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First Impressions of the President's Proposed FY18 Budget for Labor and Employment Agencies

On May 23, 2017, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget proposal—a more detailed and developed version (it’s nearly 1300 pages long) of the so-called “skinny” budget that was released in March of 2017....more

State aid schemes to support investments (Romanian)

by Dentons on

The Ministry of Public Finance announced that between 12.06.2017 – 23.06.2017 there will be a new session for registering Financing Requests based on the provisions of Government Decision 332/2014 (as subsequently modified by...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS - Proposed Rule to Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles - The Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) is proposing to amend...more

Third Circuit Weighs in on Materiality for First Time Since Escobar

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A recent circuit court decision will be a welcome development for False Claims Act defendants because it reinforces a significant pleading hurdle for claims to proceed, with the court citing lack of government intervention as...more

OFCCP Versus Google: The Battle Continues.

I posted in January about a lawsuit filed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs against Google, seeking to force Google to provide detailed information about its equal employment practices and affirmative...more

GAO Review Calls for Greater Oversight of DoD’s “Pilot” Mentor-Protégé Program

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released results from its investigation into the effectiveness of the Department of Defense (DoD) Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program. In accordance with the National Defense...more

GAO Bid Protests - Impacts of a Government Shutdown

by Jones Day on

The Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") has begun the preparations for a potential government shutdown, ordering agencies to review and update their shutdown plans. Only a few days remain for Congress to pass (and the...more

Top unmanned aircraft systems developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies are not new to game-changing technology innovations. It is therefore no surprise that a number of ADG companies are early investors in unmanned aircraft systems...more

FOIA for Federal Contractors: Finding New Uses for a Familiar Tool

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) updates bookended the Obama administration. We previously covered the 2007 congressional update that immediately preceded Obama’s taking office. We now offer insight into how federal...more

Agency First! – CBCA Refuses Jurisdiction over Contractor’s Challenge of Wage Rate Adjustments Despite Final Decision from...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On March 31, 2017, the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) dismissed a contractor’s claims against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a lack of jurisdiction, stating that the contractor should...more

ALJ Rules that OFCCP Exceeded its Authority in Demanding Certain Employee Compensation Data from Google

by FordHarrison on

In January, the OFCCP filed an administrative complaint against Google for denying access to records in violation of applicable federal affirmative action laws and implementing regulations. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)...more

Protecting Information in the Competitive Bidding

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

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

Federal Health Care Leaders Write Governors About New Direction for Medicaid

While much of the attention related to health care this week is focused on our nation’s capital, all 50 state governors have received a letter from recently confirmed U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price and...more

Timing is Everything – GAO Refuses to Apply Jurisdiction Retroactively

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

As we previously reported here and here, between October 1 and December 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) lacked jurisdiction to hear most civilian agency task order protests (its jurisdiction over protest...more

Recent GAO Decision Gives Ammunition To Protesters Challenging Technical Specifications

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In the course of responding to a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) or Request for Quotations (“RFQ”), have you ever encountered technical specifications that you regard as unreasonable?  Have you ever wondered why the Government...more

GAO Upholds Waiver(s) of OCI Allegations

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On January 30, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its decision denying Concurrent Technologies Corp.’s (CTC) protest of the U.S. Navy’s award of a support contract for the Navy Manufacturing Technology...more

Proof by Proxy in FCA Suits? District Court Says It Depends

by Morgan Lewis on

Admissibility of statistical sampling to prove liability in FCA suit is fact dependent. In a February 14, 2017 decision, the Fourth Circuit declined to rule on the question of whether statistical sampling can be used to...more

Fourth Circuit Takes a Pass on Statistical Sampling, Finds DOJ's Settlement Veto Authority Unreviewable

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

After granting the relators’ petition for an interlocutory review of the district court’s rejection of the use of statistical sampling to establish FCA liability, the Fourth Circuit ultimately declined to reach that issue in...more

So You Want To Supplement The Record At Claims Court

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Defining the administrative record is a key aspect of litigating bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. From the time a protest is filed, the parties must carefully navigate which evidence may be considered by...more

Warning Shot Fired (Finally) at Improper DCAA Cost Disallowance Basis

For a number of years, contractors have been required to expend substantial sums challenging baseless legal theories initiated by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and rubber-stamped by the Defense Contract Management...more

The White House’s Revisions to its Breach Response Policy For Federal Agencies and Departments Also Affect Contractors

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On January 3, 2017, the Obama Administration issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies setting for a comprehensive policy for handling breaches of personally identifiable information (the “Memorandum”),...more

OFCCP Sues Google, Seeking Pay Data

On January 4, 2017, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sued Google, claiming that the tech giant is illegally withholding information about the compensation it provides its employees.  OFCCP seeks...more

Protesters’ Paradise at the GAO? Understanding the Rapid Rise in the GAO’s FY 2016 Bid Protest Sustain Rate

by McCarter & English, LLP on

As a bid protest lawyer, one of the most frequent questions I hear from companies considering whether to pull the trigger and file a pre- or post-award bid protest is “Can we win?” My response – regardless of the meritorious...more

UPDATE: GAO Jurisdiction over Task Order Protests Valued at More Than $10 Million Restored

On December 14, 2016, President Obama signed H.R. 5995 into law, removing the sunset provision from 41 U.S.C. § 4106 for jurisdiction over task order protests valued at more than $10 million. The GAO Civilian Task and...more

Legislation Restores GAO Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction (for Good this Time?), But Introduces New Differences Between...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On December 8, 2016, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 previously passed by the House, and the legislation is pending President Obama’s signature. Once signed, Section 835 of the NDAA...more

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