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2017 Financial Forum Series

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Dentons’ Government Contracts practice and the Public Contracting Institute (PCI) present a monthly webinar series offering practical advice and CLE credit. Each session will take an in-depth look at topics such as cost accounting compliance, cost and pricing trends, contractor best practices and more. The current schedule of dates and topics is below.

Contractors and government practitioners alike will benefit from this informative and exciting webinar series.

 
Every second Tuesday of the month
12–1 p.m. ET

January 10: Subcontract and vendor cost allowability and related issues

February 14: Final indirect cost rate proposals: auditor focus areas, trends and best practices

March 14: Selected FAR cost principles, Part 1: compensation, legal, consulting, organization, restructuring, tangible and intangible capital asset costs

April 11: Selected FAR cost principles, Part 2: IR&D, B&P, selling, advertising, public relations costs, other business development costs

May 9: Cost estimating and truthful cost or pricing data requirements

June 13: Cost reasonableness and travel and relocation cost allowability

September 12: Managing internal investigations into accounting matters: mandatory disclosures

October 10: CAS overview and best practices

November 14: Termination cost recovery

December 12: TBD

Register now for the 2017 Financial Forum Series. All sessions are complimentary for Dentons clients.

Each webinar will provide CLE credit and will be recorded and available online.

For more information, please contact Sofia Abraham Mendoza at sofia.mendoza@dentons.com.

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2017 Financial Forum Series

2017 Cybersecurity in Government Contracts Series: Developments and Practical Steps for Compliance

 

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Join Dentons’ Government Contracts practice and the Public Contracting Institute (PCI) for the final four parts of our six-part webinar series. Presented monthly, each session will address key cybersecurity requirements for federal government contractors.

Prime and subcontractors both large and small, will gain important guidance for complying with the US government’s rapidly expanding cybersecurity requirements. The 2017 schedule and topics are below.

Taught by lawyers from Dentons’ Government Contracts practice and Privacy and Security practice, these sessions will help contractors meet their current obligations and position themselves competitively for the future.

12–1:15 p.m. ET

January 12: The DoD network penetration clause

February 9: Breach investigation and response

March 9: The National Archives and Records Administration Rule / SP 800-171

April 27: Information sharing: CISA and beyond

Register now for the 2017 Cybersecurity in Government Contracts Series. All sessions are complimentary for Dentons clients.

Each webinar will provide CLE credit and will be recorded and available online. For more information, please contact Sofia Abraham Mendoza at sofia.mendoza@dentons.com

 

2017 Cybersecurity in Government Contracts Series: Developments and Practical Steps for Compliance

Webinar Recording: 2016 Presidential and Congressional Elections: Impacts on DoD’s Technology Innovation Initiative

Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology

In case you missed our webinar “The 2016 Presidential and Congressional Elections: Impacts on DoD’s Technology Innovation Initiative” hosted by Dentons’ Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology on November 17, 2016, a recording is available here.

You might also be interested in reading an article published by National Defense Magazine and republished by Bloomberg Government, which mentions some of the salient points made during the webinar.

 

Webinar Recording: 2016 Presidential and Congressional Elections: Impacts on DoD’s Technology Innovation Initiative

Webinar: The 2016 Presidential and Congressional Elections: Impacts on DoD’s Technology Innovation Initiative

Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology

Dentons’ Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology is pleased to invite you to participate in the webinar “The 2016 Presidential and Congressional Elections: Impacts on DoD’s Technology Innovation Initiative.”

Please join us for an executive briefing that will cover:

  • The presidential and congressional election results, and leading contenders for prominent defense and national security roles in the Trump Administration
  • The defense sector and policy priorities in 2017
  • An update on Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and assessment of support for DoD’s innovation initiatives during the Trump Administration and next Congress

For more information and to register, please click here.

 

Webinar: The 2016 Presidential and Congressional Elections: Impacts on DoD’s Technology Innovation Initiative

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

Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology

 

Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology

June 9, 2016
07:30 AM – 01:30 PM PDT
Menlo Park, CA
United States

Following our successful launch of the Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology, we invite you to attend the next installment of our conference series examining the federal government’s acquisition of technology and the issues tech companies must understand in doing business with the government.

