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May 16, 2022

Ep 1.03 The Impact of PFAS Controls on Federal Procurement

Podcast: Bona Fide Needs

In this episode of Bona Fide Needs, Arnold & Porter Partner Mike McGill and PubKGroup Managing Editor Bill Olver cover a broad range of recent legal developments affecting government contractors.

Our headline feature this month is Mike’s broad discussion with Arnold & Porter partner Judah Prero on the interplay between the regulation of the chemical PFAS and federal procurement, which is part of the Biden Administration's broader effort on climate change and environmental sustainability.

Mike also examines new procurement rules, including a FAR rule on the use of small business procedures for overseas procurements, a final DFARS rule on commerciality determinations, and a final DFARS rule on the validation of intellectual property rights and data related to commercial products. Mike also revisits GSA's acquisition letter on economic price adjustments to combat inflation.

Bill rounds out the episode with a brief update on important developments for federal contractors, including OMB's Buy American guidance for infrastructure projects, OFCCP guidance on contractor compliance evaluations, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee's report on S&D activity for FY2020, as well as regulatory, legislative, and cybersecurity activity.

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