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July 22, 2020

Interim Rule Implements Ban on Contractors Using Covered Telecommunications Products and Services from Certain China-Based Companies

On July 10, 2020, the FAR Council issued a prepublication version of  an interim rule implementing Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The interim rule prohibits…
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July 21, 2020

ASBCA Recognizes New Legal Theory Which Makes It Easier For Contractors To Win CDA Claims Against the Government: Negligent Negotiations By The Government Pre-Award Can Lead To Reformation And Equitable Adjustment After Award

In a groundbreaking decision, Appeal of Chugach Federal Solutions, Inc., ASBCA No. 61320, the ASBCA recognized that “negligent negotiations” on the part of the government during a proposal evaluation were…
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July 16, 2020

Virginia Becomes First State to Adopt Statewide Emergency Workplace Procedures Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

On July 15, 2020, Virginia adopted § 16 VAC 25-220, Emergency Temporary Standard, and Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19. The Emergency Temporary Standard, which was drafted under…
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July 9, 2020

Virginia Government Contractor Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Selling Chinese-Made Products to US Government

On July 6, 2020, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Arthur Morgan, of Lorton, Virginia, with federal wire fraud charges. Morgan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of…
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July 9, 2020

Ward & Berry PLLC Opens Office in Austin, Texas

Ward & Berry PLLC, a D.C. boutique law firm with deep experience serving government contractors and technology companies, has expanded its services to include launching an Austin, Texas office to…
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June 10, 2020

“Ready State” Reimbursement Checklist for Government Contractors

On March 27, 2020, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) issued a class deviation in response to Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), which…
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May 20, 2020

Virginia Joins Maryland and Prohibits Covenants Not to Compete for Low-Wage Employees Effective July 1, 2020

Less than a year after Maryland limited competitive restraints employers may place on low-wage employees, Virginia passed a law prohibiting non-compete clauses for low-wage employees. On April 9, 2020, Virginia…
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May 14, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Latest SBA/Treasury Guidance Creates Safe Harbor for Economic Necessity Certification for All PPP Loans Under $2 Million

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and the Department of the Treasury (“DOT”) have been collaborating on guidance for compliance with the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  But the “guidance” has been…
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May 12, 2020

How to Reduce Costs to Protesters and Streamline the Bid Protest Process Through Agency Level Protests

Most bid protests are filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) or brought before the Court of Federal Claims. However, there’s a third, often over-looked, forum to bring a bid…
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May 6, 2020

PPP: How to Comply With the “Economic Uncertainty” Certification Requirement

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS BLOG POST: On May 5, 2020 the SBA extended the safe harbor deadline by which recipients of PPP loans may payback the loan in its entirety…