Mr. Bouquet’s work in the field of government contracts has involved many types of products and services in a wide range of industries.
Reflections on Government Contracts
Vol. VII, No. 1
Government Contractors Await Policies of Trump Administration With Mixed Emotions
The government contracting community is awaiting the procurement policies of the Trump Administration with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. The excitement arises from the prospect that he will fulfill his promise to ease the compliance burdens associated with government contracting regulations, which increased markedly under President Obama.
Final Rule Requires Contractors with Access to Personally Identifiable Information to Conduct Privacy Act Training
On December 20, 2016, the Obama Administration published a final rule that added a new Federal Acquisition Regulation clause requiring certain contractors with access to personally identifiable information to provide training on the requirements of the Privacy Act. The training must be “role-based, provide foundational as well as more advanced levels of training, and have measures in place to test the knowledge level of users.”
Department of Defense (“DoD”) Issues Additional Anti-Counterfeiting Rules Affecting Supply Chains for Electronic Parts
To date, DoD has issued three final rules to implement various provisions in the National Defense Authorization Acts for fiscal years 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 intended to combat counterfeiting in DoD supply chains for electronic parts. The latest rule, which was effective on August 30, 2016, added important exceptions to the general rule that the costs of counterfeit electronic parts and suspect counterfeit electronic parts and the costs of rework or corrective action that may be required to remedy the use or inclusion of such parts are unallowable.
Chris Bouquet is an experienced businessman and government contracts lawyer. After college, he spent 11 years as a businessman, first serving as Assistant to the President of a company in Salem, Virginia and later as a Project Manager and Director of Government Operations for a government contractor in McLean, Virginia. While serving as a government contractor, he attended night school and received MBA and JD degrees. After law school, he served for nearly 14 years as a government contracts lawyer in McKenna Long & Aldridge's (MLA’s) Washington, DC office and as a pro bono lawyer for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. In 2008, he opened his own law practice in Alexandria, Virginia, so that he could be closer to home, church and community and offer existing and new clients more cost effective access to his expertise. Throughout Mr. Bouquet’s career, he has been devoted to understanding his clients’ needs and providing leadership to develop and implement effective strategies to meet these needs.