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Update: Export Control Reform – One Year Later

It has now been over a year since the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative kicked off in October 2013 with revisions to four categories of the United States Munitions List (USML). Since then, 4 more rounds of changes...more

Large National Bank Faces Class Action Suit Over Alleged SCRA Violations

On January 15, an Army Reserve sergeant filed a class action suit against a large national bank for allegedly violating the SCRA limitation on a lender’s ability to foreclose on an active duty service member’s property. ...more

Department of Defense Updates Its Instruction for Acquisitions of Software and Weapons Systems

On January 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD” or “the Department”) released an update for DoD Instruction 5000.02, on the “Operation of the Defense Acquisition Service.” The new Instruction is designed to assist...more

New OFCCP FAQs Clarify Rules Regarding Collecting and Reporting Veterans Data

In an effort to address confusion resulting from the new VETS-4212 Form, OFCCP recently posted two new FAQs addressing issues related to collecting and reporting disclosure data. The first FAQ addresses whether contractors...more

Fourth Circuit Potentially Expands Scope of FCA Liability

On January 8, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in United States ex rel. Badr v. Triple Canopy Inc., embraced a theory of implied certification under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), representing a departure from prior Fourth...more

Court of Federal Claims Reaffirms VOSB/SDVOSB's Right to Due Process During Protests, Rejects VA's Interpretation of Revised...

Several months ago, we told you about Ambuild Company v. LLC v. U.S., a very important case pending before the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”). The AmBuild case was of particular interest to our firm because it concerned...more

UAS hearing yields details on systems research and development, but no timeline for small UAS rule

A House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on January 21 featured wide-ranging discussions of developing unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS,” sometimes called “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or “drones”), but no...more

Supreme Court Backs Whistleblowing Air Marshall

On January 21st, the Supreme Court affirmed a former air marshal's right to whistleblower protection relating to his leaking of air security plans to the media. The 7-2 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts in the...more

Blog: OFCCP Publishes New FAQs on the Collection of Self-Identification Information for Protected Veterans

On January 20, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published two Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) addressing what self-identification information contractors are required to solicit from...more

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

As highlighted in a report by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, a flood of counterfeit electronic parts from China threatens the reliability of sophisticated defense technologies from thermal weapon sights to advanced...more

Corps Issues New Compensatory Mitigation Guidelines for California

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division, has issued its “Final 2015 Regional Compensatory Mitigation and Monitoring Guidelines.” The Guidelines will apply in the Corps’ San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles,...more

Update: U.S. Ramps Up Ukraine-Related Sanctions Yet Again

On December 19th, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13685 specifically targeting Crimea and those responsible for the usurpation of the peninsula back in March. This latest EO was the forth in a series aimed at...more

ABA criticizes CFPB study on high-cost credit extended to servicemembers

The American Bankers Association has sent a letter to the Department of Defense “to alert the Department to shortcomings” in the CFPB’s study entitled “The extension of high-cost credit to servicemembers and their families”...more

Legal Minute: Cybersecurity Reporting Requirements for Government Contractors [Video]

Government Contracts Partner Mary Beth Bosco explains the new cyber breach reporting requirements for defense contractors based on the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. The NDAA...more

Employing Veterans May Help Avoid the ACA’s Employer Mandate

The new Republican Congress began its session with an attempt to narrow the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate by exempting certain veterans and their families from counting toward the number of employees at small...more

National Defense Authorization Act For 2015 Moves Forward In Senate

On December 12, 2014, the Senate passed a House amendment to the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA FY15). The final version of the NDAA FY15 places...more

CFPB Supports DoD’s Proposal to Expand Scope of Military Lending Act

On December 29, the CFPB released a report highlighting its concern that loopholes in the Military Lending Act (MLA) have allowed companies to offer costly credit products to military personnel and their families. The report...more

Congress Extends Foreclosure Postponements for Military Servicemembers

At the 11th hour (late December, 2014), Congress extended special provisions in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) (50 USC App §§501–597a) that mandate postponement of a foreclosure on a military servicemember's...more

Africa Update - January 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Court of Federal Claims Determines That Government Contractor May Recover for Losses Attributable to Omissions and Inaccuracies in...

Philadelphia Auth. for Indus. Dev. v. United States, 114 Fed. Cl. 519 (2014) - In this action, the United States Court of Federal Claims denied the Government’s motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, holding that...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Bars Second Arbitration Based On The Doctrine Of Res Judicata

An architectural firm contracted to provide architectural, engineering and design services for a state veterans home for a “not to exceed fee” of $61,500, which was calculated as a percentage of overall expected construction...more

CFPB & State Attorneys General Fine Retailer and Debt Collectors for Alleged Illegal Debt Collection Practices Against Military...

On December 18, the CFPB and the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia announced an enforcement action against three affiliated companies offering credit and financing services to military servicemembers. ...more

US Authorizes Sanctions and Export Controls Against Venezuela

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The legislation authorizes the United States to impose sanctions against certain...more

CFPB Weighs in on Department of Defense Military Lending Act Proposed Rule

On December 29, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report, entitled “The Extension of High-Cost Credit to Servicemembers and Their Families” (“Report”). According to the CFPB, the Report provides...more

Former St. Petersburg VA Attorney Files Whistleblower Suit

Javier Soto was at one point a Ratings Benefits Services Representative for the St. Petersburg region office of the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, after he released a report that spoke to the “poor, inept and...more

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