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Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2014 #4

Audit Report 14-18: Evaluation of Select 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone Contract Awards - The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Evaluation Report 14-18, Evaluation of Select 8(a) Business Development and...more

FAA Grants Exemptions and Releases Guidance for Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved six exemption requests for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for television and movie filmmaking under strict conditions....more

Finally Some Good News: VETS Final Rule Reduces Burden on Federal Contractors

If you are a federal contractor, you may be feeling a bit picked on by the Department of Labor of late. It seems as though every regulatory change increases the burden for federal contractors. But not so with the Final Rule...more

White House Announcement Of Awards Under Defense Production Act

On September 19, 2014, Secretary Vilsack was joined by Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, and Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, to announce contract awards to three separate companies to produce over one million gallons...more

Federal Insurance Office Issues Second Annual Report

The sleepy office of the Treasury Department known as the Federal Insurance Office, or FIO, released its second Annual Report on the Insurance Industry. Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,...more

New VETS Report on the Horizon

Covered federal contractors and subcontractors must annually report the number of their employees who are protected veterans, and the number of veterans they have hired during a reporting period. At long last, the U.S....more

VETS-100 and 100A Veteran Hiring Reports Retired by the Department of Labor

The Department of Labor published a final regulation on September 25, 2014 that relieves federal contractors from filing VETS-100 and VETS-100A veterans hiring reports after 2014. The rules that required the VETS-100 Report...more

Pennsylvania District Court Certifies Class Despite Defendant’s Attempt To “Pick-Off” Class Representatives

A group of registered nurses formerly employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs sued the United States Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) in a putative class action seeking declaratory and injunctive relief in...more

Update on U.S. Sanctions Relating to Ukraine

U.S. Sanctions - On September 12, the United States, in coordination with the EU, imposed additional sanctions against Russia in connection with events in Ukraine. Specifically... - the Office of Foreign Assets...more

Africa Update - September 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 Leading the...more

AHA Files Joint Amicus Brief in Supreme Court FCA Case

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently filed a joint amicus curiae brief with several other associations, including the American Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America,...more

VA Announces Upcoming Changes to ARM Disclosure Regulations

On September 5, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced in Circular 26-14-25 that it intends to clarify its interest-rate adjustment, disclosure, and notice requirements for ARM and hybrid ARM mortgage loans...more

Battling on the Front Lines of Foreclosures: What must a Lender consider and do when foreclosing on a property owned by a...

A complicated, but sometimes overlooked, issue facing foreclosing lenders is properly handling and defending against claims that a servicemember-owner is entitled to protections from foreclosure based on his or her status as...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2014 #2

DoD’s Implementation of Justification for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts - The General Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a study to review how the Department of Defense (DoD) has implemented the requirement of a...more

Africa Update - September 2014 #2

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 EU Russia sanctions: ban on oil project services; wider capital market sanctions (loans and credit, shorter-term equity, with...

Today, the EU published a second round of targeted sanctions against Russia. These new measures expand the EU’s existing Russia sanctions and restrict access to capital markets covering certain loans and credit, trade in...more

Congress Returns From August Recess

Congress returns this week from a five week district work period for approximately ten legislative days before departing Washington again in late September to campaign for the November midterm elections. Although the...more

District Court Refuses to Certify Class of “Non-Liturgical” Protestant Navy Chaplains

Given the rich diversity and array of religions, and the First Amendment prohibitions both on the establishment of religion and impeding the free exercise of religion, the appointment and promotion of chaplains in the...more

The Congress Ramps Up Action On Cybersecurity Legislation - Possibilities For Data Protection/Breach Legislation Still Exist

While not a day goes by without a new cybersecurity attack, the recent news of the Russian criminal gang who is alleged to have stolen over 1 billion user names and passwords as well as 500 million email addresses reinforces...more

Mortgage Servicers Partner With Obama Administration To Enhance SCRA Protections

On August 26, the Obama Administration announced a new partnership with residential mortgage servicers designed to enhance protections under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Speaking to the American Legion...more

CFPB Interagency Agreement Increases Oversight Of Colleges Serving Veterans

Recently, the CFPB signed a memorandum of understanding with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense and Education to improve outreach and transparency to veterans and servicemembers by providing meaningful information...more

Africa Update - September 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

Department of Education adopts new procedures for lenders and servicers of federal student loans to use to determine SCRA...

This past May, we wrote about the $60 million Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) settlement announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (ED) with a major student loan servicer and expressed...more

Is the Spearin Doctrine Still a Contractor’s Shield if the Contractor Followed the Plans and Specifications?

United States v. Spearin, 248 U.S. 132, 39 S.Ct. 59 (1918) is almost 100 years old, and it is still one of the most oft-cited cases in a construction lawyer’s playbook. In numerous contested cases, Spearin has given...more

Department Of Education Encourages FFEL Lenders To Adopt New Procedures For Determining SCRA Eligibility

On August 25, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a “dear colleague” letter authorizing and encouraging Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) lenders and lender-servicers to use the new procedures adopted by ED for...more

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