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OOPS 2018 Preview: Contractors and Cybersecurity

Posted in Cybersecurity, Events, Legal Developments
With even DoD officials acknowledging cyber threats ranging from exfiltrating our top military secrets (“the terabyte of death” per DISA’s Director) to seizing control of SECDEF’s car to sinking Navy vessels with critical infrastructure attacks, both federal agencies and government contractors are in the pressure cooker.  For contractors, bad cybersecurity not only opens the door… Continue Reading

How Quickly Should Contractors Report Data Breaches? GAO Denies Protest Finding 12 Hours Is Not Fast Enough

Posted in Bid Protest, Cybersecurity
In Matter of: First Fin. Assocs., Inc., B-415713, Feb. 16, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed by First Financial Associates, Inc. (FFA)  against an award by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service (DHS/USSS) to FEEA Childcare Services, Inc. (FEEA) for the administration of a childcare subsidy program.  FFA alleged… Continue Reading

New Draft NIST Guidance on Systems Security Engineering

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legal Developments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published a draft special publication titled Systems Security Engineering: Resiliency Considerations for the Engineering of Trustworthy Secure Systems (Volume 2), which provides guidance to professionals responsible for the activities and tasks related to the system life cycle processes in NIST’s flagship publication, NIST Special Publication 800-160… Continue Reading

Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without

Posted in Bid Protest, Cybersecurity, Legal Developments, Podcast
This week’s episode covers bid protest, debriefing, and cybersecurity news, and is hosted by partners David Robbins and Peter Eyre. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without. Listen: Crowell.com |… Continue Reading

Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legal Developments, Podcast
This week’s episode covers budget news, the Brand memo, and cybersecurity news, and is hosted by partners Peter Eyre and David Robbins. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without.… Continue Reading

Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without

Posted in Cybersecurity, False Claims, Podcast
This week’s episode covers False Claims Act items, GAO protests, and cybersecurity and is hosted by partners Peter Eyre and David Robbins. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without.… Continue Reading

NIST Gives Contractors Extra Time to Comment on Proposed Assessment Guide for NIST SP 800-171

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legal Developments
As defense contractors continue to push towards their end-of-year implementation deadline for NIST SP 800-171 under DFARS 252.204-7012, the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) has given the contracting community some extra time to respond to a draft publication that outlines how they and their customers alike can assess compliance with the security standard. … Continue Reading

Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legal Developments, Podcast
We are still accepting questions for Ask Us Anything! Have questions you’d like answered anonymously? Want our thoughts in general on a particular topic? Send in questions and we’ll do our best to feature them in a future podcast. Email your questions to David at drobbins@crowell.com. Disclaimer: we cannot give legal advice unless and until… Continue Reading

Risks Posed by Third Party Vendors Increasingly a Challenge for Businesses

Posted in Cybersecurity
This week it was reported that Indian police arrested four people accused of leaking a pre-release episode of the blockbuster HBO show, “Game of Thrones.”  The leak is supposedly the result of employees from a Mumbai-based company that stores and processes the series for the Indian streaming website Hotstar. These arrests—which appear unrelated to the… Continue Reading

DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Resolve Split Over Its Ability to Compel Foreign Records

Posted in Cybersecurity
Can U.S. law enforcement reach data stored oversees by using a warrant under the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2701, et seq.?  Until the Supreme Court decides the issue, which may happen next term, the answer is: it depends where the government applied for the warrant. Over the last few years, U.S.-based technology companies… Continue Reading

Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legal Developments, Podcast
Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without. This latest edition is hosted by partners Peter Eyre and David Robbins and includes updates on DoD’s plan to implement the 2017… Continue Reading

Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legal Developments, Podcast
Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without. This latest edition is hosted by partner Peter Eyre and counsel Olivia Lynch and includes updates on GAO reports on cybersecurity, a… Continue Reading

Commitment to Training — Join Crowell & Moring for Gov Con 101

Posted in Bid Protest, Claims, Cost/Cost Accounting, Cybersecurity, Suspension & Debarment
Crowell & Moring is hosting Government Contracts 101 in our Washington, D.C., office on Thursday, October 26, 2017.  This all-day event will last from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., and provide an overview of the full scope of issues that government contractors face on a daily basis.  We will cover FAR,… Continue Reading

Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without

Posted in Cybersecurity, Podcast
Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without. This latest edition is hosted by partners Peter Eyre and David Robbins and includes updates on cybersecurity, a GAO report, and the… Continue Reading

Join Crowell & Moring for a Seminar: Cyber Security Best Practices

Posted in Cybersecurity, Events
Please join us for an evening of conversation and cocktails while our panelists from the commercial, industrial, government contracting, higher education, and insurance arenas discuss critical emerging cyber security issues.  From the dark web, to cyber pitfalls, cybersecurity policy and legislation, and how to ensure a secure future, our panel discussion will explore the rapidly… Continue Reading

That’s a Wrap: OOPS 2017 Concludes

Posted in Cost/Cost Accounting, Cybersecurity, Events, International Contracting/FCPA, Labor & Employment, Legal Developments
Our 33rd annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar has come to a close and was a great success. Thank you to all of our attendees and panelists who participated in the event, which covered a range of topics from investigations and cybersecurity to labor and employment. This year’s agenda particularly focused on how contractors are navigating… Continue Reading

OOPS Starts Tomorrow!

Posted in Cost/Cost Accounting, Cybersecurity, International Contracting/FCPA, Legal Developments
We’ve wrapped up our preview posts, which gave a sneak peek at just a few of tomorrow and Friday’s OOPS panels, including investigations, privacy and cybersecurity, international procurement, and cost and pricing issues. It’s not too late to register for the event! Click here for details and directions. We’ll see you tomorrow at the Renaissance Hotel… Continue Reading

OOPS 2017 Preview: Hurry-Up Offense: Keeping Pace with Information Security and Privacy

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legal Developments
The contracting community is hurrying to keep pace with the bevy of recent privacy and cybersecurity requirements incorporated into their government contracts across all agencies.  On May 4, 2017, at 1:45 PM Eastern, Crowell & Moring attorneys Evan Wolff, Peter Miller, Mark Ries, and Kate Growley will lead a discussion to help contractors wrap their… Continue Reading

OOPS 2017 Preview: Strategizing for Government Contractors’ Game Plan Under the New Administration

Posted in Cost/Cost Accounting, Cybersecurity, International Contracting/FCPA, Legal Developments
The Government Contracts Group is counting down to Crowell & Moring’s 33rd annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS), which will be held on May 4 and 5 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington. This year’s seminar, “Strategizing for Government Contractors’ Game Plan Under the New Administration,” will provide insider insight and practical advice across a… Continue Reading

OOPS 2016 Starts Tomorrow!

Posted in Cost/Cost Accounting, Cybersecurity, Events, Labor & Employment
We’ve wrapped up our preview posts, which gave a sneak peek at a few of tomorrow and Thursday’s OOPS panels including cybersecurity (OOPS Preview: Regulating Information: Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and Exploding Rules), costs & accounting OOPS Preview: Cost & Accounting: Items at the Top of the Ledger) , and labor and employment (OOPS Preview:… Continue Reading

OOPS Preview: Regulating Information: Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and Exploding Rules

Posted in Cybersecurity, Events
Companies of all sizes are increasingly subject to the practical and legal implications of today’s cybersecurity environment, and contractors are no exception.  On May 26, 2016, at 11:00 AM Eastern, Crowell & Moring attorneys David Bodenheimer, Evan Wolff, and Kate Growley will lead a discussion highlighting some of the past year’s most significant cyber contracting… Continue Reading

The Federal and Corporate Cybersecurity Landscape

Posted in Cybersecurity
Information has become foundational in today’s federal and corporate arenas and is increasingly under threat and exploitation. Last month, attorneys from Crowell & Moring’s Privacy & Cybersecurity group lent their voices to WFED/WTOP radio to discuss how the public and private sectors are responding. Listen in here as our colleagues discuss the cyber threat landscape,… Continue Reading

Interim Rule Could Expand Already Onerous DFARS Cyber Requirements

Posted in Cybersecurity
Yesterday, the DoD published an Interim Rule that, if finalized as drafted, would expand the already onerous requirements of the DFARS Safeguarding Clause to a broader array of potentially 10,000 defense contractors.  Citing “recent high-profile breaches of federal information,” the DoD’s Interim Rule emphasizes the need for clear, effective, and consistent cybersecurity protections in its… Continue Reading