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Mexican Agency Seeks Interested Parties for Backbone Network Project

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Telecomm, a Mexican government agency, issued an international Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) on May 12, 2017, for parties seeking to participate in the Backbone Network Project (Red Troncal). Background -...more

NISPOM Change 2 Deadlines Coming for Cleared Contractors

by Hogan Lovells on

As industry comes up on the one-year anniversary of the publication of Change 2 to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)1, a number of implementation deadlines are drawing near. This blog post...more

Insider Threat Program Awareness Training Deadline - Cybersecurity and Privacy Team Alert

In May 2016, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence issued a requirement for cleared government contractors to establish an “insider threat program” (ITP) to better protect national security networks from...more

ALJ Rules that OFCCP Exceeded its Authority in Demanding Certain Employee Compensation Data from Google

by FordHarrison on

In January, the OFCCP filed an administrative complaint against Google for denying access to records in violation of applicable federal affirmative action laws and implementing regulations. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In this week’s Common Sense entry, James Stewart lets us in on how an entity that loses so much money (Snap) could be worth so much [it gained 44 percent on its offering price in the first day of trading]. The answer is being...more

Public Information Act: Trade Secret Loophole Threatens Government Transparency

by Jackson Walker on

Do you trust your government (and what it does with your tax dollars)? If you answered, “No”—or even hesitated a bit—then you probably believe in government transparency. In Texas, a key to open government for citizens and...more

Northern District of Illinois Dismisses Whistleblower’s FCA Suit for Failing to Connect Allegations of Misconduct with Submission...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In United States ex rel. Keen v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., relator Janice Keen sued her former employer—the pharmaceutical company Teva—for violations of the FCA. According to Ms. Keen, Teva trained its sales force to...more

OFCCP Sues Google, Seeking Pay Data

On January 4, 2017, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sued Google, claiming that the tech giant is illegally withholding information about the compensation it provides its employees.  OFCCP seeks...more

DoD Finalizes Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing Rule

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On October 21, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule following-up on the interim rules it had issued on August 26 and December 30, 2015, regarding safeguarding contractor networks and purchasing cloud...more

FTC Holds Workshop on Effective Consumer Disclosures

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop last week on the effectiveness of consumer disclosures. Titled “Putting Disclosures to the Test”, the workshop featured a series of presentations on recent academic,...more

The FCC’s 2016 BBA Implementing Ruling Digested (Volume I): The 10 Things You NEED to Know Before Making Calls to Collect on...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On August 11, 2016 the FCC issued its long-awaited ruling implementing the 2016 Bi-Partison Balanced Budget Act (“BBA”) Amendment that carved out collection calls on government-backed debt from TCPA coverage. In re Rules &...more

NIST Recommends Against SMS as Second Authentication Factor

On July 29, Paul Grassi, the Senior Standards and Technology Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) posted an unusual blog regarding the new draft NIST Special Publication 800-63-3: Digital...more

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Cities have long been the center of economic growth in our country, and smart cities recognize that modern infrastructure is a key threshold issue to be addressed for successful economic development....more

Structuring Successful Broadband P3s

by Nossaman LLP on

Public entities have recently been looking for new ways to harness right of way (ROW) for broadband public-private partnership (P3) projects. Last year, the city of Santa Cruz made history by entering into a roughly $50...more

Federal government and their contractors immune from TCPA restrictions

Last week, on July 5, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an opinion stating that robocalls made by the federal government (or its contractors) are exempt from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

The FCC Rules Federal Government (and Maybe its Contractors) Are Immune from the TCPA

by Dentons on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its highly anticipated declaratory ruling on July 5, 2016 in which it determined that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not apply to calls made by or on...more

Federal Government and Its Contractors Exempt from the TCPA, FCC Rules

by Reed Smith on

TCPA class actions continue to plague companies around the country, but a recent FCC ruling means that one big caller doesn’t have to worry: the federal government, as well as its contractors. On July 5, the Federal...more

Do as We Say, Not as We Do: Government Agency (Deliciously) Exempts Itself—and the Rest of the Government—From the TCPA

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Happy Independence Day! While you were off barbecuing and lighting fireworks this weekend the FCC’s staff was feverishly working to give Uncle Sam a birthday present—free reign to robocall your cell phone! That’s right,...more

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

FCC Looking to Increase Eligibility for Reimbursement - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on a proposal to expand what services are eligible for reimbursement under the E-rate eligible services...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - June 2016

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

Final Blacklisting and Contractor Paid Sick Leave Rules Slated for Late Summer Publication, According to Spring Regulatory Agenda

by Littler on

Although this election season may feel endless, there are only six more months until voters decide the next president and members of Congress. Within this window, federal agencies are scrambling to finalize rules before the...more

Getting Started with E-Rate

by Ifrah PLLC on

Public schools and libraries in the U.S. can save a lot of money on Internet service by applying for the Schools and Libraries Program, a federal subsidy better known as E-Rate. E-Rate funding, capped yearly at $3.9...more

Abbott Laboratories Prevails in False Claims Act Case

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On April 7, 2016, following a three-week trial and after only three hours of deliberations, a federal jury in Dallas, Texas found that Abbott Laboratories had not violated the False Claims Act (FCA) when it marketed bile duct...more

Summary Judgment for Defendants in FCA Action: No Admissible Evidence of False Claims

by Reed Smith on

How much is “enough?” Will we have enough money to retire someday? Did the Drug and Device Law College Sophomore study enough for her computer science midterm? Is there enough salt in the matzo ball soup? In the realm of...more

In 10-1 Verdict, Jury Finds No FCA Violation by Abbott Laboratories

On April 7, 2016, after just three hours of deliberations following a three-week trial, a federal jury dismissed False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims against Abbott Laboratories brought by a whistleblowing former employee.  The...more

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