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SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional, Says D.C. Circuit

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed that both Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing Conflict Minerals Rule issued by the SEC violate the...more

Deadline Fast Approaching for Positive Train Controls

Failure to Implement Safety Measures Will Result in Interrupted Railway Service - Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Washington, D.C. Government Relations Services team is monitoring an urgent issue now being considered by the...more

GAO Assesses Considerations for Expansion of the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

On September 30, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled “Medicare: Considerations for Expansion of the Appropriate Use Criteria Program.” In addition to describing CMS’s plans for...more

GAO Report Calls for Enhanced Medicare Advantage Network Oversight

On September 28, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report regarding CMS controls of provider adequacy in Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) networks. The GAO pursued its review because many MAOs...more

Perspectives - September/October 2015

In a decision in which no opinion commanded a majority, the Ohio Supreme Court sided with a private entity — a charter school operator — in a dispute over the ownership of personal property purchased by the operator with...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - October 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update reports on Congress’s six-month extension of FAA’s reauthorization; new U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements with the European Union and Canada; the FAA’s...more

EB-5 Regional Center Program to Get Short-Term Reprieve with Passage of Continuing Resolution

Coinciding with the end of the current fiscal year, the EB-5 regional center program is set to expire on September 30, 2015 but will get a temporary reprieve with expected final passage of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #4

The Massachusetts Marketplace takes steps to ease consumer confusion by reducing choice among QHPs; North Carolina appears poised to pass Medicaid reform legislation; and bipartisan support is gaining for defining businesses...more

While Government Spending is Down, Bid Protests are Up

In a recently released report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided a revealing look at significant shifts in bid protest trends that have taken place over the last six years. These trends show that even...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2015

BELTWAY - Straight Out of the Seventh Circuit The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the SEC cannot be sued in district court to stop it from bringing an administrative action. Bebo v. SEC, No....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #3

The GAO reports an increase in choice of plans both on and off Marketplaces; Hawaii submits the first 1332 waiver application, with a focus on substituting the employer mandate and SHOP provisions with pre-existing State...more

FCA Cases and SBA Protests

False Claims Act - As you know, the False Claims Act suit is brought against a contractor (whether through a whistleblower/relator or by the government alone) and carries very heavy civil and potentially criminal...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Legislation to Strengthen Medicaid Program Integrity and Fraud Controls... Bipartisan Senate Bill Introduced to Stop Anti-Competitive “Pay-For-Delay”...more

GAO Calls for Expanded State Reporting on Medicaid Prescription Drug Fraud Controls

In light of continuing indicators of potential prescription-medication fraud and abuse in state Medicaid programs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reviewed federal and state pharmacy-related policies and...more

IRS Sued For Failing To Protect Online Taxpayer Data From Hackers

On August 20, 2015, affected taxpayers filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) for failing to secure the personal...more

Applying for a Waiver From U.S. Manufacturing Requirements For Federally Funded Intellectual Property

Countless ideas and inventions are developed at U.S. universities every year, often with federal funding. Many of these important ideas could not be commercialized for the public’s benefit without the Bayh-Dole Act, which...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: FDA Begins Device User Fee Talks with Patients and Consumers Sept. 15... CMS Extends Partial Enforcement Delay of Two-Midnight Policy Through 2015... Alaska Legislature Sues Governor Over Medicaid Expansion....more

August 2015 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 launch of an investigation of alleged price gouging by airlines following Amtrak train service disruption in the Northeast Corridor, the agency’s...more

GAO Issues Report on Medicaid Prescription Drug Fraud Controls

In July 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report concerning Medicaid pharmacy-related program integrity efforts. GAO explained that this review was pursued due to the substantial amount of funds...more

Probably Don’t Do What the Red Cross CEO Just Did

You might have read the NPR/ProPublica story from Monday about the Government Accountability Office’s investigation of the Red Cross, and CEO Gail McGovern’s attempts to end that investigation. The article says that in 2014...more

Blog: New GAO Report On Conflict Minerals Compliance

By coincidence, the same day that the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit struck down (again) a portion of the conflict minerals rule (see this post), the GAO issued a report to Congressional Committees entitled “SEC...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DOD Issues Report Entitled Defense Contracts: DOD’s Request for Information from Contractors to Assess Prices - The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a report entitled Defense Contracts:...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, August 2015

EPA Issues Direct Final Rule On Significant New Use Notification Electronic Reporting: On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule amending the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #2

Leading the News: Burundi - On August 6th, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to resume the political dialogue that was suspended last month and...more

New Report Highlights Period of Transformation for the Medicaid Program, Urges Greater Federal Oversight

The U.S. Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report to Congress identifying key issues facing the Medicaid program and urging greater federal oversight. The report comes at a time of significant...more

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