Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week.

1. DOD UNVEILS STRATEGY FOR CYBER DEFENSE

On April 23, Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Defense Department’s second cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces, and to strengthen its cyber defenses and its posture on cyber deterrence.

2. SUPREME COURT DECLINES HUD APPEAL OVER SECTION 8 GRANTS

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s challenge of a Federal Circuit decision that it must use competitive bidding rather than grants to sign up partners to participate in its Section 8 public housing project. 

3. HHS RELEASES GUIDANCE FOR HEALTH CARE BOARDS

On April 20, the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services released new guidance to assist governing boards of health care entities in their oversight of organizational compliance with state and federal laws that regulate the health care

4. GAO REPORT – CYBERSECURITY CHALLENGES

GAO released a report on April 22, identifying a number of challenges facing the government’s approach to cybersecurity and the actions needed to address the various challenges.

5. TAX ON CERTAIN FOREIGN PROCUREMENT – PROPOSED RULE

The IRS has issued proposed regulations under Code Sec. 5000C relating to the 2 percent tax on payments made by the U.S. government to foreign persons pursuant to certain contracts. The regulations also contain guidance addressing when foreign persons can claim an exemption from the tax.