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Lowest bidder doesn’t always win

In the 1998 movie Armageddon, oil drillers are launched into space to destroy a Texas-sized asteroid hurtling toward Earth. Their special skills are needed to drill a hole into the asteroid to plant a nuclear device that will destroy the asteroid and save Earth. Before they are launched into space, one of the drillers wryly remarks: “You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon, and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?”

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Electrical contractor grazed by treble-damages bullet under False Claims Act

More than $750,000—that’s what a federal government contractor was going to have to pay until a federal appeals court reduced the amount to $14,748.

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DoD issues new cybersecurity implementation plan

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a revised Cybersecurity Discipline Implementation Plan. The previous version of the plan was issued in October 2015; the latest edition was released in February 2016.

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Proposed FAR rule about prohibiting whistleblowing through non-disclosure agreements

On January 22, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FARC) published a proposed rule about contractor and subcontractor whistleblowers.

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Defense Department gives contractors more time to implement cyber security requirements

On December 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a new interim rule about implementing a previously issued interim rule about cyber security. The new interim rule gives government contractors and subcontractors more time to implement security requirements.

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