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Update makes Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification simpler for defense contractors, attorney says

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program has an update to reduce and streamline the system. Those changes could have big impacts for federal contractors. Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, said CMMC 2.0 is good news for contractors in that new self-certification measures could lower costs and there is more reliance on existing […]

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Former top agency official advises federal contractors to get ahead of vaccine mandate

All federal employees have until Nov. 22 to get fully vaccinated for Covid-19 without the option for just testing. The White House says that deadline applies to both agencies and federal contractors. Robert Shea, national managing principal for public policy at Grant Thornton and former associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, said […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Using the Defense Production Act for vaccine distribution

Eric Crusius, Partner at Holland & Knight, discusses the invocation of the DPA for vaccine distribution and impacts on contractors

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Cyber policy under the Biden administration

Eric Crusius, Partner at Holland & Knight, discusses the national cyber director role, CMMC and potential changes that could impact contractors

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