On October 15, 2021, the FAR Council published a Federal Register Notice announcing the opening of a public comment period on potential amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation to address climate-related financial risks.
On September 9, 2021, the White House announced a series of actions intended to reduce the number of Americans who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Procurement Collusion Strike Force (“PCSF”) chalked up several more prosecutions soon after we reported its first-ever international resolution — a guilty plea from Belgium-based G4S Secure Solutions NV (“G4S”) on June 25, 2021.
On June 25, 2021, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (the “Division”) announced the first criminal antitrust prosecution and “international resolution obtained by the Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF).”
Update: This article has been updated to reflect the Federal Circuit’s affirmation of the CBCA’s Pernix Serka decision and additional developments in the Government’s ongoing COVID-19 response.
For federal contractors, the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”)1 can be a double-edged sword.
On April 27, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order (the “Order”) increasing the minimum wage for Federal Government contractors and subcontractors from $10.95 per hour to $15.00 per hour.
On March 4, 2021, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report titled “Weapon Systems Cybersecurity: Guidance Would Help DOD Programs Better Communicate Requirements to Contractors” (the “Report”).
On March 15, 2021, the District of Columbia’s new “Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020” is projected to pass Congressional review and become law.
On February 18, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced a half-million dollar settlement with BitPay, Inc. (“BitPay”), a U.S. company that processes digital currency transactions, for apparent sanctions violations involving buyers located in embargoed jurisdictions.