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DoD's Updated FOIA Program and Exemption 4 Guidance

On September 3, 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a proposed rule updating its policies and procedures implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), including FOIA Exemption 4. FOIA Exemption 4 exempts from...more

OIG Releases New Proposals on Anti-kickback Statute Safe Harbors, Exceptions to the CMP Law and the Gainsharing Prohibition

On October 3, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a long-awaited proposed rule for implementing amendments to safe harbors under the Anti-kickback Statute and...more

CMS Cost Sharing Reduction Reconciliation Reporting for QHPs

Qualified Health Plans (“QHPs”) and other stakeholders have until October 27, 2014, to comment on CMS’s proposed cost sharing reduction payment reconciliation reporting process. On Friday, September 26, 2014, CMS released...more

A Recent Reminder of the Sovereign Acts Doctrine

The sovereign acts doctrine provides that the federal government, when sued as a contractor, cannot be held liable for an obstruction to the performance of the particular contract resulting from its public and general acts as...more

D.C. Circuit Supports Government Contractors’ Reliance on Supplier Certification of TAA Compliance in Qui Tam Suit

In a qui tam whistleblower suit under the False Claims Act, the D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court finding that a federal contractor reasonably relied on certifications of Trade Agreements Act compliance from its...more

The Ins and Outs of NAICS Code Appeals

In this time of heightened competition on all federal procurements, it is critically important that small business contractors use the tools at their disposal to help them stay competitive and secure work. ...more

Promoting the False Claims Act By Dismissing Meritless Qui Tam Actions

The False Claims Act's qui tam action is a distinctive and atypical form of litigation. Through the qui tam mechanism, Congress created a unique way for the United States to recover for false claims by empowering private...more

Pitfalls to Avoid: Common Mistakes in SDO Presentations

In my previous legal capacity as an Associate General Counsel working under a Department of Defense (DOD) Suspension and Debarment Official (SDO), I observed a vast spectrum of styles and approaches in SDO meetings where...more

Government Contracting, The False Claims Act and the Art of Voluntary Disclosures

With so many personal gadgets needing daily recharging, desktop hard drives running 24 hours a day, and DVRs recording movies that run while we’re asleep, do you wonder where all that electricity is coming from? The next big...more

Federal Court in District of Columbia Dismisses Whistleblower Claims of Former Fannie Mae Employee

On August 25, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a claim brought by a former employee of Fannie Mae alleging violations of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the...more

You’re NOT Paranoid – the Agencies ARE Ganging Up

Feeling a bit paranoid these days, especially where government oversight or agency investigations are involved? Your perception of reality is probably being driven less by paranoia and more by the upticks in government...more

Government Contracting and Procurement Update: Public Access to Trade Secrets in Proposals and Bid Documents in Maine

Those doing business with the State of Maine need to know their way around public records laws. What is the risk that sensitive business information included within a bid response to a request for proposal (RFP) may become...more

OFCCP Argument for Expansive Scope of Desk Audit May be Weakened

A federal trial court in Texas has entered an agreed order granting a joint motion for voluntary dismissal filed by the parties in Frito-Lay v. Department of Labor. As discussed in our prior Alert, in Frito-Lay, the company...more

2014 Intelligence Authorization Act Imposes Cyber Breach Reporting Requirement on Intelligence Community Contractors - Many...

The federal government must publish new procedures 90 days after the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act is signed. These procedures will become effective upon publication. Intelligence community contractors will be...more

Some Surprises in DOL’s Just Issued Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda

On Friday, May 23, 2014, the White House, through its executive branch and other federal agencies, issued the Spring 2014 edition of the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. Published twice a year, the agencies’ regulatory agendas...more

Victory in House of Representatives for Improvements to WOSB Federal Contract Program

On May 7, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 2014-01, instituting a five-year moratorium on the OFCCP enforcement over TRICARE subcontractors. The moratorium applies to health...more

HHS OIG Proposes Rule to Expand Exclusion Authorities

On May 9, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule that would significantly expand the exclusion regulations applicable to persons or entities...more

Broad Duty To Consult Is New Norm Under ESA In 9th Circ.

Recently, the Ninth Circuit sitting en banc issued a landmark decision regarding the consultation provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The consultation provisions require any federal agency that authorizes, funds or...more

Ten myths of government contracting: Myth No. 3: The contracting officer isn’t really our customer

One of the most significant differences between commercial contracting and Government contracting is the presence and importance of a person called the “Contracting Officer.” There is really no commercial equivalent of the...more

Federal Circuit Decision Settles GAO/COFC Split on Agency’s Use of Cooperative Agreements

In March, the Federal Circuit settled a split between the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the Court of Federal Claims that focused on the gray area between cooperative agreements and procurement contracts. Siding...more

OFCCP Withdraws Claim Regarding TRICARE Jurisdiction

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) dismissed OFCCP’s 2008 complaint against Florida Hospital of Orlando. In its Order of Dismissal, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) reported that OFCCP...more

Davis-Bacon CityCenterDC Case

In a recent decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Amy Jackson held that the Davis-Bacon Act (“Davis-Bacon”) did not apply to a privately-funded development of privately-maintained...more

Obama Raises Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

In his fifth State of the Union speech, President Obama announced that he planned to issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 per hour, up from the current federal...more

District Court Rejects Challenge to Section 503 Final Rule

On Friday, March 21, 2014, Federal District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in favor of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) recent rule implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, denying a...more

OFCCP Agrees to 5-Year Enforcement Moratorium for TRICARE Providers

In a letter to congressional leaders on March 11, 2014, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will issue a directive establishing a five-year moratorium...more

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