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The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the creation of a Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud. Relevant to the contracting and healthcare community, the task force is designed to strengthen the government's efforts to investigate and prosecute crimes of fraud committed against the U.S. Government. The task force will also focus on combating fraud against consumers, and in particular the elderly, service members and veterans.
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July 18, 2018
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The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) has issued a Final Rule to its 32 C.F.R. Part 2004 National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Directive. ISOO is part of the National Archives and Records Administration, and the NISP Directive is the overarching policy for federal agencies involved in industrial security. The new rule, issued on May 7, 2018, focuses mainly on high-level administrative issues. However, the rule also includes new policy regarding specific, operational matters.
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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General in September 2016 published an audit report regarding compliance and enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
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Amid the Trump Administration's plan to reduce China's access to U.S. intellectual property, the federal government is imposing tighter scrutiny over U.S. universities' research partnerships with Chinese entities. The move is meant to prevent technology transfers that could have national security implications.
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The potential security benefits of blockchain technology have received a great deal of media attention. The federal government has initiated several exploratory programs to study the application of blockchain to its procurement functions.
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On May 14, 2018, the General Accountability Office (GAO) issued GAO-18-407, a Report to the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives entitled, Protecting Classified Information: Defense Security Service Should Address Challenges as New Approach Is Piloted.
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June 12, 2018
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REAN Cloud LLC (REAN) entered into an Other Transaction (OT) Agreement with the Army (facilitated by DIUx) to provide prototype cloud migration services. While the prototype work was still being performed, the Army and REAN agreed (using a sole-source award) that REAN would provide follow-on production work valued up to $950 million. Oracle America, Inc. (Oracle) protested the follow-on production award to REAN.
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On May 1, 2018, the FAR Council published a final rule amending FAR 16.505(a)(10) to raise the minimum threshold for Government Accountability Office (GAO) protests of certain task and delivery order awards from $10 million to $25 million. While Section 835 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 immediately raised the threshold upon passage, this change implements the modification into the FAR.
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Most practitioners are aware that the statute of limitations under the False Claims Act (FCA) is six years after the date on which the violation is committed. 31 U.S.C. § 3731(b)(1).
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May 2, 2018
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The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General (DoD IG) recently published a nonstatistical sample of 14 Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) IT service contracts, valued at $72 million. The Report presented the IG's findings with respect to the question of whether DCMA properly awarded and administered the contracts. DoD IG found that for 11 of the 14 IT service contracts reviewed, valued at $61 million, DCMA contracting officials did not properly award the contracts.
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May 1, 2018
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Past performance information is a key indicator of an offeror’s ability to successfully perform a contract and is required to be considered by agencies when making most types of contract awards. Many small businesses, however, get their entrance into government contracting through subcontracts to prime contractors. These first-tier small business subcontractors often have a difficult time providing verifiable past performance because they are outside of the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) process that provides that information for prime contractors.
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April 30, 2018
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The latest revelations about cybersecurity breaches hit right at the core of the government contracting community. Last month the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a notice that the System for Award Management (SAM), in which all federal contractors must register, had been compromised and a number of contractors have been put at risk of having their government payments diverted by third-party fraudsters.
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On April 13, 2018, The Department of Defense (DoD) issued Class Deviation 2018-O00013, which consolidates and supersedes two prior class deviations that increased the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds and expanded non-statutory emergency acquisition flexibilities. The new Class Deviation also changes the thresholds for set-asides for small business in the Small Business Act from specified dollar amounts to the terms “micro-purchase threshold” and “simplified acquisition threshold.”
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April 19, 2018
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The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD IG) is responsible for investigating all complaints of reprisal made by DoD contractors, subcontractors, grantees, subgrantees and personal service contractors under 10 U.S.C. § 2409. These investigations are conducted by its Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations Directorate (WRI) which also investigates reprisal complaints made by members of the Armed Forces, appropriated fund (civilian) employees of DoD (including members of the intelligence community), DoD employees with access to classified information and employees who are paid by nonappropriated funds, such as military clubs, bowling centers and golf courses.
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April 18, 2018
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The GAO released its final rule implementing new regulations covering bid protests under its jurisdiction. The new regulations make changes consistent with the implementation of GAO's Electronic Protest Docketing System (EPDS) and are effective May 1, 2018.


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April 2, 2018
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The Department of Defense has taken steps to implement a portion of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91) enhancing postaward debriefing rights. Specifically, Shay Assad, Director of Defense Pricing/Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy issued a memorandum on March 22, 2018 requiring contracting officers providing a postaward debriefing in accordance with FAR 15.506(d) to provide unsuccessful offerors an opportunity to submit additional questions related to the debriefing.
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March 29, 2018
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One of the most closely monitored provisions of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Section 846, directed the General Services Administration (GSA) to create a new e-commerce portal for the sale of commercial goods. Section 846 established delayed implementation of the new e-commerce portal, which is set to occur in phases that each require distinct action items and submissions.
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Companies that receive or enter into contracts on projects financed by loans from multilateral development banks, such as the World Bank, and engage in corrupt practices face the risk of significant and potentially debilitating sanctions, including debarment. Recent high-profile debarment actions highlight that risk.
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While financial recoveries under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) continued at a fast pace last year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) started 2018 with a proverbial "bang" by issuing new internal guidance directing government lawyers to consider filing motions to dismiss FCA qui tam actions where the government declines to intervene.
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The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia recently charged a former federal executive branch official with violating post-employment restrictions. The former official is accused of violating a life-time ban imposed by the Federal conflict of interest statute (2 U.S.C. § 207(a)(1)(a)(1)) by representing a private party in the same matter in which the official had participated personally and substantially as a federal official.
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