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Are You Ready for a Data Breach?

Posted by on May 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Guest Blogger - Mikki Barry - Barry Tech Law

Do you have a plan for data breach? What happens if you spill government or customer data?  Just about every company, large or small, will eventually be caught up in a data breach scenario, whether real or assumed. Do you know what you’ll do?

According to forensics company Stroz Friedberg, 52% of senior leadership gave corporate America’s response to cyber...

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New to the Federal Marketplace?

Posted by on May 18, 2014 at 1:30 AM

If you’re a small business who is new to government contracts and the government marketplace, with no past performance to speak of, you may find it more difficult to win contract awards. August 1, the FAR was amended to require contracting officials to enter past performance evaluations into a retrieval system that will be evaluated for subsequent procurements. Of course, if you have no past performance, you will be one of the “unknowns” in the procurement process. If you ha...

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Heightened Compliance Necessary For Affiliates

Posted by on May 18, 2014 at 12:30 AM

The ruling has come down in a case that many have been watching with trepidation, and it’s not good news for companies who are affiliated with an indicted parent. In a nutshell, all affiliate companies may be suspended indefinitely for the indictment of a parent. It is not necessary to show any wrongdoing on the part of the affiliate, it is enough that the parent was indicted. This decision, in Agility Defense and Government Services, Inc. v. U.S. Dept. of Defense, 2013 WL 6850891 (11th...

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Whistleblower Protection Extended

Posted by on May 18, 2014 at 12:25 AM

The Supreme Court recently made clear that the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 apply not only to employees of public companies, but also to contractors and subcontractors of those companies. They stated that Congress intended for workers in a position to see, understand and report improper dealings, have the means to report without retribution. Given that there is no bright line between a contractor vs. a vendor, there could well be further litigation to shore up t...

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