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Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – May 2017

Our May edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of April.
Highlights this month include:

  • Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order advances his domestic preference agenda, but its impact may not be felt for months
  • Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs issues guidance for implementing 2-for-1 executive order
  • Former SECDEF Ash Carter’s flagship defense innovation initiative to continue under SECDEF Mattis and President Trump

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

To read the newsletter, please click here.

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – May 2017

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – April 2017

Our April edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of March. Highlights this month include:

  • President Trump signs resolution revoking President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces EO and implementing regulations
  • House of Representatives passes $578 billion defense appropriations bill
  • Congress’s timeline to pass appropriation bills sparks fear of another government shutdown
  • This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

    To read the newsletter, please click here.

     

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – April 2017

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update — January 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our January edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update,” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of December. Highlights this month include:

  • President Obama signed into law legislation which extends and cements whistleblower protection for certain contractor employees
  • FAR Council issues final rule amending the FAR in response to injunction of certain Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rules
  • DoD issues class deviation regarding controversial IR&D costs rule
  • FAR Council issues final rule mandating privacy training for contractor employees privy to PII

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

To read the newsletter, please click here

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update — January 2017

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update — December 2016

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We are pleased to bring you the December edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update,” a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of November. Highlights this month include:

  • Compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017 nears completion
  • FAR Council issues a final rule requiring representation of contractor greenhouse gas emission disclosures
  • BIS issues a final rule to remove arms embargoes against certain countries
  • DoD proposes a rule that would increase contractors’ evaluated bid prices by including allowable IR&D expenses

This update will also appear in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

On behalf of Dentons, we wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!

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Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update — December 2016

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – October 2016

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The October edition of  “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of September. This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

We wish to thank our readers for the positive and encouraging feedback we received last month when we launched this monthly newsletter. Our aim is to keep you up-to-date on legislative and regulatory changes relevant to government contractors, so please keep the feedback coming.

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Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – October 2016

Protecting Your IP as a Government Contractor

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Date: September 21, 2016
Time:
12:00 PM – 01:30 PM PDT
Venue:
Dentons’ San Diego office
4655 Executive Drive
Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92121
United States

Please join us for a complimentary networking lunch and presentation on intellectual property (IP) and the federal contracting process. The 90-minute lunch program will provide practical information on how companies that provide products or services to the government, as well as their investors, can best manage IP rights, from the bidding stage to project closeout and with regard to the full-range of contracts and other funding vehicles.

The program will be led by skilled Government Contracts lawyers from our offices across the nation. CLE credit is pending.

Overview of IP issues for emerging technologies: patents, copyrights, trademarks

  • Background on the IP rules in government contracts that impact emerging technologies
  • The government’s expectations regarding allocation of IP rights (patents, copyrights and trademarks) developed under government contracts
  • How to address IP in contracts, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) agreements, grants, cooperative agreements and “other transactions”

To register or for questions on the event, please email Sofia Abraham Mendoza at sofia.Mendoza@dentons.com.

Protecting Your IP as a Government Contractor

Dentons’ Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology: Protecting Your IP Program Series

Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology

Date: September 22, 2016
Time:
12:00 PM – 01:30 PM PDT
Venue:
Dentons’ Palo Alto office
1530 Page Mill Road
Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304
United States

Protecting your intellectual property: A series of monthly programs presented by our Government Contracts team

Please join us for the first installment of a new series of programs on intellectual property (IP) and the federal contracting process. These 90-minute complimentary lunch programs will provide practical information on how companies that provide products or services to the government, as well as their investors, can best manage IP rights, from the bidding stage to project closeout, and with regard to the full range of contracts and other funding vehicles.

Our kickoff program, in September, will provide a high-level overview of the issues every company needs to consider. Our second program, in October, will focus on the protection of commercial software and data rights.

Additional programs to take us through year-end (dates TBD) will include a session on noncommercial software development issues and one on effective alternatives for handling disputed rights in software and technology under federal contracts.

All programs will be led by skilled Government Contracts lawyers from our offices across the nation and will be held in an informal setting: the new Accelerator Space in Dentons’ Silicon Valley office. CLE credit is pending.