The complimentary conference will include presentations on the following timely topics:

  • Expanding Presence in Silicon Valley: DHS Office Pushing for Deeper Access to Technology Innovation from Local Tech Companies
  • The Government and IoT: Securely Knitting Together a Leviathan of Information
  • Cloud 9 or Storms Ahead?: Challenges and Solutions for Migrating Government Data to the Cloud

The program will conclude with a special luncheon program featuring a moderated discussion with Lieutenant General (Ret) Mark S. Bowman, Immediate Past Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers / Cyber, Joint Staff, J6, The Pentagon.

For more information, including a list of speakers and agenda, please click here.

This event is co-sponsored by AFCEA International

RSVP/Questions

Please contact Sofia Abraham Mendoza at +1 202 496 7316.

Silicon Valley Institute on Government and Technology

2016 Denver Government Contracts Briefing

White House

May 10, 2016
08:00 AM – 05:00 PM MDT
Denver, CO
United States

Please join us for the 2016 Denver Government Contracts Briefing, which offers an exciting and insightful program. The briefing will feature a panel discussion regarding key issues in the sale and acquisition of government contractors. We will also highlight several hot topic sessions including independent research and development; navigating recent cybersecurity developments; supply chain; GSA commercial items; export controls; 2015-2016 legislative and regulatory developments; and litigation spotlight: protecting your trade secrets and data rights and practical tips for hiring employees from competitors. As we do every year, we will also feature updates on contract performance, procurement, fraud and compliance, and cost and pricing issues.

In addition to our program, we will present a special keynote session in which our senior advisors, former Governor Howard Dean and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will join us and share their observations on the potential policy implications of the 2016 presidential election for government contractors.

The program is complimentary to our clients. CLE credit is pending. For more information and to receive an invitation, please contact Sofia Abraham Mendoza.

2016 Denver Government Contracts Briefing

Congratulations to the participants of the Dentons “Gilbert A. Cuneo” Government Contracts Moot Court Competition

Dentons’ Government Contracts practice congratulates the winners and participants of the 16th annual Dentons “Gilbert A. Cuneo” Government Contracts Moot Court Competition. On April 7, our Washington, DC office hosted the reception and awards ceremony after the competition’s final round. Named after one of our practice founders, and a pioneer in the field of government contracts as a legal practice area, this competition has become a hallmark of George Washington University Law School and is something of which we are very proud. Over the years, a number of Dentons lawyers have been participants in and winners of the annual competition. Jessica Abrahams, Dentons’ Government Contracts practice leader, together with Dana Pashkoff, one of the editors of this blog and GW Law Government Contracting Industry Advisory Board member, welcomed GW Law School students, faculty, alumni, sitting judges and government contracts practitioners. Jessica Abrahams and Katherine Veeder (a former moot court winner) delivered remarks on the history of the moot court competition and our market-leading Government Contracts practice.

2016 moot court judges and finalists

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Congratulations to the participants of the Dentons “Gilbert A. Cuneo” Government Contracts Moot Court Competition

Speaking up about DOD’s proposed Independent Research and Development costs rule

A February 8, 2016, Department of Defense (DOD) advance notice of proposed rulemaking sought input to help address agency concerns regarding substantial future Independent Research and Development (IR&D) when such effort is undertaken as a means of reducing evaluated bid prices in competitive source selections. The proposed rule, if made final, would require the government to add costs (for proposal evaluation purposes) to any contractor offers that rely on IR&D efforts. In a recent client alert, Dentons encouraged contractors to participate in the comment process on the proposed rulemaking.

Dentons partners Thomas A. Lemmer and Steven M. Masiello submitted comments on the proposed rule. Specifically, they describe the relevant decisional authority establishing the appropriate methodology for distinguishing between direct costs of contract effort versus indirect costs of IR&D effort. Based upon this relevant authority, DOD’s concerns underlying the proposed rulemaking initiative to attribute IR&D project costs to the proposed price for evaluation purposes are misplaced.

Indeed, contrary to DOD’s concerns, relevant decisional authority confirms that IR&D efforts properly permit contractors willing to undertake, at their own risk, IR&D projects, to gain a relative price and technical advantage. Moreover, DOD should not discourage innovation by penalizing contractors for conducting IR&D projects resulting in innovation relevant to a competitive government procurement. Finally, IR&D costs are not contract costs, and treating them as such for evaluation purposes during the competitive procurement process misconstrues their nature and may skew award decisions.

You can read Dentons’ comments in full here.

Additionally, Dentons lawyers advised the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law on its comments on the proposed rule, which can be found here.

Speaking up about DOD’s proposed Independent Research and Development costs rule