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M. Yuan Zhou is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm's Government Contracts Group.

Yuan’s practice includes a wide range of investigatory, counseling, and transactional capabilities, including: internal investigations related to the False Claims Act, the Procurement Integrity Act, and other civil and criminal matters; compliance reviews and enhancing contractor compliance programs; representing clients in suspension and debarment proceedings; counseling on data rights issues, challenges, and disputes; mandatory disclosures; and providing government contracts due diligence in transactional matters. As part of the firm’s State and Local Practice, Yuan also counsels clients on state and local procurement issues, ranging from bid protests to contract negotiations with state agencies, and advises prime contractors and subcontractors on a variety of issues including prime/sub contract formation, disputes, and other government contracts issues.

Commerciality, Employee-Owned Businesses, Procurement Collusion Strike Force

This week’s episode covers a final rule regarding commerciality and price reasonableness under procurements for major weapon systems, a DOD pilot program involving employee-owned businesses, and an update on the Procurement Collusion Strike Force, and is hosted by Peter Eyre and Yuan Zhou. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5

Cyber, Semiconductors, AI, False Claims Act

This week’s episode covers cybersecurity updates, a proposed rule regarding prohibition on semiconductors produced by certain Chinese manufacturers, DOL guidance entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Equal Employment Opportunity for Federal Contractors,” and two settlements under the civil False Claims Act, and is hosted by Peter Eyre and Yuan Zhou. Crowell

On May 3, 2024, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) regarding the prohibition on semiconductors produced by certain Chinese manufacturers, enacted in Section 5949(a)(1) of the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 (Section 5949) expanding on the prohibition on covered telecommunications equipment and services produced by Huawei, ZTE, and others from Section 889 of the FY 2019 NDAA (Section 889).    Continue Reading “(Don’t) Let the Chips Fall Where They May”:  FAR Council Previews Proposed Rule Implementing the Covered Semiconductor Prohibition  

FAR Part 40, Cyber Reporting, Bid Protest

This week’s episode covers a final rule updating the FAR to add Part 40 on information security and supply chain security, a notice of proposed rulemaking detailing how companies will have to comply with the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022, and a bid protest

AI Governance, Bid Protests, Software Attestation

This week’s episode covers an OMB memo directing agencies to advance AI governance and innovation, a bid protest involving compliance with the Trade Agreements Act, and an updated Secure Software Development Attestation Form that must be used by certain software producers and suppliers of products containing software, and is

End User License Agreements, Whistleblower Incentives, GHG Disclosures

This week’s episode covers a Federal Circuit decision holding that an end user license agreement incorporated into another contractor’s agreement was sufficient to establish jurisdiction under the Contract Disputes Act, a new DOJ pilot program to incentivize whistleblowers to report corporate misconduct by offering monetary rewards, and

Defense Innovation Unit, AI, Proposal Timeliness

This week’s episode covers DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit report about actions to maintain U.S. technological superiority, DOJ’s plans to address the dangers posed by AI technology by seeking sentencing enhancements for crimes committed using AI technology, and a GAO decision involving a situation in which an offeror’s proposal was

Salary-History Bans and Pay Transparency, Section 3610 of the CARES Act

This week’s episode covers a proposed rule on salary-history bans and pay transparency for job applicants and employees of federal contractors and subcontractors, a claim relating to Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, new requirements for U.S.-based Infrastructure

Limitations on Subcontracting, National Defense Industrial Strategy, Suspension/Debarment

This week’s episode covers a proposed rule regarding limitations on subcontracting, DOD’s National Defense Industrial Strategy, a proposed rule seeking to amend the FAR in order to enhance consistency between the suspension and debarment procedures in the FAR and in the Nonprocurement Common Rule system, and is

NDAA, SDVOSB Eligibility, FedRAMP

This week’s episode covers highlights of the NDAA for FY24, a Class Deviation relating to SDVOSB eligibility, an ASBCA decision involving pandemic-related claims, and DOD guidance detailing what it means for a cloud service provider to FedRAMP Moderate baseline “equivalent,” and is hosted by Peter Eyre and Yuan Zhou. Crowell &