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Federal Circuit Decision Settles GAO/COFC Split on Agency’s Use of Cooperative Agreements

In March, the Federal Circuit settled a split between the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the Court of Federal Claims that focused on the gray area between cooperative agreements and procurement contracts. Siding...more

FINRA’S Reminder About Rollovers: News To Many

A number of government and regulatory agencies—the Government Accountability Office (the GAO), the Department of Labor (the DOL) and, most recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), and the Financial Industry...more

Ten myths of government contracting: Myth No. 1 - We should never protest

Bid protests are an intimidating aspect of Government contracting, not only because they usually mean hiring a lawyer, but also because most people don’t even like the thought of suing their customer. Protests certainly are...more

NMB Publishes New Strategic Plan

Executive Summary: The National Mediation Board (NMB) has published an updated Strategic Plan. This follows a December 2013 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) faulting the previous 2012 Plan. Of particular...more

Summary of Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule Reform Provisions in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014

On April 1, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 was enacted into law (Pub. L. 113-93). Section 216, entitled Improving Medicare Policies for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests, modernizes the Medicare payment...more

CMS Advised to Follow Private Sector Practices to Improve Physician Feedback Reports

On March 26, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report regarding the private sector’s physician feedback reporting practices and how implementation of such practices could improve CMS’s own reports...more

HHS and GAO Reports Highlight Need to Address Drug Shortages

Two recently released reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office, respectively, focus on the impact of prescription drug shortages, their potential causes...more

Government Accountability Office Study Emphasizes Need for Municipal Broadband Systems

There is a good deal of misinformation being distributed about municipal construction of broadband systems (fiber based internet access), including that consumers and businesses don’t need it and that local governments should...more

Compliance Matters: Red Rover, Red Rover – IRA Rollover

Since 2008, we have heard all kinds of troubling news about unemployment, the changing economy and job loss. At the same time, we have experienced a bull market that is about to celebrate its fifth anniversary. Individual...more

Recent Legal Decisions Prove That Your Experience Modification Rate Matters More Than Ever

Some contractors no doubt experienced sticker shock when their most recent workers’ compensation audit came back with a higher-than-expected Experience Modification Rate, or EMR, that raised their insurance premium despite...more

Energy And Environment Update -- March 10, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State;...more

College Debit Cards

PLA today posts the GAO’s report, issued last month, analyzing the market for college debit cards and expressing concern about “students’ access to no-fee ATMs, schools’ influence over students’ banking and payment choices,...more

Despite the Best of Intentions, Paving the Way for the Next Financial Meltdown Part II: Getting Ready

As discussed in Part I of our Client Alert, “Despite the Best of Intentions, Paving the Way for the Next Financial Meltdown,” dated August 22, 2013, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) is studying the application of the key...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 18, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Government Accountability Office; International; States; and...more

Scrutiny of campus financial products grows

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has joined the CFPB’s call for more transparency in the area of campus financial products. Last week, the GAO issued a report on college debit cards in which the GAO recommended...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Questions Marketing Of Student Financial Products; GAO Recommends More Transparency

On February 13, CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Rohit Chopra published on the CFPB’s blog an update on the CFPB’s review of student financial products and raised concerns about certain marketing arrangements between financial...more

GAO Recommends Enhanced Oversight Of HAMP Servicers’ Fair Lending Compliance

On February 6, the GAO released a report of its review of Making Home Affordable (MHA)/Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) servicers’ compliance with fair lending laws. The GAO states that while the Treasury...more

GovCon Research Report: October - December 2013

In This Issue: - National Defense Authorization Act Of Fiscal Year 2014 - OMB Final Guidance - Key Federal Acquisition Regulation Updates - Defense Contract Audit Agency Guidance - Key Defense Federal...more

Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act: A Cut to Contractor Compensation and Other Procurement Provisions

The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 ("NDAA"), signed into law on December 26, 2013, contains a number of provisions relating to government procurement, perhaps most significantly a decrease in the amount of...more

Eye on Privacy - January 2014

In this issue: - FTC Settlement with Flashlight App Requires Extensive Disclosures Outside of the Privacy Policy to Collect and Share Geolocation Information - GAO and Senate Commerce Committee Release Studies...more

African Growth and Opportunity Act Renewal and its Importance to African Women

The African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) was enacted in 2000 to stimulate trade and investment between the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2000, AGOA has been credited with more than doubling U.S. trade with...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Homeland Security Nominations - The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Inspector General of the U.S. Department of...more

Government Contracting: Beware Offerors - Past Performance By Your Proposed Subcontractors and Key Personnel May Not Count

A recent GAO decision, HK Consulting, Inc., B-408443 (Comp. Gen. Sept. 18, 2013), provides an important reminder that government agencies are not required to consider the past performance of an offeror’s proposed...more

Health Care Reform Update -- January 21, 2014

In this issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from Implementation of the...more

Five Cost/Price Evaluation Lessons From Recent Bid Protest Decisions

Introduction - In this era of sequestration and decreased defense spending, paying close attention to cost and price issues is of paramount importance to contractors submitting proposals to the federal government. Nine...more

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