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Expiration of GAO’s Jurisdiction of Civilian Agency Task Order Protests Limits Government Contractor Options

As of October 1, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (“GAO”) jurisdiction over protests on civilian agency task orders valued at more than $10 million expired, leaving government contractors with limited grounds for...more

More Work Needed to Improve the HUBZone Program

The HUBZone Program needs some TLC. After a peak of 14,000 SBA-certified participants in 2009, the HUBZone Program has seen a significant drop in participation over the past few years due to various factors. This, in turn,...more

GAO Study Slams HHS For Lack of Guidance to Covered Entities

We watch closely for any guidance to HIPAA covered entities and business associates from the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR). Why? Because there is so little of it. Lately, the only...more

GAO Releases Detailed Report Criticizing The OFCCP

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has released a report critical of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and making suggestions for improvement.  The report followed the GAO’s...more

What is Blockchain? Why Does It Matter? Observations As North Carolina’s Virtual Currency Legislation Goes Into Effect

J. K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter included an array of amazing artifacts; our personal favorites were the books and pictures that changed themselves. Two decades later, a world of Kindles and iPads echoes the wonders of...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2016

Vermont moves closer to launching the country’s first all-payer ACO; CMS approves Arizona’s 1115 waiver extension but rejects the State’s proposed work requirement and premiums for those earning below the FPL; and CMS issues...more

The “American Rule” in Bid Protests

On June 14, 2016, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA). The Senate bill would change two important aspects of bid protests filed with the Government Accountability Office...more

GAO Assesses Availability of Data on Long-Term Care Workforce

In response to concerns about potential future shortages of direct-care workers to provide hands-on long-term services and supports (LTSS), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining federal and...more

Criticism Of OFCCP Won’t Give Contractors Any Satisfaction

According to a study recently published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, there are indications that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is not effective in stopping discrimination. But before...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress funds the government until Dec. 9. 1. Congress - Continuing Resolution Passes: Funds Zika and Opioid Legislation - On Sept. 28, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the...more

GAO Calls on HHS to Strengthen Electronic Health Info Security, Privacy Guidance and Oversight

In light of recent health information data breaches, the Government Accountability Office has issued a report examining whether HHS security and privacy guidance for electronic health records (EHRs) are consistent with...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the GAO’s latest report on the conflict minerals rule; a civil...more

Is Chinese Investment in the U.S. Film and Entertainment Industry the Next Area of CFIUS Scrutiny?

U.S. lawmakers recently submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raising concerns about increased Chinese investments in the U.S. film and entertainment industry and questioning whether the Committee...more

Blog: GAO Criticizes HHS In Health Information Cybersecurity Report

On Monday, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report (the “Report”) criticizing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) security and privacy guidance and oversight in protecting...more

September 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s selection of carriers to operate U.S.-Havana and U.S.-Tokyo (Haneda) air services, the FAA’s implementation of its small unmanned aircraft...more

GAO Report Finds Weaknesses in OFCCP Compliance Evaluations

On September 22, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report evaluating the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The report, entitled “Equal...more

EPA IG's Concerns About Oversight of Hospital Disinfectants Reinforces Need for Robust Infection Control Programs

On September 19, 2016, the Inspector General (IG) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the latest in a long line of reports identifying flaws in EPA’s process for ensuring the efficacy of hospital-grade,...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2016 #3

Study finds that Marketplace premiums are lower than employer-based premiums, even without federal subsidies; New York regulators move to shield insurers from outsized federal risk adjustment payments; and Missouri will seek...more

Washington Healthcare Update

1. Congress - House of Representatives - House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leaders Send Letter to HHS OIG Concerning NIH Grant on Traumatic Brain Injury - On Sept. 15, Republican leaders of the...more

Law Revamping Medicare ID Cards to Be Revived

Lawmakers are again eyeing ways to modernize the Medicare system, including a revamping of the identification cards used by Medicare beneficiaries. On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means’ health subcommittee held a hearing on...more

GAO, OIG Issue Reports on Medicare Part B Drug Payment Issues

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued several reports on various Medicare Part B drug reimbursement issues. In a report entitled “Medicare Part B: Data on...more

OIG Updates Corporate Integrity Agreement Independent Review Organization Guidance

The OIG has updated its guidance for providers under Corporate Integrity Agreements regarding the circumstances that might affect the independence and objectivity of independent review organizations (IROs). ...more

GAO Report Suggests Discount Coupons Impact Medicare Spending for Part B Drugs

Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in which it found that manufacturer drug coupon programs for privately insured patients could potentially cause the Medicare Part B program to...more

Poder discrecional en las adquisiciones: La GAO falla a favor del gobierno

La Oficina de Fiscalización del Gobierno (Government Accountability Office, GAO) emitió una decisión que podría ser utilizada por las agencias gubernamentales para apoyar las Solicitudes de propuestas (Request for Proposal,...more

Blog: GAO Issues Second Annual Conflict Minerals Report

The GAO has issued its annual conflict minerals report to Congress, entitled “Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups.” The GAO is required to report annually...more

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