The Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interim rule amending the DFARS to address recently enacted statutory requirements for certain DOD officials to obtain a post-Government employment ethics opinion before accepting a position from a DOD contractor within two years after leaving DOD service. 74 Fed. Reg. 2408 (Jan. 15, 2009). The interim rule, which implements Section 847 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, applies to certain DOD officials who have held a key acquisition position or who have participated personally and substantially in a DOD acquisition exceeding $10 million. In addition, DOD contractors are prohibited from knowingly providing compensation to any such former official within two years after the official leaves DOD service without first determining that the former official has sought and received (or has not received 30 days after seeking) a written opinion from the appropriate DOD ethics official regarding the applicability of post-Government employment restrictions to the activities that the former official is expected to undertake on behalf of the contractor. Failure by a contractor to comply with this prohibition may subject it to contract rescission, suspension, or debarment. The interim rule went into effect on January 15, 2009.