On January 23, 2014, the Department of Defense and General Services Administration issued a final report making recommendations for the development of cybersecurity standards in the acquisition and contracting process. The report, entitled “Improving Cybersecurity and Resilience Through Acquisition,” seeks “to recommend how cyber risk management and acquisition process in the Federal government can be… Continue Reading
On September 27, 2013, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced interim rules in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (“DFAR”) outlining enhancements to whistleblower protections for contractor employees (the “Program”). The interim rules implement Section 828 of the National Defense Authorization Act… Continue Reading
Connie N. Bertram, Co-Chair of the Government Contractor Compliance Group, was quoted in an article in the Washington Post discussing the Navy Yard shootings. Ms. Bertram reminded contractors of the obligation to notify the government of threatening and violent conduct by employees with security clearances. She also emphasized that contractors have an independent right under… Continue Reading
Last week, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) soliciting comments from federal contractors on the feasibility of incorporating cybersecurity standards into federal acquisitions rules. 78 Fed. Reg. 27,966 (May 13, 2013). Through the RFI, GSA hopes to obtain diverse stakeholder involvement prior to the implementation of any new cybersecurity framework.