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Health Care Reform Implementation Update

In the past week, CMS has released several advisories including updates to the rating system for nursing homes, premium and deductible information for Medicare Part B and Part D for 2015, Pioneer ACO results, payment dispute...more

GAO Publishes Report Regarding Proposed Changes To The Single-Family Housing Finance System

On October 7, the GAO published a report to help policymakers assess proposals for changing the single-family housing finance system and consider ways to make it more effective and efficient. To this end, the report first...more

GAO Recommends Better Data Analysis to Improve TARP Housing Programs

On October 6, the GAO released a report recommending that the Treasury Department improve its analysis of data it collects on HAMP. As of June, Treasury has disbursed only about one-third of the $38.5 billion in TARP funds...more

Another Potential Option for Disappointed Bidders in LPTA Procurements

In today’s contracting atmosphere, government agencies are increasingly relying on procurements conducted on a lowest-priced, technically-acceptable (“LPTA”) basis. It is not uncommon in such competitions for the winning...more

GAO Issues Final Report with Recommendations to Improve Large Partnership Audits

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recently issued its final report with recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of large partnership audits, a copy of which is available here. The GAO issued...more

GAO Report On CFPB Data Collection And Privacy Practices Finds Room For Improvement

On September 22, the GAO issued a report regarding the privacy and data security implications of the CFPB’s data collection practices. The report, performed in part based on a request by Senator Crapo, notes the CFPB’s data...more

GAO Issues Preliminary Report on Challenges in Auditing Large Partnerships

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recently issued a preliminary report on the challenges in auditing large partnership returns, a copy of which is available here. The GAO issued an interim report earlier this year...more

Skipping Intervention in a GAO Bid Protest Can Be a “Pound Foolish” Exercise

Virtually everyone agrees that bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) are valuable tools to ensure the integrity, fairness, consistency, and predictability of the federal procurement system....more

GAO report finds CFPB needs to improve privacy and security procedures for data collections

A new report from the Government Accountability Office on the CFPB’s data collection efforts finds that the CFPB needs to do more to reduce the risk of improper collection, use or release of such data. The CFPB’s data...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2014 #3

8(A) Subcontracting Limitations: Continued Noncompliance with Monitoring Requirements Signals Need for Regulatory Change - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has conducted a study to review how federal agencies...more

GAO Says FSOC Needs to Improve Transparency, Accountability, and Collaboration

In testimony before a Congressional subcommittee, a GAO representative noted FSOC still lacks a comprehensive, systematic approach to identify emerging threats to financial stability. In 2012, GAO reported that FSOC’s...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2014 #2

DoD’s Implementation of Justification for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts - The General Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a study to review how the Department of Defense (DoD) has implemented the requirement of a...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - September 2014

GAO Finds CMS Should Fully Develop Plans for Medicare Advantage Encounter Data and Assess Data Quality Before Use – In a report released on September 2, 2014, GAO evaluated CMS’s plans for using Medicare Advantage (MA)...more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Environmental Protection...more

GAO Issues Report on Post-Payment Claims Reviews by CMS Contractors

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report entitled “Medicare Program Integrity: Increased Oversight and Guidance Could Improve Effectiveness and Efficiency of Post-Payment Claims Reviews,” which...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made announcements this week regarding the Open Payments system and the availability of Affordable Care Act (ACA) Consumer Assistance Program grant funds, issued a request...more

Managing the announcement of a Department of Education Program Review

Following the initial release of the well-known and controversial 2010 GAO report concerning alleged abuses in the for-profit sector, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a public letter to Senators Tom Harkin and Mike...more

Efforts to Stop Health Insurance Fraud Through Use of Contractors Under Fire

In recent reports, from June 25, 2014 and August 13, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the mixed results achieved by the federal government's increased efforts to crack down on health insurance fraud...more

Who Audits the Auditors?

Since the advent of Medicare in 1965, hospitals have bemoaned the cost and burden of Medicare audits. The complaints increased when CMS hired private contractors for the audits. They became deafening in 2009 with the advent...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 8/18/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - Congress is in recess for the remainder of August, but when it returns for just over two weeks in September, much of the focus will turn to crafting a continuing resolution to keep the...more

Corrective Action Catch 22: Court of Federal Claims Holds Agency Action Must Be Rational Even If GAO Protest Decision Was Not.

The United States Court of Federal Claims’ July 15, 2014 decision in RUSH Construction, Inc. v. United States, reflects the unusual circumstance in which the court effectively sat in appellate review of an earlier bid protest...more

GAO Concludes CMS Should Increase Oversight of Post-Payment Claims Review Process

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released the findings of its study of the steps taken by CMS to prevent Medicare contractors from conducting certain duplicative post-payment claims reviews. Based on its audit,...more

Protests: Timing Is of The Essence

Another federal government fiscal year end is quickly approaching and with it comes the usual uptick in spending, awards...and inevitable protests. If you are considering a protest, it is critical to understand the deadlines...more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2014

In This Issue: - Environmental Protection Agency 111(d) Proposed Rule - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of...more

Task Order Protests: The Trek Toward Clarity On The Court of Federal Claims’ Jurisdiction

The United States Court of Federal Claims’ July 18, 2014 decision in Orbis Sibro, Inc. v. United States, represents one of the few straightforward decisions by the court in recent months relating to the court’s subject matter...more

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