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De Minimis: Supply Chain Trifles the Law Should be Concerned With

Art of Procurement

Section 321 of the U.S. Tariff Act of 1930 contains a small provision known as ‘de minimis,’ a Latin phrase. The post De Minimis: Supply Chain Trifles the Law Should be Concerned With appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Deloitte Wins $2.4B GSA Contract to Help Address Submarine Workforce & Industrial Base Challenges

GovCon Wire

Deloitte Consulting has won a potential $2.4 billion contract from the General Services Administration to help meet the submarine workforce and industrial base requirement.

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Episode Three- Failure to Comply -Potential Consequences for Paid Tax Return Preparers and their Customers

Coleman Jackson, P.C.

LEGAL THOUGHTS – Failure to Comply-Potential Consequences for Paid Tax Return Preparers and their Customers COLEMAN JACKSON, ATTORNEY & LEGAL COUNSEL | Transcription of Legal Thoughts Posted on July 15, 2024 Topic: Tax Return Preparer Due Diligence Attorney Introduction: Welcome to Legal Thoughts my name is Coleman Jackson, and I am an attorney at Coleman […] The post Episode Three- Failure to Comply -Potential Consequences for Paid Tax Return Preparers and their Customers appeare

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Treasury group unveils guidance for financial sector on cloud adoption

FedScoop

The Treasury Department and an industry-led nonprofit on Wednesday released secure cloud adoption guidance for financial institutions, the culmination of a year-long effort that the agency’s deputy secretary called “critically important to our work on cybersecurity.” The suite of resources released by Treasury and the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council as part of the public-private Cloud Executive Steering Group is intended to address gaps called out in the department’s February 2023

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How to Create a Blueprint for Fleet Resilience

Speaker: Jeff Dickinson - President and CEO of Railgistixs Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Thought Leader

Despite the ongoing transformation of the supply chain and logistics landscape, the steadfast importance of carrier safety remains a core principle. From prioritizing preventative maintenance to optimizing fleet utilization, the fundamentals persist. If you’re overlooking and neglecting essential safety precautions today, this could result in expensive repairs and potential safety hazards in the future. 🚧 Join Jeff Dickinson for a conversation on how to mitigate risk, enforce compliance,

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What happened when the Air Force neglected its biggest plane for too long

Federal News Network

Lockheed Martin recently won a settlement worth more than $130 million in a protest with the Air Force. The company completed a contract to update the big C5 transport places with new engines. But it also had to do thousands of repairs outside the scope of the contract, and that’s where the disagreements started. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin got details from Haynes Boone procurement attorney Dan Ramish.

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When to Request a Consent to Subcontract If You Don't Qualify for a Purchasing Review

Redstone Government Consulting

Probably now. Depending on the type and dollar amount of your subcontracts, FAR 52.244-2 Subcontracts clause requires a contractor that does not have an approved purchasing system (never been reviewed or is disapproved) to obtain written consent from the Contracting Officer before subcontract award.

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SAIC’s Craig McIntire Shares Thoughts on GovCon Trends & Company Growth Strategy

ExecutiveBiz

Craig McIntire currently serves as vice president of the Department of Homeland Security Account within SAIC’s Civilian Business Group. In this role, he oversees the full spectrum of the company’s DHS portfolio, which includes a wide variety of information technology and engineering services.

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Pakistani Energy Sector Parties Challenge Arbitration Awards in the English High Court on the Grounds of ‘Serious Irregularity’

Kluwer Arbitration

When a party is not content with an arbitration award, a challenge in the domestic courts often ensues. The High Court of England and Wales (the ‘ High Court ’) often deals with this issue in challenges based on ‘serious irregularity’ in arbitration proceedings. How domestic courts approach challenges to arbitration awards is of increasing importance as foreign parties often decide to seat an arbitration in a jurisdiction that they believe will provide the greatest stability to governing the arb

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BREAKING: Judge Axes Most Of SEC's SolarWinds' Data Breach Suit

Government Contracts

A New York federal judge on Thursday delivered a heavy blow to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's case against software developer SolarWinds Corp. by dismissing substantial portions of the lawsuit, including claims that the company committed securities fraud by minimizing the severity of a state-sponsored attack on its flagship product.

