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2017 Brings Changes to the Federal Executive Branch Gift Rules

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) recently amended the executive branch gift rules, which became effective on January 1, 2017. The changes include clarifications to existing exceptions that are frequently used as well as...more

SEC – Government Contracts Firm Settle Internal Controls Action

Internal controls has been at the center of a number of Commission enforcement actions in recent months. Its most recent action in this area focuses on a firm that recognized revenue in a manner that was inconsistent with its...more

Overcoming the obstacles and realizing the benefits of a chapter 11 healthcare restructuring

Many healthcare businesses, both for-profit and not-for-profit, have faced financial distress. Among the factors that may contribute are lower reimbursement rates, changes in the delivery of services, regulatory shifts, and...more

National Mortgage Lender Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $48 Million

On December 28, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $48 million settlement with a national mortgage lender, resolving allegations that the lender violated the False Claims Act by underwriting and endorsing...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2016 #5

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Payment of Subcontractors - On January 20, 2016, the Department of Defense, Government Accountability Office, and National Aeronautic and...more

Jury Verdict in Declined Civil FCA Action Need Not Bar Criminal Prosecution for Same Conduct

The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act allow private citizens to file FCA claims on behalf of the government. The government may elect to intervene in the action—or it may not. The United States District Court for...more

This Month in Corruption: Snapshots of the Public Trust Betrayed

If I were back in the newspaper business, I’d probably write a lead for this article with the cliché that “crime never takes a holiday.” Yes, clichés are the first resort of lazy scribes, but the good thing is, they are...more

DOJ False Claims Act recoveries – implications for the health industry

The US Department of Justice Civil Division released its False Claims Act (FCA) recovery statistics for Fiscal Year 2016 on December 13, 2016, announcing that it had recovered $4.76 billion. This represents an increase of...more

"Developments: Applying Federal Pay-to-Play Rules to Trump/Pence Inaugural and Transition Committees"

For financial institutions subject to federal pay-to-play rules (SEC Rule 206(4)-5 for investment advisers, MSRB Rule G-37 for municipal bond underwriters and municipal advisors, and CFTC Rule 23.451 for swap dealers),...more

U.S. Department of Justice Recovered More Than $4.7 Billion From Civil False Claims Act Cases in 2016

On December 14, 2016 the United States Department of Justice made its annual announcement of the amount of money recovered in civil False Claims Act settlements and judgments in Fiscal Year 2016. ...more

Unfair and Unbalanced-Episode 14 [Video]

In this episode SCCE CEO Roy Snell and I continue are exploration of issues of import to the compliance profession. We consider the penalty assessed by the NCAA on Notre Dame for it use of two ineligible football players and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2016 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors - The Department of Defense (“DOD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) have issued an...more

Tax break for infrastructure projects

To implement the G20/OECD base erosion and profit shifting project, the 2016 Budget announced measures limiting tax deductions that companies can claim from their interest expenses (read DLA Piper's earlier client alert on...more

Mentor-Protégé Joint Venturing: Friend or Foe?

With the arrival of the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, the question of how to structure teaming relationships has come to the forefront of many contractors’ minds. This is especially true because companies in approved...more

U.S. Government to Release Its National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On Friday, December 16, the Government of the United States will release its long-awaited National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. ...more

NDAA Makes Changes to the SDVOSB Programs and Authorizes GAO Jurisdiction to Hear Task Order Protests

Congress often includes provisions dealing with small business programs in its annual National Defense Authorization Act. 2016 was no exception. This year, In Section 1832, Congress has attempted to provide some...more

Loss Contingency Disclosures - A Warning from the SEC

Companies frequently struggle with how to account for loss contingencies and when to make the related disclosures. A recent complaint by the SEC against RPM International, Inc. and its General Counsel highlights the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - FAR Amendment Proposal to Implement Section of NDAA 2016 - The Department of Defense (“DOD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration...more

Jury Issues $92 Million Verdict Under the False Claims Act Against Mortgage Companies and CEO

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas announced that a federal jury in the Southern District of Texas issued a verdict finding several related mortgage companies and their CEO liable in...more

Buyer Beware: Lessons of Disclosure Learned the Hard Way

Government contractors are learning the hard way that agencies need to be kept apprised of major changes within the company during the entire period of bid evaluations. Most recently, the Government Accountability Office...more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

5 Key Takeaways from My Long List of Regulatory Changes Shared at ECVC2016

As 2016 draws to a close with a major political transition underway in Washington, D.C., organizations already dealing with a rapidly evolving regulatory environment now face uncertainty regarding whether some of the new...more

How to Succeed Under SBA’s New Mentor-Protege Program

As of November 1st, SBA’s certify.sba.gov portal is operational and accepting applications for the new Small Business Mentor-Protégé program. By now, you’ve heard of the program and are considering its potential value for...more

"Reminder: Maryland Pay-to-Play Report Due November 30"

We wish to remind you that companies with one or more Maryland state or local government contracts worth at least $200,000 are required to file semiannual pay-to-play reports with the Maryland State Board of Elections by May...more

"Post-Election Issues"

Now that the 2016 elections are over, we must contend with special legal issues that arise from contributions made to, and expenses incurred for, federal, state or local inaugural or transition committees, as well as recounts...more

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