Tag Archives: Department of Defense

Senate’s Bid Protest Reforms a Step Backwards for Transparency

On July 10, 2017, the U.S. Senate placed the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on its Legislative Calendar. This action means the historically must-pass legislation is now ready for amendment and debate. Just as it did last year, the Senate Armed Services Committee (“SASC”) has included two provisions focused on bid protest reform.  Given … Continue Reading

FY 2015 Ebola Federal Funding: Congressional Increases and Program Support

FY 15 Omnibus spending legislation sent to the President for signature. This past weekend, the Senate finished work on an omnibus spending bill, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (“Act”), which funds most of the federal government for the remainder of FY 15. The House of Representatives passed this legislation last week and it … Continue Reading

Opportunity for Government Contractors to Develop Ebola Countermeasures

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the worst medical outbreak of the disease in recorded history. Currently, there are no treatments or vaccines proven to be safe or effective for the Ebola virus, and investigational vaccines and treatments are only in the early stages of development. As such, the primary approach to containing the … Continue Reading

And the Government Strikes Again: New Proposed FAR Rule To Expand Reporting of Nonconforming Items

A month after the U.S. Department of Defense issued a final rule (“DoD rule”) that impacted the defense supply chain by requiring certain contractors to detect and report counterfeit electronic parts (discussed here), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) Council published a new proposed rule to greatly expand counterfeit reporting obligations.  The proposed rule sets forth … Continue Reading

Down We Go: Final Rule on Counterfeit Electronic Parts Extends Down the Supply Chain

The U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) recently issued a final rule that will significantly impact the defense supply chain.  The new rule, effective May 6, 2014, implements the provision in Section 818 of the fiscal year (FY) 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) related to the use of counterfeit electronic parts in DOD products.  Specifically, … Continue Reading

Senators Believe that Steel for DOD Should be ‘Made in America’

On Thursday, February 9, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the United States Steel and Security Act, along with Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D Minn.), Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.). The legislation would reinstate the requirement that armor steel plate purchased by the U.S. military be 100 … Continue Reading
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