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VA OIG reports patient data at risk with vendor

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General recently issued a report, following a complaint that the VA Palo Alto Health Care System put veterans’ health information at risk when it allowed personnel of a...more

CFPB and New York Department of Financial Services Sue Pension Loan Companies for Deceptive Marketing

On August 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) jointly filed suit against two pension loan companies and three individual managers for deceptively marketing...more

Congress Overhauls Community-Based Care for Veterans

Facing a shortfall in funding for veterans’ health care, Congress and the President acted swiftly to enact a new law that makes changes to the Veterans Choice Program established last year, which has significant implications...more

Supreme Court to Hear VA Procurement Controversy This Fall

In a matter of keen interest to the small business community, last month the Supreme Court, granted certiorari in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States. The Court’s decision will hopefully bring some closure to the...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new "Know Before You Owe" Mortgage Disclosure...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued or perhaps had to issue a proposed amendment to the “Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule,” also known as the “TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure” rule,...more

Access to Pre-Solicitation Information without Mitigation Plan: A Recipe for Rescission

The Court of Federal Claims (“CFC”) recently made clear that mere access to pre-solicitation information creates a potential Organizational Conflict of Interest (“OCI”) that can invalidate an award. In Monterey Consultants,...more

2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2015 Regular Session of the Florida...more

Miners & Marijuana

As in other industries, mining companies must contend with employees and contractors using or being under the influence of illegal drugs in the workplace. Marijuana is one of the most prominent substances detected in drug...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House Ways & Means Committee Holds Markup; Makes Significant Legislative Changes to Health Care Bills... Senate Finance Committee Holds Markup on Medicare Appeals Process Bill... CMS Issues Final Rule on...more

Whistleblower Claims San Antonio VA Still Guilty of Altering Wait Time Information

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been a fixture in national news for the controversies surrounding the extremely long wait times veterans have experienced for benefits and treatment, and the...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - May 2015

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics in the...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

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

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

Whistleblower Claims San Antonio VA Still Guilty of Altering Wait Time Information

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been a fixture in national news for the controversies surrounding the extremely long wait times veterans have experienced for benefits and treatment, and the...more

CFPB Goes Public and Steps Up Enforcement Activity

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced what may be its boldest move yet: a $63 million enforcement action in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Minnesota-based mortgage...more

Court of Federal Claims Reaffirms VOSB/SDVOSB's Right to Due Process During Protests, Rejects VA's Interpretation of Revised...

Several months ago, we told you about Ambuild Company v. LLC v. U.S., a very important case pending before the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”). The AmBuild case was of particular interest to our firm because it concerned...more

Post-traumatic stress disorder common in police officers

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, working as a full-time law enforcement officer in the American inner city can be as traumatic as combat service in the military. More than 600 police...more

Former St. Petersburg VA Attorney Files Whistleblower Suit

Javier Soto was at one point a Ratings Benefits Services Representative for the St. Petersburg region office of the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, after he released a report that spoke to the “poor, inept and...more

Veterans Choice Program Expanded in Interim Final Rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs

On November 5, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) released its interim final rule (“Interim Final Rule”) regarding the Veterans Choice Program (the “Program”), allowing eligible veterans to elect to receive...more

Court Ruling Confirms that SDVOSB Contractors Possess Procedural Due Process Rights Against Adverse Eligibility Determinations

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affair's ("VA") Center for Veterans Enterprise (“CVE”) has a tough and sometimes thankless job. Its role is to serve as a “gatekeeper” for VA contracting programs for service-disabled,...more

Court of Federal Claims Affirms Due Process Rights for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

The United States Court of Federal Claims recently issued an important decision affirming the due process rights of Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (“SDVOSBs”). The case, AmBuild Company, LLC v. United States...more

Insights from the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Our Ninth Annual National Housing Symposium successfully brought together a rich panorama of perspectives across the affordable housing industry. Laura Green Zeilinger, the Executive Director for the United States Interagency...more

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