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Top Public Finance Attorneys Urge Regulatory Changes to Foster More P3’s

We all know how hard it is to change federal statutes these days—you need an Act of Congress and the President to sign the bill. Last week, a group of the top public finance lawyers in the US offered an approach relating to...more

No Good News for Small Businesses in Recent GAO Decision

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a decision in the matter of FedServ-RBS JV, LLC, B-411790, October 26, 2015, that offers little assurance for small companies seeking to form SBA-approved joint...more

Quicken Loans Takes on the DOJ & HUD

Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed mortgage lender, filed suit on Friday, April 17 in the United States District Court in Detroit against the United States Department of Justice...more

Guidelines for SBA Guaranteed Loans to Franchisees to Change

TODAY, APRIL 7, 2015 IS LAST DAY FOR INPUT TO U.S. SBA - The U.S. Small Business Administration has requested comments from interested parties regarding its consideration of the factors the agency deems relevant to the...more

FCA Matters: Department of Justice Touts Record Recoveries in False Claims Act Cases (2/15)

The U.S. Department of Justice collected a record $5.69 billion through settlements and judgments in False Claims Act cases during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, according to a recent announcement by DOJ...more

U.S. Department of the Interior Launches Online Data Portal Giving Access To Revenue Data

Last Thursday, December 11, 2014, the Department of the Interior (“DOI”) became the latest governmental agency to open the doors to some of its data via a new online portal located at https://useiti.doi.gov/....more

FSOC Criticized by Government Accountability Office, but GAO Report Misses Critical Substantive Improvements; FRB Begins to...

The U.S. Government Accountability Office just issued a report on the Financial Stability Oversight Council's (“FSOC”) systemically important financial institution (“SIFI”) designation process, entitled “Further Actions Could...more

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

OMB Revises and Consolidates Rules Governing Most Federal Grants

In the final days of 2013, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released for publication long-awaited final guidance on administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements pertaining to...more

Cities and Counties Must Provide Report Before Approving Economic Development Subsidies to Businesses

New Law Applies to Subsidies of $100,000 or More - Gov. Brown last week signed into law AB 562, legislation that will require all cities and counties to provide a report to the public before approving any economic...more

Brief in “SolarCity” Cash Grant Litigation Provides Insight into Strategy

Covington & Burling’s reply brief to the government’s brief in support of its motion to dismiss provides insight into SolarCity’s strategy. The complaint appears to be as much about providing SolarCity with leverage in...more

2013 Enforcement Predictions

I always like to make predictions at the beginning of each year. My track record is plus and minus – sometimes on target, sometimes off-target. The biggest story in the last five years has been the rise of FCPA...more

Off the Beaten Path: The Federal Circuit Departs From Precedent in Lumbermens

On August 23, 2011, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area was surprised and shocked by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8, leading to the evacuation and temporary closing of multiple public and private buildings, and...more

Ownership of Inventions Funded with Federal Research Grants

The FY-2012 National Defense Authorization Act reauthorized the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs through 2017. Administered by the U.S. Small Business...more

An Update on Sequestration and Government Contractors

Overview. “Sequestration” refers to automatic federal spending cuts put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The cuts go into effect January 2, 2013, unless Congress passes legislation to avoid that result. The...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 17, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Solar VC funding plummets; U.S. Military Sticks to its Guns with Large Renewable Installations; Solyndra Sues Suntech Holdings Over Antitrust Claims; How the U.S. Is Getting More...more

Section 1603 Renewable Energy Treasury Grant Program Update: IRS and OIG Audits and Sequestration Haircuts

Two recent developments may impact Section 1603 renewable energy Treasury grant program awards: (1) audits of grant recipients by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General...more

New Executive Order on Iran Places U.S. Parents and Their Foreign Subsidiaries at Risk of U.S. Sanction

President Obama on October 9, 2012 issued the Executive Order required by Section 218 of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. The new Order for the first time applies Iranian sanctions to...more

Section 342 of Dodd-Frank Intersects With Employment Law

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) celebrated its two-year anniversary this past July. At that time, the Act drew much attention from the media and political pundits because of its...more

Client Alert: WARN Act and Sequestration—What Course to Follow?

If you provide goods or services to the Department of Defense as a prime contractor or subcontractor, you may be concerned about the sequestration of funds beginning January 2, 2013 and its impact on your business. Worrying...more

SEC Adopts New Disclosure Rules For Extractive Industries

On August 22, 2012, the SEC adopted rules mandated by Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which added a new section Section 13(q) to the Exchange Act....more

$7B in Contracting Opportunities for Renewable Energy Projects

U.S. Army issues an RFP to secure locally generated renewable and alternative energy. On August 7, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its long-awaited request for proposal (RFP) to procure up to $7 billion worth of...more

Maximizing Your Investment: Important Issues to Consider When Investing in Government Contracting Concerns

Originally published in NVCA Today - August 2012. Private equity and venture capital firms have grown increasingly comfortable with investing in the government contracting space, with several making significant...more

The “Greatest” Risk of All – The False Claims Act

Companies complain about the burdens of anti-corruption compliance. They need to put things in perspective. The “greatest” risk of them all may be the False Claims Act (FCA). FCA violations can lead to severe...more

The Cuts Are Coming, Payments May Not Be: How Defense Contractors Can Prepare

Government contractors are facing a year of unprecedented uncertainty. Three things contribute to this: (1) reduced funding requested by the Pentagon; (2) the prospect of sequestration (the automatic cuts triggered when a...more

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