Proposed FAR Rule Requires a Broad Universe of Government Contractors to Safeguard Contractor Information Systems

Guest Authors: Elizabeth Ferrell & Erin Sheppard, McKenna Long & Aldridge.  Originally posted at http://www.mckennalong.com/publications-advisories-3064.html On August 24, 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a proposed rule requiring contractors to safeguard contractor information systems containing information provided by or generated for the government.  Federal Acquisition Regulation, Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems, 77 Fed. Reg. 51496 (Aug. 24, 2012) (the “Proposed Rule”). The Proposed rule adds a new Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart and contract clause that make basic information protection measures a contractual obligation.  The Proposed Rule mandates basic protection measures on contractor information systems and contractors’ use of non-public government information aimed at deterring unauthorized disclosure, loss, or compromise of non-public Government information.  Id.  Prior to … Continue reading