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Andy leads Maynard Nexsen's Government Solutions Group. His experiences in transactional, financial, and regulatory matters include:
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On November 30, 2021, Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a preliminary injunction in Commonwealth of Kentucky et al. v. Biden et al. (Case No. 21-cv-00055) that prohibits the federal government “from enforcing the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.” This Client Alert provides a high-level overview of the decision and highlights similar challenges now pending in various U.S. District Courts throughout the country.
This Client Alert outlines the critical points for government contractors to know about the Biden Administration’s executive order, regulations, and guidance addressing COVID-19 prevention measures in the workplace.
On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (“EO”), to promote the economy and efficiency in federal procurement by ensuring that certain federal prime contractors and subcontractors provide adequate COVID-19 safeguards to their workers performing on or in ...
Most government contracts include a clause giving the government the right to terminate the contract, or any part thereof, for its sole convenience “when it is in the best interests of the government.” FAR Parts 49, 12, 13, and 31 establish the regulatory requirements for termination and settlement of government contracts. The mechanics are specific. Upon receipt of the notice of termination, the prime contractor should immediately stop all work and terminate all subcontracts related to the terminated portion of the prime contract. Inventory disposal schedules must be ...
The Department of Defense can issue Other Transaction Agreements (“OTA”) for research, prototypes, and production. 10 U.S.C. § 2371b. Research OTAs are available for basic, applied, and advanced research projects. The DoD may also acquire prototypes using OTAs. Production OTAs are only permitted where the government has previously acquired a prototype under an earlier OTA. Additionally, the solicitation for the original prototype must have notified offerors that the government reserved the right to issue a follow-on Production OTA.
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Prime contractors are responsible for incorporating the appropriate provisions of their prime contracts into the agreements with their subcontractor. Determining which clauses are applicable to subcontractors and how best to monitor subcontractor compliance needs to be a priority. The first step is identifying contract clauses that are required to be incorporated into the contractor’s subcontracts. These “mandatory flow-downs” are FAR, DFARS, and other contract clauses that, by their own terms, are required to be incorporated into subcontracts. Clauses that must ...
The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) just announced that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recovered a record $304 million in wages owed to workers in the Fiscal Year 2018 (read more here). This includes violations of labor laws unique to federal contractors, such as the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA). On September 13, 2018, the DOL found that a California-based contractor and five of its subcontractors had violated the SCA. WHD determined the contractor owed over $3.5 million to 1,416 workers (both their own and subcontractor personnel) for failing to pay federal ...
Most contractors are aware that President Trump signed into law the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 on December 17, 2018. The Act modified how the Small Business Administration (SBA) calculates a business’ size for revenue-based size standards. Size has been calculated based on a three fiscal year average of annual receipts. The Act increased the period of time in the calculation from three years to five.
The Act, however, contained no effective date. On December 21, 2018, SBA issued an information notice announcing the new statute would not take effect until the SBA ...
Most companies pursuing government contracts enter into teaming agreements to prepare and submit their proposals. Teaming agreements are an important element of the government contracting proposal process, used to enhance the likelihood of the teaming partners winning a contract by combining complementary capabilities to offer a more comprehensive and competitive solution. Typically, a teaming agreement will describe the anticipated contribution for each team member in performing the prime contract and designate one of the parties as the “prime” and the other as a ...
Maynard Nexsen shareholders Stephen Davis and David Block joined Maynard's Andy Watson and Jon Levin in hosting a webinar on June 29th. During the 60 minute program, they provided listeners with an in-depth discussion of common pitfalls related to the Fair Labor Standards Act, updates to the Federal Immigration Law as well as other updates in the labor and employment industry. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities with the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. For more details on the program ...
Brandon Smith of Anglin, Reichmann, Snellgrove & Armstrong, P.C. joined Jon Levin in hosting a webinar on May 25th. During the 60 minute program, they provided listeners with a discussion of Business Systems: Compliance Requirements for Large and Small Businesses. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities with the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. For more details on the program, please contact Ellery Miller.
We published a prior alert on several of President Obama’s Executive Orders affecting government contractors. This is an update to that alert regarding the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) final rule implementing EO 13665 – Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information.
For good reason, employers often adopt a policy of confidentiality when it comes to employee compensation. The obvious business reasons for such a policy include that it tends to reduce inter-employee conflicts and other business ...
- FAR Council Publishes its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
- Joshua Duvall Quoted by Law360 on Recent OMB Guidance Impacting Small Business Contracting
- White House Announces OMB Guidance to Increase Small Business Contracting Opportunities
- Recent GAO Decision Highlights GAO's Jurisdiction Over Protests Involving Task Orders
- SDVOSB Self-Certification Grace Period to Expire: Submit Applications by Dec 31 To Remain Eligible While Applications are Pending
- Recent FCA Settlement Highlights Small Business Certification Issues in Private Equity Transactions
- 4 Takeaways: GAO Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for FY 2023
- FCC Space Bureau launches its Transparency Initiative
- Joshua Duvall Quoted by Law360 on Federal Court Decision Impacting the SBA 8(a) Program
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