Government contractors are subject to cybersecurity requirements, found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and each agency’s supplement to the FAR, and some important deadlines are fast approaching. Set forth below is a high-level overview of cybersecurity requirements found in the FAR and the Department of Defense (DoD) FAR Supplement (DFARS).
This week we highlight a study by the EY Center for Board Matters, “Audit Committee Reporting to Shareholders in 2017.” EY reviewed audit committee-related proxy disclosures by Fortune 100 companies to examine trends in voluntary reporting and finds a continued increase in voluntary audit committee disclosures to shareholders.
This week we highlight Bloomberg BNA’s analysis “Corporate Cyber Risk Disclosures Jump Dramatically in 2017,” which examines SEC annual and quarterly filings from 2010 to June 30, 2017. The findings show that more public companies are citing cybersecurity as a risk in their financial disclosures in the first half of 2017 than in all of 2016, suggesting that board and C-suite fears over data breaches may be escalating.
This week we highlight PWC’s report on How your board can be ready for crisis, addressing key challenges for directors during a crisis and discussing how being prepared gives a company better odds of bouncing back smoothly. This analysis reviews the elements of effective crisis management plans and the importance of an escalation plan between management and the board, among other issues.
On June 30, Congress gaveled out for the July 4 recess after postponing a critical vote to begin debate on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP caucus have worked for the last two months in countless hours of behind-the-scenes meetings on what many believe to be a long-shot effort to unite 50 of the 52 Republican senators.
This week we highlight a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers which explores the challenges that boards face when key risks are overlooked. It’s easy for boards to focus on financial and compliance risks, but strategic and operational risks are also important. Directors need to make sure they are focusing on the right risks, those that can result in success or failure of the company.
Despite the headlines coming out of Washington, Congress continues to move forward in regular fashion, discussing and acting upon key issues, such as funding the government, addressing the need to raise the debt ceiling and reauthorizing expiring programs.
Yesterday morning, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate renegotiations with Mexico and Canada on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The administration is required to submit the notice to ensure that any legislation required to implement an updated agreement can receive fast-track protection under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA). Under the TPA, the USTR may not enter into formal negotiations until 90 days after this notice is provided to Congress. Thus, NAFTA renegotiations can start on August 16, 2017.