DOL Announces New Overtime Rule

After over three years of waiting, on September 24th, 2019 the Department of Labor released its long-awaited final overtime rule,  increasing the standard salary threshold for exempt status to $684 per week (up from the current $455 per week floor), or $35,568 per year on an annual basis. The new rule takes effect on January 1st, 2020, providing the first overtime salary adjustment in more than 10 years.

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Topics: DCAA Audit Support, Accounting & Billing System, Government Regulations

Non-Tariff Supply-Chain Restrictions on IT/Telecom Products and Services (Part 3 of 3)

Future Supply-Chain Rules to Be Implemented Under Executive Order 13873, and Under Sections 889(a)(1)(B) and 889(b) of the 2019 NDAA

There have been several recent developments in U.S. law, relating to non-tariff restrictions on foreign-origin information technology and telecommunications equipment, with a focus on Chinese-origin products. This is the third installment of a three-part series on this topic.

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Topics: Defense Contractors, DFARS Business Systems, Government Regulations, Export and Import

Understanding Which Thresholds Apply to Your Government Contracts

All too often, contractors have a dilemma as to which changing dollar threshold should be inserted into company policy.  You may recall that there has been considerable debate around changing dollar thresholds around TINA, CAS, and even the executive comp ceiling from a few years back.  There is now a proposed rule before the FAR Council is seeking to eliminate this confusion.  This rule will also reduce the administrative workload in processing changing dollar thresholds throughout the FAR.  

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Regulations

Non-Tariff Supply-Chain Restrictions on IT/Telecom Products and Services (Part 2 of 3)

Supply-Chain Rules from Section 889(a)(1)(A) of the NDAA for 2019 (Implemented by FAR Subpart 4.21)

There have been several recent developments in U.S. law, relating to non-tariff restrictions on foreign-origin information technology and telecommunications equipment, with a focus on Chinese-origin products. This is the second installment of a three-part series on this topic.

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Topics: Defense Contractors, DFARS Business Systems, Government Regulations, Export and Import

DCAA’s Renewed Challenge to Lowest Available Airfare: “Déjà vu All Over Again”

A recent DCAA audit reintroduced (or resurrected) a DCAA MRD (Memorandum for Regional Directors) dated March 22, 2010 which provided auditors with DCAA’s liberal interpretation of a January 2010 change to FAR 31.205-46(b) limiting allowable airfare to “lowest priced airfare available to the contractor.”

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Topics: Cost and Pricing and Budgeting, Government Regulations

Non-Tariff Supply-Chain Restrictions on IT/Telecom Products and Services (Part 1 of 3)

Supply-Chain Rules Under DFARS Subpart 239.73

In the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, the U.S. Government’s Section 301 tariffs on Chinese-origin goods has received most of the attention, and rightfully so. Effective September 1, 2019, these tariffs generally impact all Chinese-origin goods imported into the United States, including all information technology and telecommunications equipment (“Equipment”). However, there have also been several recent developments in U.S. law, relating to non-tariff restrictions on foreign-origin Equipment, with specific focus on Chinese-origin products.

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Topics: Defense Contractors, DFARS Business Systems, Government Regulations, Export and Import

“Adequate Price Competition” – A Change is Coming

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) implemented Section 822 of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which requires contactors to submit additional certified cost or pricing data when only one offer is received in response to a competitive solicitation.  Certified cost and pricing data is required when the following three criteria are met:

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Topics: DFARS Business Systems, Government Regulations

New GSA FY 2020 Per Diem Reimbursement Rates

GSA establishes the per diem rates for the lower 48 Continental United States (CONUS), which are the maximum allowances that federal employees are reimbursed for expenses incurred while on official travel.

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Topics: DCAA Audit Support, Accounting & Billing System, Government Regulations

CBP e-Recordation of IP Trademarks and Copyrights

Did you know that you can and should record your Intellectual Property such as Trademarks and Copyrights with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using their e-Recordation system? Once you do so, CBP can help prevent the importation and exportation of infringing goods. In fact, you must record your IP with CBP because CBP cannot help you with infringing or counterfeit imports/exports if you don’t! This service is readily available here.  

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Topics: Government Regulations, Export and Import

Emerging Technologies Export Controls

We are expecting changes this year related to Emerging Technologies Export Controls. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is holding its’ annual conference this week on Export Controls in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is “Emerging Technologies, Strategic Trade, and Global Threats”.  This event will cover:

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Topics: Government Regulations, Export and Import