Notwithstanding the uncertainty associated with the upcoming change in Administration, we decided to push forward with issuing the second edition of Steptoe’s Government Contractor Supply Chain Toolkit. Version 2.0 of the Toolkit (available here) provides an update on various federal rules and developments imposing supply chain requirements on federal contractors and subcontractors. The updated Toolkit includes:

  • Updates on newly issued employment requirements, such as rules addressing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” and “Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors;”
  • A snapshot of the major – and fast evolving – cybersecurity requirements;
  • Other regulatory updates on human trafficking, counterfeit parts, subcontracting limitations for contracts set aside for small businesses, and the expanded scope of the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé program for all “small” businesses; and
  • Recent civil and criminal enforcement activities by the federal government arising from supply chain risks, including in the areas of illegal kickbacks, counterfeit parts, and the Trade Agreements Act.

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On April 14th the WTO issued a decision that will significantly affect multilateral initiatives on tax transparency, including the work of the Global Forum.  In its decision in Argentina – Measures Relating to Trade in Goods and Services, the WTO Appellate Body ruled that a set of defensive tax measures maintained by Argentina are