February 15, 2018Government Contracts

Pilot Testing of GAO’s New Filing System Currently Underway

Earlier this month, the GAO announced that its long-awaited electronic protest docketing system (EPDS) is now operational and undergoing limited pilot testing with certain designated protests filed since February 1.  EPDS is a major step forward from the current system of emailing all protest-related filings to a single GAO email address (or faxing or hand-delivering ...›

February 15, 2018Data Privacy + Cybersecurity

MoFo’s Nathan Taylor Testifies On Breach Notification Before House Financial Services Committee

On February 14, 2018, Morrison & Foerster’s Nathan Taylor testified before the House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, in a hearing entitled, “Examining the Current Data Security And Breach Notification Regulatory Regime.”  Mr. Taylor remarked that the current breach notification regime consists of a complex matrix of often duplicative or ...›

February 8, 2018Government Contracts

January 2018 Bid Protest Roundup

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) started off the new year by reaffirming old rules pertaining to organizational conflicts of interest and discussions. GAO’s decisions show that while time marches forward, old habits die hard. Read more about January’s  Bid Protest Roundup on our Government Contracts Insights blog.   ...›

February 2, 2018Energy + Environment

Trump Proposes to Change NEPA

In his 2018 State of the Union Address, President Trump underscored his administration’s continued desire to roll back environmental regulations, with an emphasis on those governing infrastructure projects. According to a draft document obtained by the Washington Post, the White House is also considering major revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), one of ...›

February 1, 2018Government Contracts

Millennials Outraged Over GAO Decision Upholding DoD Determination that Millennials Won’t Keep a Job

“Outraged” may be a tad dramatic, and the Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t actually make any determinations about millennials and their work ethic, but nevertheless millennials took center stage in the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO’s) recent decision in IPT Associates, LLC, B-415277, B-415277.2, in which GAO upheld a DoD evaluation raising concerns about the recruiting and retention of ...›

January 29, 2018Government Contracts

DOJ Takes on Meritless Qui Tam Actions

A recently leaked internal memorandum (“Memorandum”) suggests the end is near for the Department of Justice (DOJ) practice of sitting idly by while relators use meritless qui tam actions to shake down companies unwilling to risk their reputations to fight False Claims Act (FCA) allegations.  While the FCA has long explicitly authorized DOJ to seek dismissal of any qui tam action ...›

January 29, 2018Antitrust + Competition

New HSR Filing Thresholds for 2018

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the agency charged with administering the premerger notification filing requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”), issued the adjusted notification thresholds for 2018 on January 26. The new thresholds will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and are summarized in this client alert. ...›