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SBIC Report: GAO Issues 2015 Investment Report on SBIC Funds

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) titled “Characteristics and Investment Performance of Single and Multiple Licensees.” The Jan. 27 report found that the...more

National 8(a) and GAO Small Business Set Aside Provision

This update is a brief synopsis of a case that held, if there is not a certain FAR provision addressing subcontracting limitations in a set aside contract for small business, there is not a mandatory duty to comply with the...more

Government Reports Compile Medicaid, Dual Eligible Beneficiary Spending, Enrollment Data

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on trends in Medicaid managed care spending, enrollment, and oversight. Notably, the GAO reports that over 10 years (FY 2004 through 2014), federal Medicaid...more

No Excuses for Untimely Proposal Submissions - Even if it's Not Your Fault

We recently wrote about issues bidders have faced with submitting proposals via FedConnect that have led to GAO concluding the bidders’ proposals were untimely. In line with these decisions, GAO has again demonstrated its...more

EPA Plans to Ease Path to Superfund Listing: Vapor Intrusion Component to be Added to the Hazardous Ranking System

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just announced a proposed rule to add a subsurface intrusion (SsI) component to the Superfund Hazard Ranking System (HRS). Addition of a Subsurface Intrusion Component to...more

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

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes the recently signed U.S.-Mexico bilateral agreement that liberalizes air services between the two countries, new Cuba-related regulations loosening...more

Safety of Both Devices and Drugs Need to Be Better Tracked, FDA Hears from Oversight Bodies

FDA lacks the appropriate data to effectively conduct postmarket surveillance and safety tracking activities, according to two reports released earlier this month. First, Senator Patty Murray’s Health, Education, Labor, and...more

Indian-Owned Businesses Should See More Procurement Contracts Under New Buy Indian Policy

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on Jan. 12, 2016, announced a new policy to improve the implementation of the Buy Indian Act of 1910 (Act). The policy, announced in a memorandum by Acting...more

GAO Releases Report Highlighting HHS’s Lack of Oversight and Planning of Healthcare Workforce Programs

On January 11, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report detailing HHS’s deficiencies in comprehensive planning and appropriate oversight of its 72 health care workforce programs. In FY 2014,...more

GAO Publishes Report on Gender Diversity of Corporate Boards

On December 3, 2015, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its report analyzing the history of gender diversity of U.S. corporate boards and provided recommendations for improving female board...more

DMEPOS Prior Authorization Rules Expand

On December 30, 2015, CMS published a final rule entitled: "Medicare Program; Prior Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies," implementing Section 1834(a)(15) of the...more

Deciding Whether to File a GAO Bid Protest

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issues statistics each year regarding the outcome of bid protests. In 2015, there were 2,639 cases filed and there we 587 decisions on the merits. Of those, only 68 protests were...more

Waters of the U.S. Rule Drowning to Start 2016

Although likely to survive a presidential veto of a joint resolution seeking to nullify the June 29, 2015 rule submitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers amending the definition...more

The House Small Business Committee Releases a Spate of Small Business Legislation

On the heels of a GAO report calling for more leadership attention to be paid to SBA’s “management challenges,” a number of bills have been referred to the House Small Business Committee since the new year started, calling...more

Safe Havens: Preventing Student Sexual Abuse Starts With You

School districts have legal and ethical obligations to promote safe and healthy environments in which students can thrive. Victims of childhood sexual abuse experience myriad adverse health and educational outcomes. School...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The House is not in session this week... The Senate returns today... Committees in the Senate will hold hearings on co-ops and mental health... Vice President Biden will attend the World Economic Forum in...more

Community Banks Face Ever-Increasing Compliance Burden As a Result of Dodd-Frank Rules

According to a “Dodd-Frank Regulations Impacts on Community Banks, Credit Unions and Systematically Important Institutions” report recently released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), community banks continue to...more

Exercise Caution When Submitting Proposals Through FedConnect

Several government agencies, including the Department of Energy (“DOE”), utilize a web portal called FedConnect to receive bid proposals. While these agencies surely intended that using FedConnect would make the procurement...more

GAO Calls for Improvements to HHS Oversight of Health Care Workforce Programs

The GAO has reviewed HHS management of the 72 health care workforce programs administered by HHS and its agencies. The GAO concludes that HHS “lacks comprehensive planning and oversight to ensure that its many workforce...more

GAO Recommends Equalizing Payment for Evaluation & Management Visits

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining trends in “vertical consolidation” — hospital acquisition of physician practices or hiring of physicians as salaried employees – and the impact on...more

GAO Publishes Report Regarding the Impact of Dodd-Frank Regulations on Community Banks, Credit Unions, and Systemically Important...

On December 30, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its fifth report mandated by Section 1573(a) of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (Act), which...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The Senate and House pass legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act but without enough votes to override a potential veto... However, this is the first time repeal legislation makes it to the President’s...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Responds To Industry’s TRID Implementation Concerns: On Dec. 29 the CFPB responded to a letter by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) from Dec. 21. The MBA letter asked the CFPB to...more

GAO Recommends Payment Reform in Response to Increase in Hospital/Physician Consolidation

On December 18, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report analyzing the increase in hospital/physician consolidation and a related increase in Medicare hospital outpatient spending. Finding that...more

GAO Report Addresses Impact of Dodd-Frank on Community Banks, Credit Unions and Systemically Important Institutions

The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, has released an annual report required by the Dodd-Frank Act. GAO interviewed community banks, credit unions, and industry associations. Those interviewed cited an increase in...more

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