As a leader of the firm’s Defense, National Security and Government Contracting industry team, Ned Childs is a government contract and investigations and enforcement attorney who represents companies across a wide range of sectors, including the defense, services, technology, and aerospace industries.
By Edwin O. Childs, Abram J. Pafford, Todd R. Steggerda, Jason M. Vespoli and McGuireWoods LLP on Government ContractsOn November 4, 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced significant changes to the strategic direction of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. Specifically, DoD stated that the goal of these changes is to simplify the CMMC standard and prioritize the protection of certain types of controlled defense information. After a nine-month internal review by the… Continue Reading
By Edwin O. Childs, Abram J. Pafford, Todd R. Steggerda, Jason M. Vespoli and McGuireWoods LLP on Government ContractsOn June 8, the White House released the findings of a 100-day assessment of critical supply chains, identifying actions needed to bolster domestic manufacturing of critical goods, reduce dependence on foreign nations for supply chain needs, create jobs and address unfair trade practices. For highlights of the report detailing structural weaknesses in supply chains for… Continue Reading
By Abram J. Pafford, Todd R. Steggerda and Edwin O. Childs on Government ContractsDisappointed government contractors and their legal counsel weigh the benefits of filing bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) versus the Court of Federal Claims (COFC). One of the key benefits to filing a protest with the GAO is that, under the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) automatic stay provision, a GAO protester who… Continue Reading
By Edwin O. Childs, Abram J. Pafford and Jason M. Vespoli on Government ContractsOn Jan. 25, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed an executive order aimed at strengthening “Buy American” rules to increase the federal government’s procurement of American-made goods. According to the White House, this order makes several significant changes to the implementation of the laws requiring federal government agencies to procure materials and products domestically. Click here to continue… Continue Reading
By Edwin O. Childs, Christina Egan, Todd R. Steggerda and McGuireWoods LLP on ComplianceFollowing recent changes to Department of Justice policy regarding individual accountability in government investigations of corporate wrongdoing, DOJ has recently further demonstrated its willingness to consider a flexible approach in applying the False Claims Act. In a January 28, 2019 speech by Deputy Associate Attorney General Stephen Cox to the 2019 Advanced Forum on False Claims… Continue Reading