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Vertical mergers critical for defense innovation, says National Defense Industrial Association head

The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing its guidelines on vertical mergers, or a company’s acquisition of other components in its supply chain. But these guidelines jeopardize national security, according to Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle (USAF, Ret.), president and chief executive officer of the National Defense Industrial Association. Carlisle said preventing small, innovative startups from merging […]


Minimum wage increase could boost federal contractor employee retention, says government contract lawyer

Federal contractors are prepping for an increase in the contractor minimum wage to $15 per hour. That’s almost a 50% increase from the last time the White House set the rate. Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, said the increase could help reduce turnover, which increased during the pandemic, if contractors are able to […]


Government contractors waiting for consistent federal guidance on vaccination

Most federal employees who are fully vaccinated can take their masks off when they come back to the office, according to guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. However, each agency and location may have different rules, and the rules for contractors are less clear on masks and vaccines. Stephanie Kostro, Executive Vice President for […]


Contractors should prepare now for anticipated cybersecurity regulations, says Holland & Knight partner

The new White House cybersecurity executive order requires agencies to take specific actions and meet hard deadlines. The vendors that serve government will also have new rules to follow as a result of the order. Government contractors should be ready for the “worst-case scenario” by planning what to do if the executive order leads to […]


How government contractors can prepare for minimum wage executive order

A new executive order from President Biden will set a minimum wage for government contracts at $15 per hour. Eric Crusius, Partner at Holland & Knight, said the order is not supposed to be implemented until early next year but it encourages agencies to raise their minimum wage before that. Contractors should save records to […]


Jerry McGinn: Mike Brown “tremendous choice” for under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment

Mike Brown is President Biden’s choice to become under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. If the Senate confirms him, consolidation in the defense industrial base is one thing he will need to watch. Jerry McGinn, Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University, said the nomination of Mike Brown […]


Companies not doing business with federal government may have to obtain CMMC certification

The board overseeing the Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is losing two members, which leaders of the board say is part of the normal churn of an all-volunteer organization. Eric Crusius, Partner at Holland & Knight, agrees the churn makes sense given the board’s all-volunteer status. Crusius said it’s possible private sector companies not […]

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