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Human Trafficking Is Forbidden by Government Contracts. But What Is “Human Trafficking”?

FAR 52.222-50 prohibits “human trafficking.” To quote the current GEICO TV commercials, “Everybody knows that.” But do you know exactly what the FAR prohibits? The answer includes some obvious pernicious acts, but it also covers some related activities that might not necessarily jump immediately to mind. Remember, these prohibitions apply to all contractors – large … Continue Reading

SEC Awards $14 Million to Whistleblower

The SEC awarded more than $14 million to a whistleblower earlier this month in exchange for information that helped the SEC bring an enforcement action against the perpetrators of an investment fraud in less than six months after receipt of the whistleblower’s tip. [1] The award is the largest made by the SEC since the Office of … Continue Reading

Lots of Little Things – FAR Updates from the Federal Acquisition Circular

Every now and then, the FAR Councils issue a Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) – an update to the Federal Acquisition Regulation implementing a number of changes. Often these changes are rather pro forma. But occasionally, you get a Circular with many different (and interesting) issues. FAC 2005-67, issued in late-June 2013, with rules becoming effective … Continue Reading

What Does 2013 Have In Store for Government Contractors and Their Lawyers?

By Louis Victorino and Jonathan Aronie (originally published in the San Diego Business Journal) It has been noted, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In the world of Government Contracts Law, however, the more things change, the more the phone rings. And while we’re only a few weeks into 2013, the … Continue Reading

Preventing Personal Conflicts Of Interest Among Contractor Employees Performing Acquisition Support Services

By Keith Szeliga On December 2, 2011, Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 3.11 – Preventing Personal Conflicts of Interest for Contractor Employees Performing Acquisition Functions — took effect. The new Rule imposes a host of compliance obligations on contractors, including the requirement to screen for and prevent personal conflicts of interest when supporting acquisition functions. The … Continue Reading

Aiming for a Moving Target: Bad and Good News on Changing Iran Sanctions

By: Scott Maberry and Reid Whitten On November 21, 2011, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13590 expanding sanctions against non-U.S. companies doing business in Iran. Under the new rules, whole sectors of business between Iran and third countries are now subject to U.S. sanctions. Overnight, non-U.S. companies working in Iran—in sectors not previously subject … Continue Reading

New Disclosure Requirements For Companies Doing Business In California

By: John W. Chierichella In our February 2009 posting, we commented on the final rule implementing, via FAR 52.222-50 (“Combating Trafficking in Persons”), the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005. On January 1, 2012, companies doing business in California will have state-level disclosure obligations to deal with in this realm as well. That is the … Continue Reading

New Personal Conflict Of Interest Rules For Contractors

By Keith Szeliga and Christopher E. Hale On December 2, 2011, Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 3.11 – Preventing Personal Conflicts of Interest for Contractor Employees Performing Acquisition Functions – takes effect. The new Rule requires contractors to screen for and prevent personal conflicts of interest when supporting Government acquisition functions. [1] The Rule also requires contractors to … Continue Reading

Longest Prison Sentence Yet in FCPA Case

By Thaddeus McBride & Cheryl Palmeri On October 26, 2011, Joel Esquenazi was sentenced to 15 years in prison for committing and conspiring to commit both money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Esquenazi is the former president of Terra Telecommunications Corporation (“Terra”), an international telecommunications company. According to the U.S. … Continue Reading

OFAC, BIS Double Up Flow Serve: What the Flowserve Settlement Says About Corporate Compliance Programs

By Thaddeus McBride, Mark Jensen, & Corey Phelps In late September, Flowserve Corporation (“Flowserve”) and a number of its subsidiaries agreed to settle alleged export violations with the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry of Security (“BIS”) for $2.5 million, and to remit $502,408 to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control … Continue Reading

10 Social Media Must Haves for Your Company’s FAR-Mandated Compliance Program

As we discussed here last November, the United States Navy, the other military services, and the Department of Defense, have all recognized that their personnel are using social media and have responded by establishing detailed social media policies.  Similarly, there is not a shred of doubt that your company’s employees are using social media. And, just … Continue Reading

“Loose Tweets Sink Fleets” – What Government Contractors Should Include In Their Social Media Policy

By Michelle Sherman “Loose tweets sink fleets” is a new twist on a familiar saying. It is also borrowed from the Navy Command Social Media Handbook issued October 15, 2010. The Navy appreciates that social media is widely used, and that a ban on social media is not the answer. Trying to turn a blind eye to the … Continue Reading

Bidding Adieu To The “Summer of Recovery”: Changes To ARRA Buy American And Reporting Requirements

By David S. Gallacher While Vice President Biden was busy touting Summer 2010 as the “Summer of Recovery” and the economic effects of the February 2009 Stimulus Act (a.k.a. the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Recovery Act, ARRA, the Stimulus Act, etc.), the gears of the regulatory process ground steadily onward. Throughout the summer, the … Continue Reading

Amendment of Federal Sentencing Guidelines Calls for Updating of Compliance Policies

By Curtis M. Dombek and Michael W. Emmick On April 29, 2010, after a period of public comment, the United States Sentencing Commission (“USSC”) issued proposed amendments to the United States Sentencing Guidelines (“USSG”). Absent Congressional action, those amendments will take effect on November 2, 2010. One of the proposed amendments relates to USSG § 8C2.5(f), which provides … Continue Reading
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