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GAO, states jump into battles to rein in Big Pharma’s sky-high prices

Big Pharma’s skyrocketing prices are finally in for some real scrutiny by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), as well as new initiatives in the Maryland and New York statehouses....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #4

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Investment Companies: Passive Business Expansion and Technical Clarifications - The delayed effective date for SBA’s final rule on Passive Business Expansion and...more

Organizational Conflicts of Interest: An Issue That Requires Government Contractors To Be Proactive

In an effort to ensure there is no OCI or that your mitigation plan is effective and timely implemented, government contractors must be proactive when reviewing the agency’s needs in light of its mission, the solicitation,...more

GAO Reports On Government Contracting Trends

On March 8, 2017, GAO issued a report on government contracting trends from fiscal year (“FY”) 2011 through FY 2015. FY 2015 was the latest year for which there was complete data available at the time of GAO’s review. Using...more

2016 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report

GAO recently released its annual report to Congress, which included data concerning its protest ?lings for Fiscal Year 2016. Based on the data, 2016 was an historic year. GAO not only decided more cases on the merits in...more

CFIUS Reform Turns to Food Security

Congressional efforts to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a U.S. Government interagency committee that conducts national security reviews, continue apace. This week saw the introduction...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses.” Small Business Administration Press Release, March 16, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.sba.gov. Administrator Linda...more

Expect a Change to Regulation of Non-Bank Mortgage Servicers

Last month, Citigroup announced plans to exit the mortgage servicing business and sell off a $97 billion portfolio to a non-bank servicer and transfer their remaining mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) to another non-bank...more

Timing is Everything – GAO Refuses to Apply Jurisdiction Retroactively

As we previously reported here and here, between October 1 and December 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) lacked jurisdiction to hear most civilian agency task order protests (its jurisdiction over protest...more

The Past is Prologue: Current Trends in Government Contract Spending Over the Past Five Years – GAO Issues Trend Analysis Report

In its March 9, 2017 report entitled, “Contracting Data Analysis – Assessment of Government-Wide Trends”, GAO No. GAO-17-244SP (the “Report”), GAO has found that defense obligations for products and services decreased by a...more

February 2017 Protest Roundup

In February 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released notable decisions addressing (1) the effect of the temporary lapse in GAO’s civilian task order jurisdiction; (2) discussions, clarifications, and...more

Recent GAO Decision Gives Ammunition To Protesters Challenging Technical Specifications

In the course of responding to a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) or Request for Quotations (“RFQ”), have you ever encountered technical specifications that you regard as unreasonable?  Have you ever wondered why the Government...more

Think Your Real Estate Doesn’t Involve National Security? If You Lease to the Federal Government, Think Again.

There’s been a lot going on in the news cycle so you may have missed a recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) Report recommending that the General Services Administration inform tenant agencies when GSA leases...more

Chairman Goodlatte Outlines Sweeping Agenda for House Judiciary Committee

With Washington undergoing a transformation the likes of which has not been seen in decades, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte recently outlined his committee’s priorities for the 115th Congress. Speaking at an...more

Medicare & Medicaid Remain Vulnerable to Fraud and Abuse, GAO Warns

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is out with the latest installment of its “High-Risk Series,” which identifies federal programs “that are especially vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement, or that...more

GAO Upholds Waiver(s) of OCI Allegations

On January 30, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its decision denying Concurrent Technologies Corp.’s (CTC) protest of the U.S. Navy’s award of a support contract for the Navy Manufacturing Technology...more

Laws and Regulations Affecting Government Contractors

Government contractors wondering whether and when they can protest military and civilian task and delivery orders should be aware of recent changes in the law affecting a party’s right to protest before the General...more

Taking Credit for Subcontractor Past Performance

- Procurements under FAR Part 8 are subject to a different default rule than FAR Part 15 procurements, GAO rules. - Absent clear direction from the solicitation, an agency conducting a Part 15 procurement must consider...more

Government Accountability Office Issues Report On Department Of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity And Communications...

On February 1, 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report assessing the performance and effectiveness of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (“NCCIC”) of...more

February 2017 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 final approval of antitrust immunity for Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico, DOT’s proceeding to reallocate some of Delta/Aeromexico’s Mexico City and...more

GAO Urges Transparency in GSA Leasing Practice for Foreign-Owned Real Estate

On January 3, 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) delivered a report to Congress recommending that the General Services Administration (GSA) inform tenant agencies when leasing high-security space...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - First Quarter 2017

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING – 2016 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report: Sustain Rate Hits Nine Year High, Up More Than 10% from 2015 – GAO recently released its annual report to Congress, which included data concerning its...more

January 2017 Protest Roundup

Two common themes run through the cases we have chosen for this month’s bid protest roundup. The first three decisions explore some pitfalls relating to the timeliness of proposals and protest grounds. The last two...more

Potential Revisions to NRC Regulations Could Significantly Affect the Oil & Gas Industry

In response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) sting operation which identified certain regulatory weaknesses, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering revisions to applicable security and...more

Mainbrace: January 2017 (No. 1)

As we launch into a new year, uncertainty remains the word of the day. Whatever your political leanings, it would be hard to dispute that the inauguration of the Trump administration augurs change on many fronts, from...more

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