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Federal Acquisition Regulation: Expansion of Applicability of Senior Executive Compensation Benchmark

Effective May 30, 2014, the DoD, GSA, and NASA adopted as final an interim rule that updates FAR 31.205-6(p), “Limitation on allowability of compensation for certain contractor personnel.”…more
| Government Contracting

False Statements in Federal Grant Applications Present a Risk of Significant Financial Exposure to Grant Recipients

Two federal appellate courts have upheld awards of damages under the civil False Claims Act (FCA) (31 U.S.C. 3729) equal to three times the total amount of money paid under federal grants (US ex rel Longhi v US); US ex rel…more
| Civil Remedies, Business Torts, Government Contracting

Annual Report to Congress on Federal Suspension and Debarment System

On March 5, 2014, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC or the “Committee”) issued its annual report to Congress on the current state of the Federal suspension and debarment system. The report includes a…more
| Government Contracting

BRG Review: Winter 2014 - Volume 4, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Introduction - Market Share Liability from an Economics Perspective - The Safety of Chemical Products - Chemical Leaks and Spills - Excerpt from Introduction: An important…more
| Civil Remedies, Environmental Law, Products Liability

NASA Proposed Rule: Clarification of Profit and Fee on Federal Financial Assistance Awards (RIN 2700-AD79)

NASA is proposing to revise the NASA Grant & Cooperative Agreement Handbook to clarify that the agency does not pay profit or fee on Federal Financial Assistance awards (i.e., grants and cooperative agreements) to non-profit…more
| Finance & Banking, Government Contracting, Nonprofit Law

SIGAR Issues Quarterly Report to Congress

On January 30, 2014, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued its quarterly report to Congress regarding its oversight work and the status of obligations and programs relating to the…more
| International Law & Trade, Military Law, Government Contracting

Executive Order: FAR Clause for Mandatory Minimum Wage by January 2015

Exercising his statutory authority to establish terms for procurement contracts under the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (40 U.S. Code 101 et seq.), President Obama signed an Executive Order on February 12,…more
| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

HHS OIG 2014 Work Plan Highlights Grants Management and Allowable Cost Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its Fiscal Year 2014 Work Plan (“2014 Plan”) on January 31, 2014. The OIG releases a work plan annually to identify new and…more
| Health, Government Contracting

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its final “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.” This guidance is applicable to grants…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

USAID OIG Audit of USAID/Jordan’s Strengthening Family Planning Project

Summary - The USAID Regional Inspector General (RIG)/Cairo conducted this audit as part of its fiscal year 2014 audit plan to determine whether USAID/Jordan’s Strengthening Family Planning Project is expanding access to…more
| Government Contracting

GovCon Research Report: October - December 2013

In This Issue: - National Defense Authorization Act Of Fiscal Year 2014 - OMB Final Guidance - Key Federal Acquisition Regulation Updates - Defense Contract Audit Agency Guidance - Key Defense Federal…more
| Government Contracting

Baseload Choices are Tough: They Will Get Tougher

Berkeley Research Group’s authors used GIPSY™, a proprietary electric sector planning model, to evaluate the long-term interplay among U.S. Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas policy, retirement of the existing…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Implications of a Switch to a Territorial Tax System in the United States: A Critical Comparison to the Current System

I. Introduction and Executive Summary - This paper examines the effects of a switch in the U.S. corporate tax system from the current worldwide tax system with deferral to a territorial tax system consistent with those…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Financial Institutions Practice - Quarterly Review (October 2013)

In This Issue: - “The Upfront Costs of Compliance Are Looking More Like a Bargain Every Day” and “How to Minimise the Risk of Insider Trading and Leaking of Material Information” (October-December), Risk &…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Securities Law

Yellow Cabs as Red Corpuscles

Data obtained from New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission highlights the importance of yellow cabs in the city’s transportation infrastructure. In 2011, for example, there were nearly 180 million cab rides. In this paper,…more
| Transportation
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