New Insider Threat and Cybersecurity Requirements Pose Significant Costs for Smaller Government Contractors

New Insider Threat and Cybersecurity Requirements Pose Significant Costs for Smaller Government Contractors

In a recent article in the National Defense Magazine, Bryan Cave attorneys point out that recent changes to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, or NISPOM, may make it more difficult for companies, particularly those that are unable to spread costs across multiple high-dollar contracts, to compete for government contracts requiring access to classified information. As a result, the efforts by the Department of Defense to increase competition and innovation by turning to smaller companies ultimately may be unsuccessful.
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We Really Mean It This Time: Recently Enacted FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 Mandates

On June 13, Congress passed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, and President Obama signed the bill into law on June 30, nearly 50 years after the original Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) was first enacted. The new law was effective as of June 30.

On July 19, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information Policy (“OIP”) issued its first guidelines relating to the Act, prompting agencies to begin carrying out new FOIA mandates in the way they respond to and give notice regarding FOIA requests. OIP said it will continue to issue guidance on the Act “on a rolling basis.”….

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