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Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – November 2017

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Our November edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of October.

Highlights this month include:

  • House passes two bills to enhance national and border security
  • Civilian agency spending reaches highest level since 2010
  • House passes two bills to help small businesses enhance their cybersecurity

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

SOURCE: Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – November 2017

FY18 NDAA conference report signals significant increase in defense spending

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On November 8, 2017, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees released a conference report detailing their compromise FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The report, which merges the bills each committee passed earlier this year, outlines the policy goals and authorization levels for defense spending contained in the NDAA. With a total topline defense budget of about $700 billion, the NDAA surpasses both President Trump’s budget request and the DoD’s initial requests. The significant boost over the FY17 NDAA is designed to improve military readiness, drive military infrastructure advances and provide critical reforms.

We discuss the new NDAA’s acquisition reform initiatives and its provisions to strengthen cybersecurity, increase the size of the Armed Forces, and modernize military infrastructure and capabilities.

SOURCE: FY18 NDAA conference report signals significant increase in defense spending

DCAA guidance clarifies cost or price analysis requirements for subcontractor proposals | Government Contracts Advisor

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The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) published a Memorandum for Regional Directors (MRD) last week that provides answers to frequently asked auditor questions regarding cost and price analyses to establish the reasonableness of proposed subcontract prices. Of particular note is the direction that DCAA auditors proceed with subcontract proposal audits even if contractor cost or price analyses are not yet available. Dentons’ Government Contracts team explains what the new guidance means for contractors and subcontractors.

Source: DCAA guidance clarifies cost or price analysis requirements for subcontractor proposals | Government Contracts Advisor

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – October 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor | Dentons

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Our October edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of September.

Highlights this month include:

  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 heads to conference
  • House passes three bills regarding DHS information-sharing rules
  • US announces new sanctions against North Korea

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Source: Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – October 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – September 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

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Our September edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of August.

Highlights this month include:

  • Government shutdown could cause disruption to contracting community
  • DoD plans to restructure its acquisition department
  • Sequester may cause significant spending cuts to DoD programs

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Source: Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – September 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – August 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor | Dentons

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Our August edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of July.

Highlights this month include:

  • House passes DoD Appropriations Act of 2018
  • BIS issues a final rule amending the EAR based on the 2016 MTCR Plenary Agreements
  • White House issues FY 2019 budget guidance to executive agencies

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Source: Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – August 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – July 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

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Our July edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of June.

Highlights this month include:

  • Department of Commerce and Office of Management and Budget issue guidance indicating continued emphasis on Buy American requirements
  • NDAA advances to the floor in the House and Senate
  • Department of Defense requests comments on streamlining of DFARS provisions

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Source: Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – July 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

ASBCA alters the definition of expressly unallowable costs, implicating penalties | Government Contracts Advisor

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The Armed Service Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”), in its recent decisions, continues to back away from its previous definition of expressly unallowable costs. This altered definition of “expressly unallowable costs” more willingly finds costs expressly unallowable, which has penalty implications.

Dentons Government Contracts team explains the recent change and how this affects contractors.

Source: ASBCA alters the definition of expressly unallowable costs, implicating penalties | Government Contracts Advisor

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – June 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

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Our June edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of May.
Highlights this month include:

  • President Trump issues executive order on strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure
  • Trump administration sends long-awaited FY18 budget request to Congress
  • Senate introduces bill aimed at reforming the process by which federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

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Source: Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – June 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – May 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

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Our May edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of April.
Highlights this month include:

  • Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order advances his domestic preference agenda, but its impact may not be felt for months
  • Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs issues guidance for implementing 2-for-1 executive order
  • Former SECDEF Ash Carter’s flagship defense innovation initiative to continue under SECDEF Mattis and President Trump

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Source: Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – May 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

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