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D.C. Circuit Awards Navajo Nation $15.7 Million in Additional Annual ISDEAA Funding

Court: Bureau of Indian Affairs Failed to Act in Timely Manner on Tribal Funding Proposal - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 4, 2017, ruled that the Navajo Nation is entitled to...more

Justice Department Reveals How It Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section recently published its "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" that lists 1) the topics it explores and 2) the questions it asks when it assesses the effectiveness of a...more

State, Local Taxes on Tribal Leases Vulnerable After California Court Order

Indian country may be close to another victory against state and local taxes. On Feb. 8, 2016, a California district court issued an order that signals it is likely to invalidate Riverside County's imposition of a possessory...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FTC Ruling on Deceptive Advertising; Rejects First Amendment Challenge

In a much-awaited decision on Friday, January 30, the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s decision that pomegranate juice maker POM Wonderful LLC engaged in false or misleading advertising by claiming its...more

It’s Time to Re-Think the False Claims Act

The federal False Claims Act (FCA) is one of the government’s primary weapons in combating fraud by federal contractors, federal grantees and recipients of federal benefits. Since 1986, when the FCA was restructured into its...more

New Legislation Would Revamp Suspension and Debarment

On October 29, 2013, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a bill to restructure suspension and debarment from federal procurement and non-procurement programs. The Stop Unworthy Spending (SUSPEND) Act...more

D.C. Circuit Invalidates Lengthy Exclusion

A recent decision by the D.C. Circuit underscores the large amount of discretion that federal agencies have in determining the length of a debarment or exclusion imposed on a government contractor or program participant....more

Suspensions and Debarments of Government Contractors Increase

Last year Congress and the Office of Management and Budget pushed federal agencies to become more aggressive about suspending and debarring contractors. In October of 2011, a Government Accountability Office report found that...more

9/27/2012  /  EPLS , GAO , Suspensions & Debarments

Establishing a Culture of Ethical Behavior and Legal Compliance: Finding Perspective After Penn State and the Freeh Report

Ethical behaviors and legal compliance within any educational institution cannot be presumed; they must be cultivated, monitored and enforced. It is a team effort. It begins with senior leadership, including an informed and...more

9/24/2012  /  Child Abuse , Penn State , Sexual Abuse

Suspension and "Guilt by Association"

A recent federal court decision highlights two important issues relating to excluding contractors from participation in federal government contracting: (1) suspension, and (2) "affiliation."...more

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