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OIG finds CFPB headquarters renovation costs to be reasonable

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB (OIG) has issued a report on the results of its audit of the construction costs for the CFPB’s Washington, D.C. headquarters renovation. The renovation costs have been the...more

Actions Foreshadow Uniform Cybersecurity Regulations for Federal Contractors - Two Recent Executive Agency Actions Lay the...

Federal government contractors handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) should take notice of two recent executive agency actions. Combined, they lay the groundwork for a new cybersecurity clause to be added to the...more

Canadian Procurement Changes are Good News for the Bureau’s Leniency Program

On July 3, 2015, the Government of Canada announced changes to its Integrity Regime for suppliers. Under the existing regime, suppliers convicted of certain offences, including Competition Act offences such as price-fixing...more

Call Answered: Supreme Court to Decide if Offer of Judgment Moots TCPA Class Action and Scope of Gov’t Contractor Liability

On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action. The case raises two related questions that are the source of frequent litigation...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez

In a move that may greatly impact litigation under the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act (TCPA) and potentially other acts that provide statutory damages for violations, the high court will hear arguments in a case questioning...more

MACRA’s Advancement of EHR Interoperability and Telehealth

This is the fourth and final post in our series on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Pub.L. No. 114-10. We’ve previously covered the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in our April 20th post,...more

Health Care E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - Health Care Reform in America: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - The Federal False Claims Act - Violations of Conditions of Payment or Conditions of Participation? - State Regulatory...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Urging Companies to Share Cybersecurity Threat Data

Speaking at the White House’s Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University this month, President Obama announced that an Executive Order was signed on February 13, urging private sector companies to...more

California’s Insurance Fraud Prevention Act: 3 unsettled issues the health sector should understand

California’s Insurance Frauds Prevention Act, Ins. Code §§ 1871 et seq. (IFPA), is an unusual false claims statute. It allows “interested persons” (aka whistleblowers or relators) to file false claims lawsuits based on the...more

UK Electricity Market Reform

On 16 October 2014, the first CfD allocation round commences, with the first CfDs being signed as early as January 2015, subject to any mid-allocation round appeals. The attached “Contracts for Difference – On the Launchpad”,...more

GAO issues report on CFPB financial reporting deficiencies

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report that presents additional information regarding two significant deficiencies identified by the GAO in its audit of the CFPB’s FY 2013 and 2012 financial statements. The...more

White Collar Watch - January 2014

In This Issue: - SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Report shows best practices make for an effective compliance and ethics program - In unprecedented move, government seeks to extend the responsible...more

CFPB extends diversity standards proposal comment period

The CFPB has extended the period for filing comments on its proposed policy statement establishing standards for assessing the diversity policies and practices of regulated entities relating to employment and contracting with...more

Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?  [Video]

June 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trevor Timm, writer and activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about recent intelligence leaks surrounding the NSA's surveillance of American...more

United States Government Accountability Office GAO Report to Congressional Requesters

GAO Report on Independent Foreclosure Reviews Exposes OCC, Fed’s Plan to Deliberately Minimize Evidence of Borrower Harm

FORECLOSURE REVIEW Lessons Learned Could Enhance Continuing Reviews and Activities under Amended Consent Orders The Government Accountability Office released their second report on the Independent Foreclosure Reviews. At...more

Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- March 11‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - As the first full week of the Federal government’s sequestration comes to a...more

CFPB on sequester list

Although the CFPB receives its funding from the Federal Reserve and not through the congressional appropriations process, it is still on the list of agencies whose funding will be cut by the sequester. According to the report...more

Too Big to Exclude; Too Much Wrongdoing to Ignore

A 2007 audit initiated by a Medicare Program Safeguard Contractor (PSC) discovered that a North Carolina provider had a high incidence of inpatient billings for patients who did not stay in the hospital overnight. The PSC's...more

Hawaii SB768: Bill for an Act relating to Internet Gaming

Hawaii SB768: Bill for an Act relating to Internet Gaming. --- "BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII: [Excerpts] SECTION 1. The legislature finds that internet wagering on games of chance and...more

Solar Power Purchase Agreements: Tips and Tricks Part 1

Solar power panels on residential rooftops are an increasingly common sight these days. But the legal mechanics behind the development and delivery of solar power to consumers can be complex. There are several alternative...more

International Entities Need to Start Collection Efforts on Business Debt Early for Best Results

International companies that do business in the U.S. will at one time or another likely encounter a situation where a U.S.-based customer defaults on its debt. In this case, it is important for the international entity to...more

New Jersey False Claims Act Is Not Retroactive

Qui tam claims by whistleblowers or relators are most commonly brought under the federal False Claims Act for 15-30% of whatever funds the Government recoups from Medicare fraud as an example. Yet, some states have legislated...more

FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

FHFA’s Oversight of Fannie Mae’s Default-Related Legal Services

Why FHFA-OIG Did This Audit In 1997, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae or Enterprise) established its Retained Attorney Network (RAN) to acquire default-related legal services associated with foreclosure,...more

Bankruptcy Options for When You Can't Raise Your Debt Ceiling

It is an interesting comparison to watch what is going on Washington with their attempts to raise the debt ceiling and comparing that to your own debt issues. The government has bills to pay, no money, and so it wants its...more

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES- COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) letter asking the Inspector General of the FHFA to examine “widespread allegations of abuse by...

Cummings Applauds End of “Retained Attorney Network”; Warns That Fannie and Freddie Must Ensure that Foreclosure Lawyers Follow the Law Washington, DC (Nov. 9, 2012) Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the...more

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