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March 23, 2020

In the last several days, the federal government released a number of guidance documents designed to ease the impacts of COVID-19 on government contractors and grantees.  The guidance is summarized below:

Contractors:

On January 31, 2020, the Trump administration issued an executive order cracking down on U.S. businesses that import directly or facilitate the import of counterfeit or pirated goods, illegal narcotics and other contraband. The order, entitled “Ensuring Safe & Lawful E-Commerce for US Consumers, Business, Government Supply Chains and Intellectual Property Rights,” directs

Today, in Acetris Health, LLC v. United States, the Federal Circuit held that a pharmaceutical manufactured in the United States qualified for sale, under the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA), to the Department of Veterans Affairs even though the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) came from a non-designated country, India.

In reaching this decision,

On April 30, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division issued an updated version of the “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” guidance originally published by the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section in February 2017. The update is more of a consolidation of various compliance program evaluation sources under the broader Criminal Division umbrella

On Valentine’s Day, two subcommittees of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a joint hearing on the potential application of blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency and financial technology. This hearing highlights the U.S. Government’s growing interest in blockchain, a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) that has powered platforms for secure and decentralized transactions. While