On April 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a plan to crack down on illicit trade in the textile industry. The announcement comes as DHS has been urged, especially by the textile industry, to more proactively and fully enforce the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), including adding parties to the UFLPA Entity List.

Continue Reading New Enforcement Plan, Recent Court Filing Can Help Flesh Out UFLPA Obligations

On March 22, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a protest challenging an agency decision finding the protester ineligible for award under both the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986 (Security Act) and the solicitation’s System for Award Management (SAM) registration requirements. GAO disagreed with the Department of State’s (or Agency) arguments, holding that Pernix Federal LLC’s (Pernix) submissions complied with all requirements of the prequalification process and the solicitation.

Continue Reading Bid Protest Minute:  GAO Clarifies Certain “De Facto” Joint Venture Eligibility Issues

On April 1, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) opened its Contractor Portal for its annual Affirmative Action Program (AAP) certification. Covered federal contractors and subcontractors have until July 1 to sign in and certify they have developed, and continue to maintain, AAPs.  

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On March 12, the Department of Defense (DOD) promulgated a final rule that expands the eligibility criteria for the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cybersecurity Program, a voluntary initiative aimed at bolstering the DIB’s ability to safeguard critical information.

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You are reading the March 2024 Update of the Bass, Berry & Sims Enforcement Roundup, where we bring notable enforcement actions, policy changes, interesting news articles, and a bit of our insight to your inbox.

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On March 6, the Federal Circuit held that a software company sufficiently established jurisdiction under the Contract Dispute Act (CDA) where its end-user license agreement (EULA) was incorporated into another contractor’s Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Continue Reading Dispensing of a Significant Jurisdictional Hurdle, Federal Circuit Holds Incorporated EULA Confers Jurisdiction

On March 14, the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that EFG International AG (EFG), a Switzerland-based bank, had agreed to pay roughly $3.74 million to settle allegations that it had violated multiple U.S. sanctions regimes.

Continue Reading Swiss Finance Company to Pay Almost $4 Million for Sanctions Violations

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