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Army Attempted to Fire Whistleblower in Unearned Pay Scandal

Kenneth Delano, an Army civilian police officer, recently became aware of a situation in which he claims that other officers on the force were receiving more pay than they had earned. After he alerted his superiors to these...more

Quirky Question #244, An Update on Ebola

In Quirky Question #244, we discussed what employers should do to protect their employees and businesses in light of the potential Ebola threat. Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly 700 Minnesota National...more

CFPB praises change in military discretionary allotment system

CFPB Assistant Director for Servicemember Affairs Holly Petraeus has issued a statement applauding changes to the military discretionary allotment system announced last week by the Department of Defense (DoD). The...more

Minnesota National Guard to Fight Ebola in Liberia

Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly 700 Minnesota National Guard members to deploy to Liberia this spring to help fight the Ebola epidemic. The citizen-soldiers are scheduled to start training in March...more

CFPB highlights alleged credit reporting errors relating to discharged student loans of disabled veterans

In a new blog post, the CFPB provides credit reporting advice to service-disabled veterans who take advantage of federal student loan forgiveness available from the Department of Education for veterans who receive a 100...more

CFPB issues bulletin on consideration of public assistance income in credit decisions

The CFPB has issued a new bulletin (Bulletin 2014-03) that is intended “to remind creditors” of their ECOA/Regulation B obligations with respect to consideration of public assistance income and relevant standards and...more

Pets For Vets

We owe so much to the men and women who have fought for our country. In addition to the many who have died, many others come home with physical and emotional disabilities. It is estimated that up to 20% return with Post...more

BIS Ramps Up Restrictions on Trade With Venezuela

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) recently published a final rule adding to existing U.S. government restrictions on trade with Venezuela. The November 7th rule amends Section 744.21 of...more

"Expansion of Military End-Use Controls Creates Potential Pitfalls for Exporters"

On November 7, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a final rule implementing controls on exports, re-exports and transfers of a variety of goods, software and technologies for...more

SEC Brings Its Sixth Insider Trading Action As An Administrative Proceeding Since September

The SEC is clearly bringing more cases as administrative proceedings. To be sure, many of its “broken windows” actions are brought in that forum. At the same time, it is brining other cases which are traditionally brought as...more

Impact of the 2014 Midterm Elections on Defense

Election Outcomes - On November 4th, Americans went to the polls to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. In a widely anticipated outcome, the Senate flipped from Democratic to Republican control. At the time of this...more

VA Health Reform: New Opportunities for Providers

The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-146) significantly expands access to health care services funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), creates new opportunities for...more

In Flanders Field . . .

Today is Veterans Day. The date commemorates the ending of the First World War on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 a.m. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first “Armistice Day”, as it was then known...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2014

DoD Issues Proposed Rule to Amend DFARS Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition- Related Thresholds (DFARS Case 2014-D025) - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a proposed rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition...more

New Export Control Requirement for Electronics Manufacturers in Defense and Aerospace Industries

The State and Commerce Departments recently issued significant new regulations under Export Control Reform affecting the export control requirement for military electronics. These will have a major impact on manufacturers of...more

OFCCP Self-ID and Equal Pay Tool Updates

Effective October 27, 2014, a new reporting form for veterans, the VETS 4212 Form, will replace the VETS-100A and VETS-100 Forms. The VETS 4212, which covered federal contractors and subcontractors will need to start using in...more

Who Can Sue the U.S. Government for Injuries? A Legal Primer [Video]

Anyone who is injured at a federal government facility - or injured anywhere in the United States by an employee of the U.S. government - needs to know about the Federal Tort Claims Act. This primer discusses who can and...more

Gasp! VETS-4212 Final Rule Offers More Rules With Less Burden for Government Contractors

On September 25, 2014, the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) agency published a Final Rule revising the reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act...more

Africa Update - October 2014 #3

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

New DoD Regs to Protect Military Families May Have Broader Impact

In an effort to provide additional financial protections to military families, the Department of Defense (DoD) proposed amendments to its regulations that the agency said will “reduce predatory lending practices,...more

You Should Know - October 2014

In This Issue: - Veterans Still Waiting - Five Errors to Avoid - Readers on Seventh Amendment - Excerpt from Five Common Errors to Avoid When Filing Claims: Backlog Improves, But Vets Still Struggle for...more

Function over Form: The Impact of Separate Stock Classes on Veteran-Owned Firms

In my recent blog post about Employee Stock Ownership Plans (“ESOPS”), I discussed how the plans are treated differently under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ program (the “VA Program”) for Veteran-Owned and...more

Accounts and Accountability: Arab Bank Found Liable for Transactions Under the Anti-Terrorism Act

On September 22, 2014, a Brooklyn jury found Arab Bank, Jordan’s largest lender, guilty of violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act for providing financial services to individuals and entities linked to Hamas. Hamas is currently...more

Final VETS Rule Simplifies Contractor Reporting Requirements

Last month, the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) issued final rules for annual reporting by federal contractors of veterans in their workforces. The new rule, which takes effect August 1,...more

DOD Proposes Expanded Coverage Of Military Lending Act Protections

On September 29, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Department of Defense’s regulation that implements the Military Lending Act (MLA) was published in the Federal Register, with comments due by November 28. Most importantly,...more

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