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May 2017 Protest Roundup

In May, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) published a number of decisions, many of which can be categorized as “back-to-basics” decisions. We address below decisions...more

The Internet of Things: A Trifecta of Cyber and Physical Threat Risks

by Wilson Elser on

The recent WannaCry ransomware cyberattack provided another chilling reminder of the potential disruptive power behind the Internet of Things. Even before the WannaCry attack in May 2017, a distributed-denial-of-service...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2017

by King & Spalding on

U.S. Government To Investigate Effects Of Steel, Aluminum Imports On National Security - In late April, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated two investigations to determine the effects of imported steel and aluminum on...more

GAO to opine on whether CFPB indirect auto finance guidance is a rule subject to disapproval under the Congressional Review Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

American Banker has reported that the Government Accountability Office has accepted a request from Senator Pat Toomey on whether the CFPB’s indirect auto finance guidance issued in March 2013 is a “rule” under the...more

On-Time Bid Proposals—Not a Second Too Late

by Reed Smith on

Submitting your company’s bid proposal close to the deadline can be risky and have grave consequences. The government has repeatedly rejected proposals submitted before, but received after, the deadline because of technical...more

GAO Offers Insight Into Winning (And Losing) Bid Protest Arguments

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Government contractors know the odds on GAO bid protests – are they are not all that good. Even with a noticeable uptick, the statistics reveal that less than 1/4 (about 23%) of all bid protests were sustained in FY 16. ...more

Intervening in a Bid Protest: A Must in the Current Procurement Atmosphere

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Your company has been awarded a contract based on the work of your team to identify a federal business opportunity and create a winning proposal. But before you can start performing your contract, a protest is filed. What are...more

Late is Late: A Guide To Delivering Electronic Proposals On Time

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This is not a unique story – but there is still a lesson for Federal contractors to learn. A recent GAO decision considered an electronic proposal submitted by email just prior to the 4:00 p.m. deadline. Although the...more

Federal Bill Seeks to Create Portable Benefits for Gig Economy Workers

by Littler on

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), a lawmaker known for closely monitoring the changing nature of work, has introduced in the Senate legislation to promote innovative ways to offer portable benefits to workers in the on-demand...more

GAO Agrees to Decide the Legality of the Leveraged Lending Guidance; Indicates Decision Will Take “at Least a Few Months”

On May 23, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a letter to Senator Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., agreed to determine whether the Guidance on Leveraged Lending jointly issued in 2013 by the Board of the Governors of the...more

What the First-Ever Bill Promoting Portable Benefits for Independent Contractors Does – And Does Not Do

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Independent contractors and other contingent workers are not currently eligible for workers’ compensation, disability benefits, health insurance coverage, and pension benefits under federal and most state laws. This may well...more

Hiring Incumbent Staff: GAO Says You Get What You Pay For

by K&L Gates LLP on

When an agency evaluates a proposal for the award of a cost-reimbursement contract or order, an offeror's proposed costs are not dispositive. Regardless of the costs proposed, the government is bound to pay the contractor its...more

Senators Request GAO Review of CFIUS Oversight of Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Three senators – Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, Sen. Ron Wyden, ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, ranking member on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs...more

Study Finds That Social Security Workers Often Provide Incomplete Information

Americans are misinformed about many aspects of Social Security, and local Social Security offices may not be helping, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The study found that the Social...more

Uncharted Territory: Protestor Files Suit Challenging GAO’s Redaction Policy

We’ll be watching with interest as Pond Constructors, Inc. v. Government Accountability Office, No. 1:17-cv-00881, makes its way through the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Following an unsuccessful bid...more

GAO Encourages More CMS Collaboration with States on Medicaid Program Integrity Efforts

by Reed Smith on

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has had ongoing concerns about the integrity of the Medicaid program due to its size, diversity, and recent rapid growth as a result of the Affordable Care Act. It is the second largest...more

GAO: CMS, MACs Should Bolster Provider Education to Cut Improper Medicare Payments

by Reed Smith on

In 2016, an estimated $41.1 billion in improper Medicare fee-for-services payments were made to providers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) believes that provider education plays an important role in...more

Telehealth/Remote Patient Monitoring Rarely Used in Federal Health Programs, but Innovative Programs May Provide Boost, GAO...

by Reed Smith on

The GAO recently reported that fewer than 1% of Medicare and Department of Defense (DOD) beneficiaries and 12% of Veteran’s Administration (VA) beneficiaries utilized telehealth and remote patient monitoring services, even...more

Postal Service Contractor? Would-be Contractor? A Look inside the U.S. Postal Service Bid Protest Process

Most sophisticated government contractors know that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does not have jurisdiction over bid protests challenging procurements or proposed procurements by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)....more

Blog: GAO Releases Fintech Report

by Cooley LLP on

In April, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent agency that oversees government spending, released a report on fintech to help Congress better understand the industry. The report focused on the...more

GAO Finds NIH Failed to Refer SDVOSB Offeror’s Capability to SBA

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In a recently published GAO decision, GAO sustained a SDVOSB’s protest of its exclusion from the competitive range by NIH under the CIO-SP3 SB GWAC procurement. The CIO-SP3 SB RFP required an evaluation of proposals in...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - May 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the FAA’s regulatory reform review, the FAA’s and PHMSA’s increases in civil penalty amounts, recent amendments of hazardous materials regulations, the...more

April Bid Protest Roundup

Our monthly bid protest roundup for April identifies decisions by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Court of Federal Claims on issues concerning: small businesses’ right to a certificate of competency review...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #3

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

US Government Accountability Office Releases FinTech Reports

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Government Accountability Office released the first in a series of planned reports on fintech...more

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