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DOD Issues Final DFARS Rule Implementing Increased Buy American Restrictions for Defense Procurements

Inside Government Contracts

On February 15, 2024, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued a final rule that increases the domestic content requirements for defense procurements. The new rule amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) to implement Executive Order 14005 (“EO”). The EO was intended to strengthen the requirements of the Buy American Act (“BAA”) by, among other things, directing the FAR Council to issue new rules increasing the domestic content threshold for determining whether a

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Bid Protest Minute: GAO’s Task Order Jurisdiction

GovCon & Trade

On December 21, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) dismissed a protest by ELS, an unsuccessful bidder on a Department of Defense (DOD) task order opportunity, concluding that it did not have jurisdiction to consider it. GAO reasoned that because “the value of the task order [was] below $25,000,000. it does not have jurisdiction to consider the protest.

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Top Pricing Execs to Watch in 2024

WashngtonExec

For WashingtonExec’s Top Pricing Execs to Watch in 2024, we identified the best of the best in building proper pricing models for success, bringing strategic thought leadership to each opportunity, and putting long-term growth and strategy first. Based on their accomplishments, impact on business goals and vision for the near-term future, these execs bring exactly what the GovCon community needs to empower competition and success.

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FEMA employees brought government devices abroad without authorization, including to China and Iraq, document shows

FedScoop

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Office of the Chief Information Officer has tracked scores of employees bringing government mobile devices abroad, including to countries like China and Iraq, without authorization, according to a document obtained by FedScoop. The issue was highlighted in a DHS inspector general’s report published last July that pointed to concerns about how the emergency management agency handles the security of government-issued mobile devices.

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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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Intel Unveils Altera as Standalone Entity Focused on FPGA Market; Sandra Rivera Quoted

GovCon Wire

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) has launched Altera as a standalone company focused on pursuing growth in the field programmable gate array market and delivering artificial intelligence capabilities designed to help clients facing complex technological challenges.

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December 2023 Developments Under President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order, National Cybersecurity Strategy, and AI Executive Order

Inside Government Contracts

This is the thirty-second in a series of Covington blogs on implementation of Executive Order 14028, “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity,” issued by President Biden on May 12, 2021 (the “Cyber EO”). The first blog summarized the Cyber EO’s key provisions and timelines, and the subsequent blogs described the actions taken by various government agencies to implement the Cyber EO from June 2021 through November 2023.

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Tara Martin Assumes VP of Business Development for Maritime Role at L3Harris

ExecutiveBiz

Tara Martin , formerly vice president of business development for the electro-optical sector at L3Harris Technologies , has transitioned to become VP of BD for the maritime sector at the company, she announced on LinkedIn Wednesday. Martin has been with L3Harris for over three years, initially joining as senior director of BD for the reconnaissance mission systems sector in October 2020.

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Boeing To Pay $51M To End 199 Arms Export Violation Claims

Government Contracts

The Boeing Co. will pay $51 million to resolve nearly 200 export violations that threatened U.S. national security when its foreign employees downloaded and transferred technical data in violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, with $24 million to go toward compliance efforts, the U.S. Department of State announced Thursday.

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SSC Seeks Proposals for Space & Cyber Tech Broad Agency Announcement

GovCon Wire

Space Systems Command has begun seeking concept papers for a potential five-year, $99 million broad agency announcement to develop, deliver and sustain cyber technologies designed to defend space assets from emerging threats.

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As House task force work begins, Rep. Bonamici is ‘very worried’ about AI — ‘and we all should be’

FedScoop

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici is no stranger to high-level, bipartisan tech discussions on Capitol Hill, having assisted in the negotiation and passage of the CHIPS and Science Act and co-founded the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Caucus. The Oregon Democrat’s next assignment, as a member of the new House AI task force, could be her most consequential.

