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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

New GAO Report Highlights Challenges in Complying with Conflicts Minerals Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: Companies are experiencing difficulties in complying with their disclosure responsibilities under the SEC’s conflict mineral requirements. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a...more

GAO Says Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups

GAO noted in a recent report that as a result of country-of-origin inquiries, an estimated 19 percent more companies that filed Form SD with the SEC reported that they knew or had reason to believe they knew the source of the...more

GAO Calls For Mandatory Medicare Drug ASP Reporting, CMS Verification of Drug Pricing

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “Medicare Part B: CMS Should Take Additional Steps to Verify Accuracy of Data Used to Set Payment Rates for Drugs,” questions the reliability of pricing for Medicare...more

GAO Issues Report on CFPB SBREFA Panels

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) use of Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panels in its rulemaking process. The...more

DOE Clarifies Whistleblower Protections in Proposed Rule Revision

Department of Energy contractors and subcontractors may be subject to additional civil penalties. The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently published proposed revisions to its procedural rules for nuclear activities in...more

GAO Sustains Bid Protest Where, Among Other Things, the Agency Improperly Considered Cost Risk under Its Technical Evaluation

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a bid protest involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) evaluation of proposals for remedial action and surface support assistance at the Gilt Edge Mine...more

GAO issues report on CFPB SBREFA panels

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the CFPB’s use of Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panels in its rulemaking process. The report, “Observations from Small Business Review...more

CMS Re-proposes Ban on Per-Click Fees for Space and Equipment Leases under Stark

In the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2017 MPFS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed updates to the physician self-referral law (Stark law). The primary Stark law update focused on...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2016 #2

GAO Alleges that Medicare Is Overpaying Hospitals For Uncompensated Care – A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Medicare’s uncompensated care payments to hospitals are not well aligned...more

The E-Rate Honey Pot

When you grant access to a $ 4 billion fund and give fund participants relative autonomy in how they use those funds, ne’er-do-wells will sniff their way to the honey pot. Keeping them out can be a challenge. So goes the...more

Tax Law Hampering Airport Improvements, Government Accountability Office Finds

Since 1970, the federal Airport and Airway Trust Fund (referred to as the Aviation Trust Fund) has been an important source of finance for airport improvements. But the fund has dwindled thanks to a 2006 law, passed to quell...more

Bid Protests in Government Contracts: 17.5 Billion Reasons Why They Continue to Rise

One of the reasons for the increase in protests no doubt is agency corrective action. Looking at GAO protest sustain rates is misleading, because it excludes instances where an agency decides on its own to fix a perceived...more

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