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Building a Culture of Cyber Literacy

GovLoop

Improving their employees’ cybersecurity awareness has been a longtime focus of government agencies. The changing cyber threat landscape, with attacks becoming ever-more frequent and sophisticated, has put a finer point on what employees need to know. The goal now is not just cyber awareness, but cyber literacy — the ability to function safely in online environments with a clear understanding of what constitutes safe behavior.

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Peter Schumacher Named Firefly Aerospace Interim CEO

GovCon Wire

Peter Schumacher, a board member at Firefly Aerospace, has been appointed as interim CEO of the Cedar Park, Texas-based space transportation services provider.

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Kapil Wadhera: Intel Partners With Government in 5 Ways to Help Regain US Semiconductor Leadership

ExecutiveBiz

Kapil Wadhera, vice president and general manager of government engagements and business operations at Intel Foundry, said in a June 25 blog post that there are five ways that Intel is working with the U.S. government to help the U.S. regain its semiconductor leadership.

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USAID’s focus on AI and emerging technology continues with new policy release

FedScoop

The U.S. global development agency is continuing to focus on the opportunities and potential challenges raised by artificial intelligence. After USAID revealed a democracy, human rights, and governance policy Thursday, Administrator Samantha Power highlighted the need to use technology to strengthen democracy, while also remaining vigilant about the ways the same kinds of tools could be used to harm people.

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More Novel Protests May Follow OTA Jurisdiction Ruling

Government Contracts

A Court of Federal Claims decision asserting jurisdiction over certain disputes stemming from the U.S. government's authority to mimic commercial purchasing practices could open the door for more novel protests challenging the use of that authority.

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Whistleblower Receives Over $4 Million in Medical Record Fraud Settlement

Whistleblower Network News

On July 10, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Strauss Ventures LLC, doing business as The Grand Health Care System, and 12 affiliated skilled nursing facilities (collectively, the Grand) agreed to pay $21.3 million to settle accusations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing federal health care programs for therapy treatments that were unreasonable, unnecessary, unskilled or that did not occur as billed.

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Decoding National Stock Numbers (NSNs) for Federal Contracts

USFCR

Efficient procurement is essential in federal contracting. One key tool that ensures this efficiency is the National Stock Number (NSN). By understanding NSNs, businesses can streamline their procurement processes and gain a competitive edge in federal contracts. What Are National Stock Numbers (NSNs)? National Stock Numbers (NSNs) are standardized 13-digit codes used by the federal government to identify and catalog items.

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Pratt & Whitney’s F135 Engine Core Upgrade Passes Preliminary Design Review

ExecutiveBiz

RTX business Pratt & Whitney has cleared a preliminary design review of its F135 Engine Core Upgrade, which would improve the performance and durability of three F-35 aircraft variants as part of the Block 4 modernization program.

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Energy highlights roadmap for FASST AI program

FedScoop

The Department of Energy on Tuesday released an artificial intelligence roadmap focused on its Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence for Science, Security, and Technology — or FASST — program. The initiative, which is focused on national security, building the AI workforce, and advancing breakthroughs with energy and science, would help coordinate Energy’s work on advancing AI technology.

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Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Government Contracts

My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

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Air Force Unveils Research Opportunities for Next-Gen Target Tracking Architecture, Space Domain Awareness

GovCon Wire

The U.S. Air Force has issued two separate research announcements to meet the need for an artificial intelligence-based advanced tracking architecture and technologies supporting space domain awareness.

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Building a Future-Ready, High-Performance Government Workforce

FedInsider

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 | 2:00PM EDT | 1 Hour | 1 CPE The lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and political uncertainty, increasing workplace changes and new complexities are just some of the factors affecting workforce mental health and wellbeing. This poses a risk to mission readiness, because wellbeing drives individual and organizational performance.

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Baird’s John Song Weighs in on KBR Acquisition of LinQuest

ExecutiveBiz

KBR has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase LinQuest Corporation – a company focused on engineering, data analytics and digital integration – for $737 million.

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Social Security Administration transitioning long-time users to Login.gov

FedScoop

Late last week, the Social Security Administration announced that long-time users of the agency’s online account system would have to switch to Login.gov, the government-wide identity management and sign-on service created by the General Services Administration. The new requirement applies to users who created accounts for Social Security’s services, including its my Social Security benefits-management platform, before September 2021, but not those who already have a Login.gov account or those w

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Pentagon, GSA Seek 'Record-Setting' Clean Energy Projects

Government Contracts

The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. General Services Administration say they are going for "record-setting federal purchases of clean energy" in a joint statement seeking contractors who will be able to get multiple federal facilities running entirely on carbon-pollution-free power by 2030.

