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Department of Energy Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation Alert

On April 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation for renewable energy and efficient energy projects and facilities. The draft solicitation is...more

Congressional Panel Explores International Experience with Public-Private Partnerships

On Tuesday, April 8th, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Panel on Public-Private Partnerships held a hearing on "The International Experience with Public-Private Partnerships". The Panel focused in particular on...more

DOE Announces Two Programs Supporting Renewable and Clean Energy

Last week the United States Department of Energy (the DOE) announced two programs supporting the Obama administration’s commitment to renewable energy development. On April 16, the DOE released a draft solicitation for up to...more

Indiana Achieves Commercial Close on its Second Availability Payment P3

Indiana closed its second availability payment-based P3 project, the I-69 Section 5 project. "Section 5" is the fifth of six planned sections to link Evansville, Indiana with Indianapolis. The RFQ for Section 5 was...more

Supreme Court Rewrites the Rules for Individual Campaign Contributions: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

On April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered the McCutcheon decision, addressing the facial validity of Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (the “BCRA”). This case involved a...more

Dewonkify – Outlays

Term: Outlays - Definition: Outlays refers to the actual disbursement of funds by the U.S. Treasury to meet obligations incurred by the federal government. They are typically referred to as spending or expenditures....more

P3 101— Is Your Local Legal Team Ready to Help on a P3 Project?

For many U.S. construction businesses, the term “P3” may conjure images of “the big catch”—much discussed but rarely seen, at least not at your fishing hole. While the public-private partnership model has long been used in...more

Crimea River: U.S. Rushes to Impose Sanctions

The situation with respect to U.S. sanctions related to Russia and Ukraine is evolving rapidly. As we previously reported, on March 6, 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13660, which authorized the blocking of...more

Electrify Africa Act: Catalyzing Investment Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

On February 27, 2014, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed H.R. 2548, the Electrify Africa Act, to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, through a comprehensive U.S. government approach to electricity...more

Big Payout Rings Bank of America Fraud Trial

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. - Thomas Jefferson - Edward O'Donnell, a former executive at Countrywide Financial, Inc., may collect up to $1.6 million under an almost forgotten...more

NASA Proposed Rule: Clarification of Profit and Fee on Federal Financial Assistance Awards (RIN 2700-AD79)

NASA is proposing to revise the NASA Grant & Cooperative Agreement Handbook to clarify that the agency does not pay profit or fee on Federal Financial Assistance awards (i.e., grants and cooperative agreements) to non-profit...more

Russian Legislation Update - 10 February – 2 March 2014

In This Issue: - Banking - Anti-Money Laundering - Concession Agreements - Public Procurement - Employment/Foreign Citizens - Court Practice: Bankruptcy - Excerpt from Banking - On 25...more

White House Backs the $2.2 Billion Purple Line

On Tuesday, March 4th federal officials recommended the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line Public-Private Partnership Project ("Purple Line") to receive $100 million in federal construction money as part of the...more

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - February 2014

In our ongoing coverage of the 2013 release of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) “Super Circular”, we provide further information and guidance from OMB, through the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR)....more

Miami-Dade Mayor Emphasizes The Importance Of P3s

During his State of the County Address this week, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez emphasized the importance of following the national trend of increasing public-private partnerships (P3s) to “tackle the urgent challenge of...more

Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes Georgia Senate to Pave Way for Widespread P3 in Georgia

Georgia may soon join the growing ranks of states with broad enabling legislation for all forms of public-private partnerships (or P3). Senate Bill 255 (2013) passed the Georgia State Senate on Monday, February 24, 2014, by a...more

California Successor Agencies Rejoice: IFD Law Now Includes Redevelopment Project Areas

In a move that should make successor agencies to redevelopment agencies happy, a new law was passed and approved by the Governor on February 18, 2014 (AB 471) that, among other things, amends Section 53395.4 of the California...more

Open for investment: How Mexico is paving the way for infrastructure investors

A step-change for Mexican infrastructure - Mexico enacted its new federal public-private partnership (PPP) law, Ley de Asociaciones Público Privadas (Law on Public-Private Partnerships), in January 2012. The...more

DOJ Obtains Settlement In FHA False Claims Act Case

On February 4, the DOJ announced the filing and simultaneous settlement of a complaint by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against a mortgage lender alleged to have violated the False Claims Act...more

Have You Noticed? Pilot Program Protects Federal Grant Workers from Whistleblower Retaliation

A pilot program enacted by Congress went into effect last spring to protect whistleblowers who are working on federal grants. While it remains under the radar, this program is worth your review, as it not only imposes new...more

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its final “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.” This guidance is applicable to...more

Business News Digest – February 2014

In this issue: - Securities Enforcement and Compliance - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Food & Drugs - Government Contracts - Healthcare - Intellectual Property -...more

Social Impact Bonds

What is a Social Impact Bond? With increasing demand on limited public resources, national and local governments are recognizing the need for a new approach to social services that emphasizes the identification of...more

USDOT Official Comments on P3s

Victor Mendez, Acting Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, participated this morning in a Bloomberg Government panel entitled “America on the Move: Investing in U.S. Infrastructure.” In a wide-ranging...more

House Transportation Committee Establishes Panel on Public-Private Partnerships

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV) announced the creation of a special committee panel to examine public-private partnerships (P3s) in the...more

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