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The Trump Administration Issues Its R&D Budget Priorities for FY 2020

On July 31, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, and the Deputy Assistant to the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Michael Kratsios, jointly issued a memorandum on “FY 2020 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities.” This is an annual document, providing overall policy guidance to the federal agencies

SBA Update: Less Than 1% Minority Shareholder Interest Could Impact Eligibility for Small Business Contract Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings & Appeals (OHA) recently held that an entity may be affiliated with another entity solely because it holds a very small minority ownership interest (less than 1%) in that entity. OHA’s ruling is noteworthy because under the SBA’s rules, the employees or revenue (depending on the

Legislative and Regulatory Update on Federal Supply Chain Risk Management

The U.S. Government is renewing its focus on mitigating technological risks by regulating the supply chain for various goods and services. To achieve these goals, Congress and agencies have introduced, and in some cases enacted, legislation and regulations that direct agencies to identify, assess, and mitigate supply chain risks generally as well as prohibit agencies

Have you checked your bank account information on SAM recently?

The General Services Administration (“GSA”) recently announced that it is investigating fraudulent activity on the government contractor registration site SAM.gov. If you are a government contractor and do not already know about this development, then chances are your company was not one of a “limited number” of registered entities that GSA has identified as victims

Indictment in $40M Alleged Fraud Case Signals Increased Scrutiny of SDVOSB Government Contractors

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the federal grand indictment of an army veteran for allegedly engaging in major government program fraud by using his status as a service-disabled veteran to obtain contracts set-aside for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs), despite the fact that he did not control the management and daily operations of the company to which the contracts were awarded.

Change comes to the Defense Security Service: The Transition from e-FCL and ISFD to NISS on October 30, 2017

On October 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Security Service (DSS) will complete its transition to the National Industrial Security System (NISS). The NISS will replace two predecessor systems: the Industrial Security Facilities Database (ISFD), and the Electronic Facility Clearance System (e-FCL).

McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc.: A Stark Reminder to Government Contractors of their Cybersecurity Obligations

On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in a class action lawsuit, McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc., Civ. Action No. 15-1157 (GK) (D.D.C. 2017), which could have significant repercussions for government contractors operating information systems that house government information.

DOJ announces one of largest False Claims Act recoveries concerning U.S. Government small business programs

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $16 million settlement with Virginia-based government defense contractor, ADS Inc., to resolve allegations that ADS and its subsidiaries violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for payment under fraudulently obtained small business set-aside contracts.

“Double Dip” Effectively Approved by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Release No. 104 to Manufacturers and Release No. 180, which invalidated earlier agency releases addressing the treatment under the Medicaid drug rebate program of Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) purchases by Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities.

New E.O. Reinforces President Trump’s “Buy American” Agenda

On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the executive order “Buy American and Hire American” aimed at maximizing the federal government’s use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States. The E.O. does not attempt to change existing law, but requires agencies to increase monitoring, enforcement, and compliance with Buy American Laws while minimizing the use of waivers.

Congress Invalidates Controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations

Earlier this week, on March 6, 2017, the Senate passed a joint resolution disapproving the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule (the “Rule”), which mandated contractor reporting of labor law violations, and had earned the title of the “blacklisting” rule—as those disclosures could negatively impact a company’s ability to obtain U.S. government contracts.

House of Representatives Moves to Invalidate Controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations

In a move that likely was welcomed by Federal contractors, earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) disapproving the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule (“the Rule”) that unless overturned will, among other things, institute new disclosure requirements and standards for reporting labor law violations

EEOC Revises Contractor Pay Reporting Rule

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) revised an earlier proposed rule that would require that federal contractors report pay data. The original proposed rule, published in January 2016, expanded the content of the annual EEO-1 report, requiring contractors with more than 100 workers to provide pay data on race, ethnicity and gender, as we explained in our summary.

NSF and NASA Remind Grantee Institutions to Comply with Title IX

On January 25, the National Science Foundation issued a statement to remind the 2,000 colleges, universities, and other institutions that receive NSF funding that NSF requires its awardees to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits educational funding recipients from engaging in sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and gender violence.

NSF’s statement, which follows multiple recent reports of sexual harassment in the science community, “reiterates [NSF’s] unwavering dedication to inclusive workplaces. NSF does not tolerate sexual harassment and encourages members of the scientific community who experience such harassment to report such behavior immediately.” NSF also encouraged NSF-funded researchers and students to “hold colleagues accountable to the standards and conditions set forth in Title IX, and to inform their institutions of violations.” NSF directs people who experience or witness harassment to contact their Title IX Coordinator or NSF’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

DoD Amends its DFARS Safeguarding and Cyber Incident Reporting Requirements with a Second Interim Rule

On December 30, 2015, effective upon publication, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) published a three-page interim rule revising its earlier August 2015 interim rule on Safeguarding Covered Defense Information. 80 Fed. Reg. 81,472 (Dec. 30, 2015), available here. See our previous analysis of the original August 26 rule here. Comments on this new interim rule

Recent Updates to DFARS Cybersecurity Rule

Over the past month, there have been a number of developments affecting the new DFARS Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services interim rule (DFARS Case 2013-D018, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, available here). See our previous analysis of the rule here. On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, DoD published

New HHS OIG Work Plan Indicates Focus on Subrecipient Monitoring

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2016. The Work Plan discusses OIG’s anticipated reviews and audits of HHS programs and operations over the coming year. As is typical, the FY 2016 Work Plan includes many items of interest to recipients