FAR Rule

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement an Executive Order titled “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors” and a final rule issued by the Department of Labor. This Executive Order seeks to raise the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers performing work on or in connection with covered Federal contracts to $15.00 per hour beginning January 30, 2022, and beginning January 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor. Click here to read more.

Moving the U.S. Government Toward Zero Trust Cybersecurity Principles

The White House has released a memorandum addressed to executive departments and agencies setting forth a Federal zero trust architecture strategy, requiring agencies to meet specific cybersecurity standards and objectives by the end of Fiscal Year 2024 in order to reinforce the Government’s defenses against increasingly sophisticated and persistent threat campaigns. Click here to read more.

Pentagon Halts Conference Travel

The Pentagon will no longer allow personnel to travel to tradeshows and conferences amid the Omicron coronavirus spike.

“The only travel that is permitted is what’s considered critical to national security,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Tuesday. “So participation in conferences is obviously put on hold. And that applies to everybody, uniformed and civilian alike.”

The travel restrictions come in advance of several conferences scheduled in the coming months, including the Singapore Air Show (Feb. 15 to 18); Air Force Association Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida (March 2 to 4); Association of the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama (March 29 to 31); Navy League Sea-Air-Space in National Harbor, Maryland (April 4 to 6); and Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado (April 4 to 7).

President Biden Signs National Security Memorandum to Improve the Cybersecurity of DoD, Intelligence Community Systems

President Biden signed a National Security Memorandum (NSM) to improve the cybersecurity of National Security, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community systems. At minimum, the NSM requires that National Security Systems employ the same network cybersecurity measures as those required of federal civilian networks in Executive Order 14028. Please click here for more information.

Armed Services Committee Summary of FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

For the 61st consecutive year, Congress has reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Each year, the NDAA authorizes funding levels and provides authorities for the U.S. military and other critical defense priorities, ensuring our troops have the training, equipment, and resources they need to carry out their missions. This year’s agreement focuses on the most vital national security priorities for the United States, including strategic competition with China and Russia; disruptive technologies like hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence, 5G, and quantum computing; modernizing our ships, aircraft, and vehicles; and, most importantly, improving the lives of our servicemembers and their families. Click here to read more.

Who’s Who in Defense

BreakingDefense.com has released individual infographics on important individuals within the defense industry, including members of the Department of Defense, the House Armed Services Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Executive Branch. For more information, please click here.

General Introduction to Projects and Construction in USA

The nature and complexion of project finance in the United States has been shifting, mostly as a result of the expiry of certain government incentives, regulatory changes relating to power plant emissions, declining prices of distributed generation technologies, including battery storage, and lower natural gas prices as a result of increased domestic production. To read more, please click here.