The U.S. Government is not known for being agile or innovative.  Its procurement processes and programs are complex with legal requirements that are difficult to identify, understand and follow.  And, generally speaking, the Government has the reputation for not necessarily being interested in innovative ideas.  So, many small, agile, innovative businesses don’t ever think about…

The Story Federal Acquisition Regulations and Uniform Guidance regulations prohibit federal government agencies from purchasing certain Chinese telecommunications and video surveillance equipment. Regulations even prohibit the federal government from working with contractors who use banned Chinese telecommunications or video surveillance equipment – even if the contractor doesn’t use the equipment to perform the federal government…

The Story Federal Acquisition Regulations and Uniform Guidance regulations prohibit federal government agencies from purchasing certain Chinese telecommunications and video surveillance equipment. Regulations even prohibit the federal government from working with contractors who use banned Chinese telecommunications or video surveillance equipment – even if the contractor doesn’t use the equipment to perform the federal government…

As U.S. defense contractors know it is not always easy, prudent or in some cases even legal to sell defense products, technologies and services to the defense ministeries of other countries.  But, that does not mean a defense contractor can NEVER sell to other countries – you just need to know how to do it. …

Federal government contractors are getting hit by inflation and may be wondering – does the government even care that my costs have increased oh so very much? Short Answer: Yes. And there is even evidence that the government cares! The evidence is a Department of Defense Memo to its acquisition teams providing guidance on working…

Many Department of Defense contractors are puzzled over COVID requirements. They heard that courts struck down the Federal Acquisition Regulation requiring contractors to require their employees to be vaccinated and to get certifications around that. BUT….when DoD contractor employees go to a DoD facility to work they are still being required, at times, to complete…

At Biden’s directive, the FAR now has a COVID-19 safety protocol clause.  The new FAR clause requires, among other things, that contractors and subcontractors, implement COVID-19 safety protocols – to include a mandate to get employees vaccinated. Read on for general information on the contracts and subcontracts that will be subject to the clause and…

Given my practice area, people often ask me why people commit white-collar crimes. I ask myself this question; and, just as often, I ask myself how can I help my corporate clients mitigate the risks of committing a crime? Despite my lifelong quest to answer both these questions, I have no good answers. Unfortunately, the…

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…

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