Program 1: Overview of IP issues for emerging technologies: patents, copyrights and trademarks

The program will cover the following topics:

  • Background on the IP rules in government contracts that impact emerging technologies
  • The government’s expectations regarding allocation of IP rights (patents, copyrights and trademarks) developed under government contracts
  • How to address IP in contracts, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) agreements, grants, cooperative agreements and “other transactions”

Program 2: Rights in commercial data and commercial software

Scheduled for October 20, 2016; more information to follow

  • How tech companies should navigate government rights in commercial data and commercial software
  • Practical suggestions for maximizing protection of data and software rights under various forms of government agreements

To attend, please register here. For questions about the program series, please contact Sofia Abraham Mendoza at sofia.mendoza@dentons.com.

Dentons’ Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology: Protecting Your IP Program Series

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update

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We are pleased to offer you the inaugural issue of our newsletter, “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update.” Our aim is to keep you up-to-date on legislative and regulatory ‎changes relevant to government contractors.

For decades, we have provided a similar update to the National Contract Management Association for publication in its monthly Contract Management Magazine. Our clients have told us they find the succinctly presented information helpful, so we decided to offer the update directly to our clients and friends.

We hope that you will find it useful and welcome your feedback.

 

 

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update

DHS’ Silicon Valley office issues first Innovation OTS Award to security startup

As part of its burgeoning push to purchase emerging technology from Silicon Valley startups, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded $200,000 to a Santa Clara-based company called Pulzze Systems, Inc. for Internet of Things (IoT) security systems development. The award took less than two weeks and is the first of its kind coming out of the Silicon Valley DHS office. DHS aims to develop a foothold in Silicon Valley that will allow it to “cultivate a pipeline for non-traditional partners, folks who have typically never done business with the government, to develop solutions for our toughest homeland security challenges.” See https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/blog/2015/10/14/silicon-valley-office. The office wants to “bridge the gap between the department and the creative thinkers in Silicon Valley,” according to a statement by Reginald Brothers, DHS Undersecretary for Science and Technology. This initial award and its procedural efficiency “proves DHS can keep pace with the innovation community and is moving in the right direction to become a viable partner,” Brothers added.

Pulzze responded to the first call under the agency’s Innovation Other Transaction Solicitation (dedicated to protection technology for IoT security) and received the award as part of DHS’ deliberate effort to enhance and improve the government’s access to cutting-edge private sector technology and tech talent. DHS has developed a special program designed to utilize novel procurement authorities in helping startups do business with the federal government by implementing faster and more streamlined methods without all the traditional requirements of procurement contracts. The award process was remarkably rapid in this case. DHS issued the solicitation in December with Pulzze delivering its pitch on Feb. 1 and earning the award on Feb. 12, thereby “demonstrating [DHS’] ability to adapt to new ways of doing business,” according to the managing director of the Silicon Valley office for DHS’ Science & Technology Directorate. The Pulzze award is one of a number of DHS programs targeting early-stage companies for support where a startup otherwise could not afford to utilize traditional government contracting methods.

DHS’ Silicon Valley office issues first Innovation OTS Award to security startup

Jason Silverman to moderate free webinar on screening facts, fiction and essential ingredients in a dynamic global marketplace

On November 17, 2015, from 1 – 2:30 pm ET, our colleague Jason Silverman will moderate a panel discussing screening as a compliance tool. Screening is intended to prevent government contractors from doing business with debarred, denied, prohibited, proscribed, restricted and sanctioned entities. Adequate screening diligence means checking the appropriate lists for such entities and not transacting business with them. However, this is more complicated than many realize and carries substantial risk, including fines and penalties. Recent estimates count more than 400 lists globally.

This 90-minute webinar will focus on practical application and “how to,” and will provide answers to a variety of important and timely questions. It will conclude with 30 minutes for questions. Other panelists include Jill Williamson, Chief Compliance Officer of Liquidity Services, Jim Van Eenenaam, Deputy Director of International Trade Compliance and Empowered Official of General Atomics and Affiliated Companies, and Kay Ellis, Director of Export Compliance and Empowered Official of the University of Arizona. Register for this free and engaging webinar here.

Jason Silverman to moderate free webinar on screening facts, fiction and essential ingredients in a dynamic global marketplace