Nota Bene Episode 39: Doing Business with the U.S. Government in an Era of Cybersecurity, Espionage and Executive Orders with Townsend Bourne


In an era of trade wars, espionage, and executive orders, how can companies who wish to dive into government procurement or are already involved in procurement abide by Federal laws and data security regulations and increase the likelihood of proper procurement?

Joining host Michael Cohen to explore the current government contracting legal landscape is Townsend Bourne. Townsend is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin’s Washington, D.C. office. She represents companies that do business with the Federal Government, either directly or through a prime contractor or reseller.

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What We Discuss in This Episode:

What does the legal landscape look like for doing any type of commercial business with the U.S. government?

What various layers of federal laws apply to government contracting?

When it comes to cybersecurity, what new developments have emerged that affect government contracts?

What type of security controls should contractors implement to protect data?

What are security control “families”?

What security rules are specific to government contractors and why are they important for companies of all types to be familiar with them?

Why is it important to be open to checking where your sensitive data and documenting your plan to protect that data?

The “Plan of Action” the Department of Defense requires

What does the National Defense Authorization Act establish?

How has the 2019 Executive Order affected information and telecommunications technologies?

How are the Federal Acquisition Regulations playing a role in the trade war with China?

Understanding your supply chain and where your components are coming from

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