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New Employee Notification Requirements For Federal Contractors And Subcontractors

By Sheldon M. Kline, Karin Hunter Johnson, and Ashley T. Hirano Executive Order 13496 requires federal contractors and subcontractors to inform employees of their rights under federal labor laws. The Executive Order was signed at the end of 2009 and the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final regulation implementing the Executive Order on May 20, 2010. The … Continue Reading

Proposed FAR Rule Places Greater Responsibility on Contractors to Eliminate Personal Conflicts of Interest

Under the terms of a proposed FAR rule issued November 13, contractors that perform systems engineering and technical assistance ("SETA") type work for Government agencies soon will face enhanced obligations to prevent personal conflicts of interest on the part of their employees. The proposed rule applies to all contractors with covered employees who perform acquisition functions … Continue Reading

New FAR Rule Seeks to Curtail Reach of “Unusual and Compelling Urgency” Justification

The Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) requires that agencies maximize the competition for goods and services and thus requires the use of full and open competition when soliciting offers and awarding government contracts. 10 U.S.C. § 2304; FAR 6.101. An agency satisfies this requirement through the use of "competitive procedures," which include procedures such as sealed bids, competitive … Continue Reading

FAR Councils Issue Interim Rule Limiting Excessive Pass-Through Charges

Based on their view that contractors who subcontract the majority of the work to subcontractors add little or no value, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (FAR Councils) issued an interim rule on October 14, 2009 that limits excessive pass-through charges by contractors and subcontractors.  See 74 Fed. Reg. 52,853 (October … Continue Reading

FAR Councils Issue Interim Rule Taking Aim at the Use of Award-Fee Contracts

On October 14, 2009, the Civilian Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulation Council issued an interim rule that limits the use of award-fee contracts, modifies how a contractor earns an award fee, and prohibits the rollover of unearned award fees. The interim rule implements § 814 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) … Continue Reading

What Exactly Is DCAA Thinking?

Recently, contractors have begun receiving formal requests for information from the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”). The purported purpose of these requests is to “[o]btain an understanding of the management control environment” of major government contractors. In pursuit of this goal, DCAA has crafted a letter that demands, among other things, the following: A list … Continue Reading

Trimming the Fat in Government Subcontracts — Recognizing What Really Needs to Be Flowed Down by the Prime

Even experienced contractors can find themselves in unfamiliar waters when delving for the first time in the world of government contracts. In many cases, the first step for a commercial company may be acting as a subcontractor (the "Subcontractor") for another company (the "Prime") that is contracting directly with the Government. Even though the Subcontractor’s contract is … Continue Reading

Guest Article – “Aerospace & Defense Technical Alert”

In a recent issue of our Blog, we reported on the new FAR requirements relating to the development and implementation of contractor ethics and compliance programs.  We are pleased in this issue to have been authorized by PriceWaterhouseCoopers to provide you with a reprint of its recent “A&D Technical Alert” relating to this issue.  The Alert, click … Continue Reading
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