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Bid Protests - Seven Things Every Contractor Should Know

In this presentation: - Success of GAO bid protests - Things you didn’t know you can protest (but can) - The importance of intervention - What must be protested prior to award - The...more

HHS to Audit Hospital Reporting of GPO Payments: GAO Report Suggests Further Scrutiny of GPO Shareback with Hospitals

On November 24, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report examining the contracting practices and funding structures of health care group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”) and their potential...more

GAO report shines spotlight on key issues for managed accounts in 401(k) plans

Most professionals who work in the 401(k) arena would agree that managed accounts are, on balance, a favorable development for 401(k) plan participants. However, such accounts are, in many ways, still in their infancy,...more

GPO Fees Under Scrutiny by the GAO

Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report examining group purchasing organization (GPO) practices. The GAO questioned whether the current structure of GPO funding through administrative fees is...more

GAO Takes Aim at GPOs

The GAO had drawn a bead on GPOs. In a report issued yesterday the Government Accountability Office expressed concern over the effect of GPOs (group purchasing organizations) on Medicare rates. The report recommended that...more

Congressional Leaders Send Letters to Financial Service Providers Regarding Data Breaches

On November 18, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent letters to 16 financial service institutions regarding recent data breaches. The letters requested that the institutions provide...more

FIO Focus, No. 68: GAO Issues Report Critical of Procedures of FSOC

The General Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs entitled “Financial Stability Oversight Council: Further Actions Could Improve the Nonbank...more

Protests Up & Sustains Down – A Brief Review of GAO’s FY 2014 Bid Protest Stats

On November 18, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published its Annual Report to Congress (B-158766, November 18, 2014), which contains the statistics for bid protests filed at GAO in FY 2014. Frankly,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2014 #2

GAO Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2014 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued its bid protest annual report to Congress for fiscal year 2014 reporting each instance in which a...more

“What are my chances of winning this protest at GAO?” Assessing Odds at the Government Accountability Office

Every week, clients call us with potential bid protests. Usually, they’ve received an unsuccessful offeror letter from the agency and they believe that the evaluation was flawed. After discussing the viable protest grounds,...more

CFPB issues FY 2014 financial report; GAO finds material weakness in CFPB reporting controls

The CFPB has issued its financial report for its 2014 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2014. Perhaps most illustrative of the CFPB’s growth are the report’s statistics on the CFPB’s employees and funding. The report...more

Senator Warren And Congressman Cummings Urge GAO To Study Economic Vulnerability Of Non-Bank Mortgage Servicers, Risks To...

On October 20, Senator Warren and Congressman Cummings co-authored a letter to the GAO requesting that the agency investigate possible effects on the non-bank servicing industry in the event of an economic downturn....more

Maritime Cybersecurity: A Growing Threat Goes Unanswered

The maritime industry may beone of the oldest in the world, but in-depth reports issued by the United States Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the European Network and Information Security Agency (“ENISA”) confirm that our...more

GAO Releases Report on CPSC Response to New and Emerging Hazards

On October 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” The report analyzes the timeliness...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 10/20/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - With just over two weeks until election day, Congress is preparing for a brief but intense Lame Duck session, while continuing final campaign pushes. With several races still in the...more

Enforcement of 8(a) Subcontracting Limitations Likely to Increase

Last month, the Government Accountability Office issued a report at the request of Senator Claire McCaskill, who asked the GAO to review how federal agencies monitor the work performed by subcontractors under 8(a) contracts,...more

Mainbrace - October 2014, No. 3

In This Issue: - Maritime Cybersecurity: A Growing Threat Goes Unanswered - Valuation in Maritime Chapter 11 Cases: Genco and “NAV” - Is the U.S. Prepared Legally and Operationally to Protect Its Arctic...more

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

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