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OpenAI Whistleblowers File Complaint with SEC on Illegal NDAs

Whistleblower Network News

Whistleblowers from OpenAI have filed a complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging that the company is silencing employees from sharing concerns with the public and federal employees about its AI technology through its employment contracts. In a letter filed with the SEC, representation for the whistleblowers called for a federal investigation into OpenAI’s policies, demanding changes to ensure a culture of transparency and accountability as the industry races to d

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: July 15-19, 2024

SmallGovCon

Happy Friday! July sure is flying by! We’ve been very busy here at SmallGovCon with all that is happening in the federal government contracting world. We have included an extensive list of informative articles for this week in review. At the top of our week in review articles, SmallGovCon contributor Nicole Pottroff was quoted in a touching Washington Post story that we have included this week, concerning the SBA’s 8(a) Program social disadvantage narrative requirements.

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Procurement Integrity Act

Government Contract Insights

The Procurement Integrity Act (“PIA”), codified at 41 U.S.C. § 2101–2107, is intended to prevent unethical and improper competitive practices from influencing federal procurements.

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GSA calls for nominations to emerging tech-focused acquisition advisory committee

FedScoop

The General Services Administration’s Acquisition Policy Federal Advisory Committee (GAP FAC) is seeking nominations for members who have expertise in emerging technology and acquisition. In a Federal Register posting Tuesday, the GSA said the recently renewed GAP FAC will be composed of between 10 and 30 federal and non-federal members to support the group’s new focus area within artificial intelligence, cloud computing and infrastructure, machine learning, cybersecurity and other technology-re

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Ill. Judge Wants Expert Testimony Preview In Madigan Trial

Government Contracts

An Illinois federal judge said Tuesday that he needs to hear more about potential testimony from certain Chicago politics experts and a proposal to research potential jurors before he decides whether either are appropriate for former state House speaker Michael Madigan's corruption trial.

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New Paper Refutes Arguments Against Implementation of Whistleblower Awards in the U.K.

Whistleblower Network News

In the midst of a renewed debate in the U.K. around offering monetary awards to whistleblowers who report corporate crimes, a newly published paper by leading whistleblower attorney and author Stephen M. Kohn revisits and refutes prior arguments made against the implementation of whistleblower awards in the U.K. Examining 14 years of data around the whistleblower provisions of the United States’ Dodd-Frank Act, Kohn, a founding partner at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto , shows that widely-cited argu

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Comcast’s Sachin Patel On How SD-WAN & Emerging Tech Are Changing Government Agencies

GovCon Wire

Software-defined wide area networking, or SD-WAN, and other technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are reshaping the future of communications.

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Updates to the Client Guide to Construction Projects

Scottish Government Procurement

The Client Guide to Construction Projects has been updated to incorporate Construction Policy Note (CPN) 1/2024 in Chapter 17 of Handbook 1. We are pleased to announce that the directory we promised to create of public bodies’ retention policy and compliance reports is also now open and ready to receive contributions from all contracting authorities operating on the mainland and islands of Scotland.

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CIO-SP3 contracts extended through April 2025 amid issues with successor

FedScoop

The CIO-SP3 governmentwide acquisition contracts for IT services operated by the National Institutes of Health were again extended, this time for nine months, while bid protests over the embattled successor CIO-SP4 persist. In an update posted this week, NIH’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) said that CIO-SP3 and its small business counterpart would be extended through April 2025 to ensure there won’t be a break in service.

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These Firms Have the Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

Government Contracts

Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

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Whistleblower Receives $1.2 Million for Alleging Violations of FCC Rules

Whistleblower Network News

On July 12, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that telecommunications provider Armstrong Group, based in Butler, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle False Claims Act accusations. The government alleges that Armstrong Group knowingly violated the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules for the High-Cost Program and submitted improper costs to inflate the subsidies received from the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).

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VOSB Program Possibly Expanding? Congress Takes Next Step Towards VOSB Expansion

SmallGovCon

The Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Program has long held a sort of unheralded position in SBA and federal contracting. Unlike its much more expansive counterpart, the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program, the VOSB Program only allows for set asides for VOSBs for VA procurements (and even within VA SDVOSB companies are in a higher tier than VOSBs).