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House Passes Veteran Preference Bill

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill, titled the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act or “BRAVE Act.” The BRAVE Act authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) to...more

CFPB launches financial coaching initiative

The CFPB has announced the launch of its Financial Coaching Initiative which targetsrecently-transitioned veterans and economically vulnerable consumers. (The CFPB first announced its plans for launching the program in 2013,...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez

In a move that may greatly impact litigation under the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act (TCPA) and potentially other acts that provide statutory damages for violations, the high court will hear arguments in a case questioning...more

Supreme Court to decide if a TCPA class action can be mooted by a pre-certification offer of judgment

Monday, the United States Supreme Court accepted certiorari to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Campbell-Eward Co. v. Gomez, 768 F.3d 871 (9th Cir. 2014), which involved a TCPA class action brought by the recipient of a...more

Proposed Legislation Could Punish Those Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been the subject of controversy for much of the past year after a variety of whistleblowers exposed a nationwide problem of extremely long wait times for veterans needing treatment...more

Senator Asks Department of Veteran Affairs to Break Patents on Hepatitis C Drugs

Last week, in a letter addressed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) urged Secretary Robert McDonald to use his authority as Secretary "to break the patents on Hepatitis...more

Is Your Company a Federal Government Contractor?

Many automotive suppliers do not consider themselves federal government contractors because they only sell goods and services to the major OEMs and not directly to the federal government. However, purchase orders with OEMs or...more

Why aren’t hospitals doing more to protect nurses from injuries?

Nursing injuries are a rampant problem, even in the well-respected hospitals of Illinois. According to National Public Radio’s series on the subject, the annual rate of nursing injuries is over 35,000....more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Health Subcommittee Advances 21st Century Cures, Full Committee Action Scheduled…Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Chair Hatch to Launch New Initiative on Improving Chronic Care for Medicare Patients…Hawaii’s...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina Senate finished their budget deliberations and adopted the over $7 billion budget last week. Highlights include: an $800 bonus to state employees; an 11% raise for members of the judiciary, circuit...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues January and February 2015 Contract Data Contract Reporting Scorecards - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued the contract data and reporting scorecard metrics for January and...more

U.S. House Passes Bill to Revise Corps and EPA Definition of “Waters of the United States”

On May 12, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1732, which requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to withdraw the proposed rule published in the Federal...more

Africa Update - May 2015 #2

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

U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania Holds Subcontractor’s Miller Act Suit Not Subject to Stay Pending Prime Contractor’s...

Marenalley Constr., LLC v. Zurich American Ins. Co. and Nason Constr. Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30968 (E.D. Pa. March 13, 2015) - This payment dispute case arises out of a Veterans Affairs (“VA”) construction project...more

VA Eliminates Net Worth Requirement for Health Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has updated the way it determines eligibility for VA health care benefits, making it easier for many veterans to get access to the benefits. The VA will no longer use the veteran's net...more

DHS Breaks New Ground With Issuance of SAFETY Act Certifications for Advanced Cybersecurity Defense Systems

FireEye’s MVX and DTI Technologies become the first cybersecurity products to earn certification as “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) crossed an important barrier in...more

The CVE Reverification Process is Not as Simple as Advertised For Veteran-Owned Firms

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans First Contracting Program continues to attract more and more veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs). ...more

OFCCP Clarifies Invitation to Self-Identify and Protected Veterans Reporting Requirements – New VETS-4212 Form

The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) has issued its Final Rule revising its regulations implementing reporting requirements under the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of...more

CFPB: Military Allotment Processor to Pay More Than $3M

Why it matters - A military allotment processor will pay $3.065 million for charging servicemembers millions of dollars in hidden, recurring fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced. Fort...more

Senate adopts Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

On May 7, 2015, the US Senate voted 98-1 to adopt the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (the "Act"). The Act is the culmination of months of legislative maneuvering and a debate over foreign policy and separation of...more

Indiana Enacts Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

On May 4, Indiana Governor Michael Pence signed H.B. 1456 into law, amending the state’s civil relief act to include protections for servicemembers under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)....more

Federal Contractors Should Keep Focus on Compliance for Hiring Veterans

While recent United States Department of Labor figures show the unemployment rate of veterans is trending below the national unemployment average, unemployment of younger veterans who have served since 9/11 still exceeds the...more

MARAD Issues Final Policy on Licensing Offshore Oil and LNG Export Facilities

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued its final policy on May 7, 2015, regarding the review and processing of applications for the export of oil and natural gas from offshore deepwater port facilities under the Deepwater...more

Reviewing the First Foreign Economic Espionage Cases

The Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) provides for the criminal prosecution of the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets. The statute was enacted to protect and promote national and economic security by filling in...more

Federal District Court in Nevada Denies Contractor’s Motion to Stay Subcontractor’s Miller Act Suit Pending Resolution of...

KBW Assocs. v. Jaynes Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18220 (D. Nev. Feb. 13, 2015). This action arose out of the construction of additions to existing buildings at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada (the...more

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