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  • Defense Contracting

    April 2018

    GSA Unveils Plan for New Online Shopping Portal

    By Jennifer Plitsch , Susan B. Cassidy , Michael Wagner and Evan R. Sherwood
    Following instructions from Congress to create a new online shopping system leveraging existing commercial practices, the General Services Administration, in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget, has released an implementation plan to begin e-commerce purchases by 2019.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Problems Persist with Commercial Item Rule

    By Kevin T. Barnett , Bryan Byrd , Jason Workmaster and Ryan Burnette
    On Jan. 31, the Defense Department published a final rule regarding commercial item purchasing. Among other amendments, the rule modifies the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement by: formalizing a presumption of commerciality for items that the department previously treated as commercial; providing commercial treatment to items offered by nontraditional defense contractors; and prioritizing the types of information that the contracting officer can consider when determining price reasonableness in the absence of adequate competition.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Pilot Program Will Streamline Contracting

    By Ray Biagini , Herb Fenster , Sandy Hoe and Michelle Willauer
    On Jan. 9, the Defense Department issued Class Deviation 2018-O0009, designed to reduce barriers to entry for innovative entities through streamlining the awards process for research-and-development contracts.
  • Defense Department

    January 2018

    Congress Pushes Stronger ‘Buy American’ Rules

    By Jeff Bozman , Justin M. Ganderson and Sandy Hoe
    Back in November, this column reported on several developments related to President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” executive order, which set forth a policy to “maximize … use of goods, products and materials produced in the United States” through federal procurements.
  • Cybersecurity

    January 2018

    Further Guidance for New Cyber Rule

    By Susan B. Cassidy , Ashden Fein and Evan R. Sherwood
    Ahead of the Dec. 31 deadline for federal defense contractors to implement National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171, NIST released Draft Special Publication 800-171A, “Assessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information.”
  • Defense Contracting

    November 2017

    Justice Gorsuch Weighs In on Contracts

    By Herb Fenster and Andrew Guy
    When presented with ambiguous terms in a government contract, courts have debated the best way to interpret those terms. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch recently hinted at where he stands on the issue.
  • Defense Contracting

    October 2017

    Congress Grapples With Buy American Laws

    By Jeff Bozman , Justin M. Ganderson and Sandy Hoe
    Back in May, this column reported on President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” executive order, which formally announced the administration’s policy and plan to “maximize . . . use of goods, products and materials produced in the United States” through federal procurements to “support the American manufacturing and defense industrial bases.”
  • Defense Contracting

    September 2017

    The Intent of the First-to-File Rule

    By Andrew Guy , Peter Hutt II and John Sorrenti
    The first-to-file rule states that “[w]hen a person brings an action . . . no person other than the government may intervene or bring a related action based on the facts underlying the pending action.”
  • Defense Contracting

    August 2017

    Changes Coming to Defense Acquisitions

    By Julia Lippman and Jason Workmaster
    At the beginning of August, the Defense Department issued its “Report to Congress Restructuring the Department of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Organization and Chief Management Officer Organization,” which details its plan for reorganizing its acquisition regime.
  • Acquisition Programs

    July 2017

    Panel Urges Acquisition System Reform

    By Sandy Hoe and Alex Hastings
    The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act established the Section 809 Panel to address fundamental problems with how the Defense Department acquires goods and services to support its warfighters.
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