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Court Awards Nearly $280 Million in Treble Damages Against Former FHA Lender

by Goodwin on

On September 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an opinion and order against two former mortgage companies and their former president and CEO. The order, which followed a previous jury...more

Revoked: CMS's New Take on Record Retention and Access

Recently, we have noticed an alarming increase within the Spilman footprint of revocations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") of physicians' Medicare billing privileges. In particular, CMS has been...more

Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors Increased Effective January 1, 2018

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage for federal contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658 will be $10.35/ hour. The announcement was made via posting in the federal...more

Further Hurricane Relief for Federal Contractors: No Citation for Late Veterans Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that federal contractors will not be cited for filing their VETS-4212 reports late—as long as they are filed by November 15, 2017. The DOL has made the change in another...more

Department of Justice use of Parallel Proceedings

by Dickinson Wright on

Corporations and individuals engaged in a heavily regulated industry, particularly those doing business with the federal government, stand a good chance of being called upon to provide information related to a government...more

2018 "Contractor Minimum Wage" Rate Released

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Labor Department has published the 2018 wage-rate floor required by Executive Order 13658, "Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors". Beginning on January 1, 2018, the minimum rate will increase by 15 cents per...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Department of Veterans Affairs Withdrawal of Proposed Rule. Federal Register, September 1, 2017. Retrieved from federalregister.gov - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a rule in...more

VETS-4212 Filing Deadline Extended

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

VETS has announced a 45-day extension to the 2017 VETS-4212 filing deadline. The deadline has been extended from September 30, 2017 to November 15, 2017. In a post on it’s website, VETS stated-...more

New Federal Contracts Providing Hurricane Relief Get Some Relief From OFCCP Requirements

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the agency will support Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts in a number of ways, including by relaxing federal contractors’ requirements on a...more

Substantively Non-Protestable Issues (Post-Award Protest Primer #8)

In our last post, we discussed a few procedural rules that can exclude an otherwise meritorious ground from protest. There are also a number of substantive issues that the GAO’s rules exclude from review. See 4 C.F.R. §...more

San Diego Enacts Pay Equity Ordinance for City Contractors

The City of San Diego joined a growing list of state and local jurisdictions by enacting a pay equity ordinance on July 31, 2017. The Equal Pay Ordinance requires city contractors to certify in writing that they will...more

LabCorp Settles With OFCCP For Alleged Bias In Hiring And Compensation

Laboratory Corporation of America has agreed to pay approximately $200,000 to resolve a matter with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. According to the Conciliation Agreement between the parties, the OFCCP found...more

OIG issues Advisory Opinion on a Retail Pharmacy’s Paid Membership Program Which Includes Federal Health Care Program...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On September 7, 2017, the OIG posted an advisory opinion regarding a retail pharmacy chain’s proposal to extend to federal health care program beneficiaries the option to participate in a paid membership program that includes...more

Engaging in Political Activities? Know Your Safe Harbors and Stay Compliant

Interacting with public officials and public employees is necessary for many businesses and nonprofit organizations. No one should be discouraged from engaging public officials and public employees on public policy. In fact,...more

When Is a Low Price a Problem? Understanding Realism.

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Contractors are often confused after receiving a debriefing during which the Government states the contractor’s proposed price was too low. The disappointed offeror wonders, why would the Government want to pay a higher...more

NAICS Code Appeals: One Size Does Not Fit All

The federal government sets aside many contracts for small businesses, but not all small business set-asides are created equal. Instead, different size standards define small business status for different procurements. The...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Post-Labor Day Report

by Littler on

Labor Day once again served as an occasion for many policymakers around the country to focus on laws and regulations governing the workplace. The holiday capped a relatively quiet month in Washington as lawmakers left town...more

Government Response to Increasing Cyber Threats

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Government agencies collect and hold massive amounts of personally identifiable information (PII), creating valuable targets for cybercrime. Recently proposed legislation would impose baseline standards for cyber hygiene on...more

Are The OFCCP And The EEOC Merging? Signs Point To “No."

Based on a recent Senate appropriations bill, it appears that the Trump Administration’s plan to merge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has stalled. The...more

Government Crackdown On Health Care Fraud And Opioid Prescription Abuse

by Roetzel & Andress on

Recent actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) evidence that prosecution of health care fraud and crackdowns on opioid abuse[1] remain high on the Government’s agenda. On July 13, 2017, the Government announced...more

U.S. Senate Opposes OFCCP/EEOC Merger Proposal

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In budget measures last week both the U.S. Senate and House signaled the proposed merger between OFCCP and EEOC will soon be nothing but a distant memory. This action comes on the heels of a recent letter from OFCCP Acting...more

Illinois Announces Winning Bids for New Wind and Solar Project REC Contracts

by Bryan Cave on

Pursuant to Section 16-111.5 (e) of the Illinois Public Utilities Act, the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”) convened a special meeting on September 7, 2017, to vote on whether to approve the recommendations of the...more

Practical Tips for Owners and Contractors Impacted By Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Anyone watching what has happened in Houston, and what is predicted to happen in Florida, immediately thinks about the safety and well-being of those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Once the rain stops, the water...more

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion to Pharmacy

On September 7, 2017, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an Advisory Opinion to the owner of a retail pharmacy chain (Pharmacy) that would allow Federal health care program beneficiaries to participate in a paid...more

Disaster Relief Contracting: How to Avoid the Pitfalls

by Blank Rome LLP on

Hurricane Harvey’s damage to Texas and other areas is virtually unprecedented and is already estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars. And Hurricane Irma, hurtling towards Florida, could likewise cause catastrophic...more

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