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Developer Selected to Build U.S.’s Longest Cable Stayed Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas

The Texas Transportation Commission has conditionally awarded a comprehensive development agreement to Flatiron/Dragados for the longest cable stayed bridge in the United States. The new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge will...more

Update: New Measures Adopted by Quebec to Promote Integrity in Public Contracts

On April 1, 2015, the Act to Ensure Mainly the Recovery of Amounts Improperly Paid as a Result of Fraud or Fraudulent Tactics in Connection with Public Contracts (Act) received assent following its unanimous adoption by...more

Suspensions and Debarments on the Rise – A Brief Review of the ISDC’s FY 2014 Stats

The upward trend of suspensions and debarments continued in FY 2014. According to the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (“ISDC”) Report to Congress, released March 31, 2015, while referrals to the suspending and...more

When it Comes to Crop Insurance, the FCA Bears Fruit

The federal crop insurance program is an often overlooked area of potential liability under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The program, which is governed by a substantial body of regulatory law, is subject to intense...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month in anticorruption developments, Canadian transportation giant faces scrutiny for alleged bribery in South...more

Indemnification May Not Be Available in Contracts with the State

Government contracts with the State of Ohio provide a number of potential opportunities for service contractors, but many contractors may be surprised to learn that the State will not agree to enter into any contract that...more

Blog: OFCCP Revises the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (the “OFCCP”) recently reduced the VEVRAA hiring benchmark for protected veterans from 7.2% to 7.0%. The hiring benchmark is intended to reflect the percentage of veterans in...more

New Moroccan PPP law

In order to facilitate the development of infrastructure projects, the Kingdom of Morocco recently created a new category of contracts implemented through the enactment of the law n°86-12 pertaining to public-private...more

The Federal Government Continues to Prosecute Royalty Underpayment Claims Under the False Claims Act

Earlier this month, John Walsh, U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, announced that upwards of $66,000 had been recovered from Slawson Exploration Company (Slawson) in a settlement for alleged violations under the...more

Texas Supreme Court Opinions - 4/24/15 (Part 2)

13-0053, State of Texas v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. - In this condemnation case, the issue was the proper valuation of a billboard site that was condemned as part of the widening of the Katy Freeway in Houston. ...more

Another Option for Speedy Relief from an Adverse Agency Action

A recent and novel decision by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) could have broader implications for small business contractors that hold federal supply schedule and multiple award contracts. ...more

More Federal Agencies Expand EEO Protection to LGBT Employees and Private Litigants Continue to File Lawsuits Based on Gender...

In my supervisor training sessions, I used to note that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sex, with a reminder that it applies to both sexes. In recent training sessions, however, I find that section now takes a...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #4

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Boeing Kickback Case Underscores Critical Importance of Compliance Programs - Government Contractors Must Be Proactive in...

In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." When the hero of the day is a company's compliance program, it's almost a surefire bet that that a tragedy is being written. But at the same...more

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal: No Surface Activity Means No Duty to Consult First Nations

In its recent decision in Buffalo River Dene Nation v. Saskatchewan (Energy and Resources), the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan held that the government was not required to consult the Buffalo River Dene Nation (BRDN) before...more

Court Rules: Standard for Evaluating Reimbursement of Skilled Nursing Medicare Claims Was Material Improvement

A False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit in Georgia was dismissed on March 31, 2015, after a federal district judge ruled that the government’s expert witnesses used the wrong standard to determine whether certain skilled therapy...more

Obama Administration Makes Significant Changes Requiring Revisions to Handbooks, Policies and Contracts for Federal Contractors

Federal contractors and subcontractors face significant challenges as the privilege of doing business with the federal government means more paperwork, more audits, and redrafting contract language and employment policies....more

U.S. Files Complaint Against Leading Non-Bank Mortgage Lender For Alleged Improper Underwriting Practices on FHA-Insured Loans...

On April 17, Quicken Loans filed a preemptive lawsuit against the DOJ and HUD in the Eastern District of Michigan against HUD, the HUD-IG, and DOJ, asserting that it “appears to be one of the targets (due to its large size)...more

The Medical-School-to-Prison Pipeline Continues to Widen

Physicians now appear to be more than ever at a greater risk of investigation for healthcare crimes, largely due to their “gatekeeping” function concerning a patient’s need for medical services and the government’s increased...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

Don’t Sit on Your Hands: Intervene at OHA If the NAICS Code Matters to You

A recent decision from the Federal Circuit clarified whether the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) has jurisdiction to review the selection of North American Industry Classification System (“NAICS”) codes and reminded small...more

Difficulty in Obtaining the Approval of an Individual Surety

In a recent decision issued by the United States Court of Federal Claims, Anthem Builders, Inc. v. United States, April 6, 2015, WL 1546437, the Court considered a protest involving the proposed use of an individual surety...more

Defense Department Releases Better Buying Power 3.0 Memorandum With New Focus On Cybersecurity

On April 9, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued a memorandum containing new directives to guide its procurement of new goods and services. The memorandum, the third in the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power initiative...more

Compliance: It Starts With A Village

A few weeks ago I had Mike Kenealy, COO of Insiders Integrity engage in a Q and A on “Just ‘Say No’ to Bribery but Prepare First. A Front Line Story,”. Last week, Mike shared with me a pro-bono project that he had sA few...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Published Competition Report for 2nd Quarter of FY 2015 - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued the Competition Report for the 2nd quarter for fiscal year 2015. The report identifies...more

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