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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Committee Deadlines Set - While it seems just a few weeks ago that committees were...more

Presidential Memorandum Outlines Privacy Guidelines For Domestic Federal Use Of Drones

In a recently issued Presidential Memorandum, President Obama included privacy guidelines for the federal government’s use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) in the United States. Issued on February 15, 2015, and...more

A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

Manufacturers, defense suppliers and other federal contractors may benefit from a new cybersecurity law intended to safeguard agency information and help bolster defenses to future cyber threats. The Federal Information...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - The Under Secretary of Defense Issues Memorandum Regarding the Appropriate Use of LPTA Source Selection Process and Associated Contract Type - The Under Secretary of Defense for...more

United States Coast Guard Guidance May Encourage Use of Liquefied Natural Gas as a Marine Fuel

On February 25, 2015, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) published two final policy letters on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Released in draft form in February 2014, the policy letters address...more

Africa Update - March 2015 #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 Leading the...more

FMLA To Cover Legally Married Same-Sex Spouses Beginning Next Week: What This Means For Employers

Effective March 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) expand coverage to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the employee lives in a state that does...more

Court Denies Stay and Revives FCA Claims Based on "Implied Certification" Theory

In a False Claims Act lawsuit against an armored car manufacturer, Judge Kiser recently denied a motion to stay the case, pending resolution of related criminal charges, and granted a motion for reconsideration, thus reviving...more

IRS Extends Form Deadline for Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Three Steps to Identify and Certify Qualifying Employees The IRS recently issued Notice 2015-13, which gives taxpayers until April 30, 2015, to submit Form 8850 (“Pre-screening Notice and Certification Request”) to qualify...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Notice to Publish an Updated List of Product Categories for Which Federal Prison Industries Have a Significant Market Share - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Notice...more

Former Aerospace Engineer Pleads Guilty to Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Intended for Iran

Although it appears that the U.S. and Iran are moving closer to a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s allies appear to remain committed to acquiring military-grade technology from U.S. companies by way of engineers...more

FTC Issues 2014 Complaints Report

The Federal Trade Commission received more than 2.5 million consumer complaints in 2014, according to its newly released Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The annual report provides national and state-by-state data on...more

U.S. Implements Targeted Sanctions on Venezuela

On March 9, 2015, following failed diplomatic efforts to bring Venezuela in line with its human rights commitments under international law, President Obama issued an Executive Order (E.O.) declaring Venezuela a national...more

In Like a Lion Legislative Update February 2015

This week was exhausting for your normally energetic government relations team; we had to be in so many different hearings at once that we had to wear comfortable shoes. Angel and I are excited to take it easy this weekend...more

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire – GSA Proposes to Reduce Price Reductions Clause Burdens, While Substantially Increasing...

In what is arguably its most significant proposed regulatory change affecting commercial item contracting in decades, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) earlier this week proposed amendments to the General Services...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - GSA Issues Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comment on Proposed Rule to Amend GSAR Transactional Data Reporting - The General Services Administration (GSA) issued a notice of...more

Recent Settlements of Joint UDAAP Enforcement Between State and Federal Regulators

The Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”) granted to state attorneys general and state regulators much of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) UDAAP authority. In particular, Dodd-Frank gives state attorneys authority...more

Africa Update - March 2015

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

Read the Directions Carefully Before Playing: State Department Releases Military Drone Export Guidance

The United States has a responsibility, or so the State Department tells us, to ensure the sales and exports of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are consistent with U.S. national security interests, U.S. policy, and even U.S....more

False Advertising Suit Concerning Department of Defense Standards Misfires

In a case that teaches important lessons about the burden of proving an advertisement false at trial, Judge Ronald Lew of the Central District of California held that Elkay Plastics Company was not liable for allegedly false...more

Military Leave of Absence and the Obligations of Connecticut Municipal Employers

When an employee gives notice of the need to take a leave of absence for military service, there are some questions that municipal employers will reflexively ask: Do we have to permit the leave? Must the employee be paid...more

Health Care Reform in America: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Health care providers, the insurance industry, and all of us as health care consumer continue to experience the difficult birth pangs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA" or the "Act"). Political battles...more

“Reporting for Duty”: Employers May Face Extended Obligations to Reemploy Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder under...

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, not only prohibits discrimination against employees and potential employees based on their military service, it also...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Mortgage Lender Targeting Veterans, Imposes $2M Penalty

Why it matters - Alleged deceptive marketing by a mortgage lender to veterans was at the heart of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) latest enforcement action. NewDay Financial, LLC, “profited from the...more

Same-Sex Married Couples Now Have Equal Rights to FMLA Leave Regardless of Their Residence

March 3, 2015 Authors: Jean L. Schmidt The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to ensure that same-sex married...more

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