Government Contracts

Recommended Minimum Standards for Vendor or Developer Verification (Testing) of Software Under Executive Order (EO) 14028

Posted on October 6, 2021
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was tasked with producing guidelines on vendors’ source code testing in accordance with President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order published on May 12, 2021. NIST published these guidelines on July 7, 2021. The guidelines include “recommended minimums for verification of code by developers.” 
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Supreme Court Sides With ANCs, Allowing ANCs to Receive CARES Act Funds

Posted on June 29, 2021
The United States Supreme Court released its long-awaited opinion in the consolidated cases of Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation et al. and Alaska Native Village Corp. Association et al. v.Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation et al.* After Congress passed the CARES Act allocating $8 billion to “Tribal governments”, the dispute arosewhether...
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DOD Proposed Rule to Codify and Expand Enhanced Debriefings

Posted on June 10, 2021
On May 20, 2021, The Department of Defense published a proposed rule that codifies and expands the DOD’s enhanced debriefing program. The enhanced debriefing program was initially called for by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 and implemented by the DOD through a class deviation.  Class deviations are generally temporary authorizations...
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President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order a “Big ___ Deal” For Federal Contractors

On May 12, 2021, President Biden issued a lengthy Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (the “Executive Order”). The senior administration official providing a background press call that evening explained that the Executive Order: makes “a down payment towards modernizing our cyber defenses” reflects “a fundamental shift in our mindset – from incident...
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The DOD’s New CMMC Requirements and the False Claims Act

Recent well publicized data breaches pertaining to Department of Defense (DoD) unclassified information have caused the DoD to adopt new regulations for contractors who might be handling unclassified information for the DoD. On September 29, 2020, the DoD issued an interim rule aimed at implementing its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. There is...
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The DOD’s New CMMC Requirements and the False Claims Act

Recent well publicized data breaches pertaining to Department of Defense (DoD) unclassified information have caused the DoD to adopt new regulations for contractors who might be handling unclassified information for the DoD…
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