Lack of Understanding...

Protests challenging the agency’s evaluation of proposed staffing are denied, where the protesters failed to submit sufficient information demonstrating the experience and certifications of proposed employees, and failed to propose employees with the required security clearances for the corresponding work sites; and protest challenging the agency’s discussions as misleading is denied, where the agency pointed […]
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USAID Clarifies Accountability for Government-Furnished Mobile IT

The U.S. Agency for International Development has issued a proposed rule that would amend USAID Acquisition Regulation 752.245-70 to clarify accountability for all mobile information technology equipment provided as government-furnished property to federal contractors. Instead of requiring designation of mobile IT as accountable on a case-by-case basis, the clause is being amended to clarify that […]
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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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DoD Adds Estonia as New Qualifying Country for Certain Procurements

A final rule published today amends the DFARS to add Estonia as a qualifying country. The Secretary of Defense has signed a reciprocal defense procurement agreement with Estonia, which removes discriminatory barriers to procurements of supplies and services produced by industrial enterprises of the other country to the extent mutually beneficial and consistent with national […]
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Service and Construction Contractors Take Note: Maryland Is the Latest Jurisdiction to Pass Paid...

Last week, the Maryland legislature passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which will require all Maryland employers to provide sick and safe leave to employees. Employers with 15 or more employees will be required to allow employees to accrue at least 1 hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours […]
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Extra Work for Contractors During Coronavirus Has Stipulations

Contractors might be asked to do extra work during the coronavirus and as agency’s scramble to keep operating. Or contractors might have trouble pulling...

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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