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Protecting Information in the Competitive Bidding

Growth in the DFW metroplex is booming, and the City of Flourish is one of the driving forces. Unfortunately, the City has had a difficult time keeping up its infrastructure with the growing population. Recently the City...more

Recycling Infrastructure Assets to Spur Infrastructure Investment

The Trump Administration has the admirable goal of encouraging infrastructure investment. One policy it may want to consider is promoting the recycling of existing municipal infrastructure assets. This policy was developed...more

The Transition to Value-Based Health Care: A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days

“A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days,” the inaugural segment of our value-based health care teleconference series, was hosted by Thomas Bulleit, who heads the Ropes & Gray health care practice in the...more

Congress Makes Confusing Changes to the VA's Verification Program

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), Pub. L. No. 114-328, which was signed into law on December 23, 2016, contains several notable changes to the current structure of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses.” Small Business Administration Press Release, March 16, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.sba.gov. Administrator Linda...more

Is the Time Ripe for New Jersey Pay-to-Play Reform?

For more than a decade, New Jersey has had in place a series of pay-to-play laws that impose reduced contribution limits and heightened disclosure requirements for government contractors. The goal of these laws is to ensure...more

President’s Budget Blueprint Increases Funds For Health Care Fraud Enforcement

The President has released a “budget blueprint” for fiscal year 2018. Although there are many aspects of the budget blueprint to digest, several budget items signal that government health care fraud enforcement remains a...more

The End is Near for “Fair Play and Safe Workplaces”

Last month, we outlined Congress’ plan to block the implementation of President Obama’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces executive order. Today, we report that the prognosis has grown even more grim for the former President’s...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces and its “executioner”: The Congressional Review Act

The U.S. Senate has passed, 49-48, a resolution of disapproval of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. The resolution of disapproval passed the House in February. If the President signs the resolution, as is expected,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #2

“Senate Narrowly Passes Repeal of Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule.” Government Executive, March 6, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.govexec.com. - The Senate narrowly approved, by a vote of 49-48, a House-passed...more

Trumpcare’s hit on the poor also would steal benefits from the middle-class elderly

Republicans have long fumed about the federal government’s role in health care, ever since Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor were both passed in 1965. Now, though, we’re at a crossroads, where a frontal...more

America’s Infrastructure Gets a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has issued their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which assigns a letter grade to the nation’s infrastructure....more

Infrastructure Plan Watch: Hearings, Meetings and a Speech… but no White House Proposal

The roller coaster “infrastructure” ride in Washington, D.C. continues. With bi-partisan and broad stakeholder interest from both the public and private sector in an infrastructure plan, Congress continues to hold hearings...more

How Will the EEOC Change Under the Trump Administration?

Employers, human resource professionals, and employment attorneys all have the same burning question on their minds – what is the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), with newly appointed...more

A Quicker Death for the Proposed Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations?

Since they were announced, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order and following regulations have elicited strong feelings from contractors resulting in an ongoing battle between Government and industry. Initiated in...more

Congress Invalidates Controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations

Earlier this week, on March 6, 2017, the Senate passed a joint resolution disapproving the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule (the “Rule”), which mandated contractor reporting of labor law violations, and had earned the...more

Senate Passes Disapproval Resolution of “Blacklisting” Regulations

Seyfarth Synopsis: By a vote of 49-48 last evening by the U.S. Senate, both Houses of Congress have now moved to rescind the regulations issued pursuant to President Obama’s Executive Order 13678, entitled Fair Pay and Safe...more

Trump’s Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Promise

A Trillion Dollar infrastructure investment is a good start, even though it’s highly unlikely that Congress would pass a bill requiring such a large expenditure. No one studying the issue doubts that the nation could probably...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Spotlight on Health Care and Regulatory Reform Under the Trump Administration

On February 28, 2017, President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, outlining a broad vision of his agenda. The Trump administration is widely expected to chart a dramatically different course on...more

Congress Repeals Controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations

Final closure for federal contractors awaits the president’s signature. On March 6, 2017, the US Senate voted in favor of House Joint Resolution 37 (H.J. Res. 37), which would repeal the regulations spurred by former US...more

Senate Kills Federal Contractor Work Safety Rule

On March 6, 2017, the Senate voted 49-48 to eliminate President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule was finalized in August 2016...more

New OIG Exclusion Authority Rule Set To Go Into Effect on March 21, 2017

On January 12, 2017, just a week prior to President Trump’s Inauguration, the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final Rule (Rule) regarding one of its most important...more

Impact of Brexit on UK Infrastructure

It’s been almost eight months since the EU referendum in the UK resulted in the Government’s decision to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union commencing formalities to exit the EU. In a short space of time,...more

Fair Pay and Safe Work Places Goes to President Trump

March 6, 2017, by a vote of 49-48, the Senate passed a house joint resolution disapproving the final rule implementing Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. The House previously passed the resolution in...more

Senate Votes to Disapprove Obama-Era Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The U.S. Senate has passed, by a single-vote margin, a joint resolution previously passed by the U.S. House that “disapproves” President Barack Obama’s 2014 Executive Order 13673: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, often called...more

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