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January 2024 Developments Under President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order, National Cybersecurity Strategy, and AI Executive Order

Inside Government Contracts

This is the thirty-third in a series of Covington blogs on implementation of Executive Order 14028, “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity,” issued by President Biden on May 12, 2021 (the “Cyber EO”). The first blog summarized the Cyber EO’s key provisions and timelines, and the subsequent blogs described the actions taken by various government agencies to implement the Cyber EO from June 2021 through December 2023.

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GDIT AI Exec Dave Vennergrund Discusses Power of Data Lakehouses & Meshes

ExecutiveBiz

Combining data lakes and meshes will enable government agencies to align their data assets more efficiently in compliance with the executive order on artificial intelligence, said Dave Vennergrund, vice president of AI and data insights at General Dynamics Information Technology. He discussed the significance of information lakehouses to government initiatives enabled by AI and machine learning, and how they can help the development of trustworthy and secure AI.

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Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Government Contracts

Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

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US Government Preparing 3 Key Space Contracts for Launch

GovCon Wire

The United States is in the midst of a global race to dominate the space domain, and to stay ahead, the federal government must accelerate its efforts to expand and deepen its space capabilities. U.S.

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U.S., partner countries preach open, secure and resilient principles for 6G systems

FedScoop

The U.S. and nearly a dozen other countries are calling on other governments and organizations to support and uphold shared principles concerning open, secure and resilient 6G wireless communication. In a joint statement issued Monday with Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the White House announced six principles regarding 6G: trusted technology that is protective of national security; affordability, sustainabilit

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Time to Return to Just-in-Time?

Art of Procurement

“Wisdom is given equally to everybody. The point is whether one can exercise it.” – Taiichi Ohno, The “Ten Precepts”. The post Time to Return to Just-in-Time? appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Three Black Women Whistleblowers That Broke Silence and Caused Sweeping Reforms

Whistleblower Network News

As Black History Month transitions into Women’s History Month, WNN highlights Dr. Toni Savage, Bunny Greenhouse, and Dr. Duane Bonds, whose outspoken whistleblowing activity against corruption led to significant change. Michael D. Kohn, founding partner of Kohn, Kohn, & Colapinto and the attorney who represented these whistleblowers, says they are “American heroes” and that “[their] courage led to sweeping legal reforms that will forever halt the gross abuse [they] dared to expose.

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Unpacking The New Russia Sanctions and Export Controls

Government Contracts

Although geographically broad new prohibitions the U.S., U.K. and EU issued last week are somewhat underwhelming in their efforts to target third-country facilitators of Russia sanctions evasion, companies with exposure to noncompliant jurisdictions should pay close attention to their potential impacts, say attorneys at Shearman.

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Gina Raimondo on Commerce’s Investments in Leading-Edge Logic Chip Manufacturing for AI Systems

GovCon Wire

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said artificial intelligence systems are driving the demand for leading-edge logic chips and the Department of Commerce is working to meet that demand through its investments under the CHIPS for America program as part of its implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act.

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FAA shares new commercial space hiring strategy

FedScoop

The Federal Aviation Administration is deploying a new hiring strategy to assist the agency in its oversight of the commercial space industry, a spokesperson told FedScoop. The new approach is meant to help the FAA deal with staffing challenges it faces amid scaling up its focus on commercial space operations run by companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin.

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FAR Parts and Why They Matter to Government Contractors

Redstone Government Consulting

If you have Government contracts, you probably heard of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, or FAR, but how much do you know of its parts? Why is it important to know? How could it possibly impact me?

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SEC Whistleblower Office Posts Notice for $100 Million FCPA Settlement

Whistleblower Network News

On February 29, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower posted a Notice of Covered Action (NoCA) for a $100 million settlement with global software company SAP SE over charges of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The NoCA signals that the SEC is now accepting whistleblower award claims for the case.

