There is something that the Trump and Biden Administrations agree on: Whenever possible, the Federal Government should buy American products with the goal of helping American businesses compete in strategic industries to help U.S. workers thrive. Both administrations issued EOs and rules with this goal in mind. Current Buy American Act Currently, the Buy American…

On its first day in office, the Biden Administration directed a freeze on pending regulations and directed agencies to review pending and proposed regulations to assure pending regulations are consistent the its policy goals. The freeze directed that: Federal Agencies will not propose or issue new rules until an official, designated by the President, approves…

On April 27, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay a $15.00/hour minimum wage impacting about 390,000 employees of federal contractors. Estimates project it may lead to an average pay increase for annual, hourly workers of $3,100.  Overall, the EO will result in a significant wage jump of almost a…

There are times when companies that have Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements AND that perform classified work for the U.S. federal government find themselves in a quandary because… The SEC requires companies to file financial reports in certain instances so the public has the information it needs to make decisions about investing in the…

Margaret Cassidy discusses FOCI (foreign ownership control and interest); doing business with defense and intel agencies and other general best practices for working with the federal government in this webinar, facilitated by Jennifer Schaus & Associates.

The Federal Government wants employees of contractors and subcontract and independent contractors to disclose to the government instances of fraud, waste, abuse of authority; violations of law, regulations or policies; or substantial and specific danger to public health or safety. Once someone makes a disclosure of this nature, laws and regulations protect them so they…

Nothing induces shell shock for both lawyers and business people like reading a federal government request for proposal or contract for the first time. There are a number of reasons for this: The RFP/contract goes on for pages, often in excess of 100 pages The RFP/contact is filled with government lingo The RFP/contract has pages…

This CLE webinar will guide corporate counsel, directors and officers on methods in minimizing risks associated with the outsourcing of goods and services. The panel will discuss approaches to limit exposure in service agreements, managing third-party breaches, and due diligence considerations in the outsourcing of products and services. The panel will review these and other…

My good friends and esteemed colleagues over at Law Offices of Sara Kropf, Sara Kropf and Dan Portnov, recently wrote a blog post asking the white-collar defense community whether they have encountered federal government contractors rather than government employees, prosecutors and federal agents conducting government investigations. Read the full post: Government Contractors Conducting Investigations: A…

Federal Contracting News Margaret Cassidy quoted in Bloomberg Law Federal Contracting on the Trump Administration’s plans for enforcing federal government contracting “Buy American” laws and regulations and whether the government will use the False Claims Act to enforce them. Read the article online or download the Bloomberg Law PDF here which includes my thoughts and those of others…

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