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7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

Government Contracts

As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

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Tackling the Data Mountain & Discovering Critical Insights With Acuity’s Gregg Melanson

GovCon Wire

Data is the key to unlocking important insights that can inform decisions on and off the battlefield. But in order to glean these insights, organizations must process and analyze vast amounts of data, which can be a significant challenge.

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FBI, DHS lack information-sharing strategies for domestic extremist threats online, GAO says

FedScoop

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s information-sharing efforts on domestic extremist threats with social media and gaming companies lack an overarching strategy, a Government Accountability Office report found , raising questions about the effectiveness of the agencies’ communications to address violent warnings online. In response to the proliferation in recent years of content on social media and gaming platforms that promote domestic violent extremism, the FBI and DHS have taken st

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DoD contractors slip the grip of new environmental regulations

Federal News Network

Another short continuing resolution is heading to President Joe Biden’s desk today for signing. Congress once again punted the deadline to come to an agreement on government spending for fiscal 2024. The Senate passed the stopgap measure 77 to 13 Thursday evening. The House cleared its version of the continuing resolution earlier Thursday afternoon, just one day ahead of the shutdown deadline.

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Director of UK’s SFO Advocates for Whistleblower Awards

Whistleblower Network News

On February 13, Nick Ephgrave QPM gave his first public speech as Director of the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office (SFO), during which he expressed a desire to pay awards to financial fraud whistleblowers in the U.K. “I think we should pay whistleblowers,” said Ephgrave. The SFO and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have historically been resistant to the idea of whistleblower awards.

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Mohawk Nation Rejects 1796 Land Agreement, Court Told

Government Contracts

The Mohawk Nation says it has numerous outstanding issues regarding a proposed settlement with the state of New York over 2,000 acres of land stemming from a 1796 treaty, arguing that its concerns have yet to be addressed or considered relevant by the court or its present counsel as negotiations continue.

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Space Force Introduces Futures Command to Bolster ‘Effectiveness’

GovCon Wire

The U.S. Space Force has announced its intention to erect a new field command: Space Futures Command. This wing of the service branch will scout, generate and assess cutting edge technologies and strategies that aid in the overall Space Force and Department of Defense missions.

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GSA working on corrective action plan for its noncompliant video-conferencing camera purchase

FedScoop

Following scrutiny from both an agency watchdog and Congress for its purchases of Chinese-made video-conference cameras that were susceptible to security vulnerabilities, the General Services Administration said Thursday that it must deliver a corrective action plan to its inspector general’s office by March 25. In a statement to FedScoop, a GSA spokesperson said the agency has put corrective actions in place and intends to provide the plan to OIG later this month.

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1 Day Virtual Event! The Essentials for Small Business Government Contracting, February 29, 2024

SmallGovCon

Whether you are a small, medium or even a large contractor seeking to team with small businesses, this course will discuss the different regulations you must follow, the different small business programs set up by the SBA, the advantages and disadvantages of the JV & Mentor Protégé programs, plus other topics of interest. This live virtual event will be hosted by Larry Allen and Nicole Pottroff and Stephanie Ellis will be joining Larry for the afternoon session.

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New U.S. Special Counsel Supports an Annual National Whistleblower Day

Whistleblower Network News

On February 27, the U.S. Senate confirmed Hampton Dellinger as the new Special Counsel heading the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC). The OSC is an independent agency that protects federal employees from prohibited personnel practices, including whistleblower retaliation. The watchdog agency also investigates whistleblower disclosures about wrongdoing in federal agencies.

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Tui v Griffiths: The Importance of Putting Your Case to Witnesses and Experts in Cross-Examination

Kluwer Arbitration

The UK Supreme Court (“UKSC”) in Tui UK Ltd v. Griffiths [2023] UKSC 48 recently considered the question whether a party must challenge a witness and expert evidence in cross-examination if it wants to have that evidence discredited or disregarded. The Supreme Court affirmed the rule in Browne v Dunn that a party must “put” its case on a particular point to a witness who has given contrary evidence so that the witness has an opportunity to “deal” with it.

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