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White House Announces Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the Trump administration released the Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process. This documents describes the process by which U.S. agencies and departments determine whether to disclose or restrict...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Mid-Sized Businesses: Too Big to be Small and Too Small to be Big” House Small Business Committee Press Release, November 14, 2017. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov The House Committee on...more

The New OFCCP Director: Trump Administration to Tap Florida City Attorney

We understand that the Trump administration has chosen Craig E. Leen to serve as senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. Leen, who until recently was the city attorney for Coral Gables, Florida, is...more

Chevron Deference: Should a Government Agency Get to Decide its Own Contract Disputes?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

For more than 30 years, courts have deferred to administrative agencies’ interpretation of ambiguous statutes, unless the interpretation is unreasonable. The doctrine is called “Chevron deference” after the decision that...more

Learning from Bid Protests: Don’t Lose Your Protest Before You Begin

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published four protest decisions that were all denied due to timeliness issues. This string of cases serves as a reminder that no matter how strong a protest’s basis...more

Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals Backlog Shrinks, But Challenges Remain

The ASBCA’s FY2017 Annual Report reveals interesting facts and trends for contractors deciding whether to litigate at the Board or the Court. The ASBCA’s 2017 annual report offers some revealing statistics concerning the...more

Value-Based Contracting for Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices: An Innovative Solution Impaired by Outdated Regulations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Often lost in the cacophony of headlines surrounding rising health care costs is the promise that value-based contracting offers as a possible solution. In contrast to the traditional fee-for-service model, value-based...more

The Fifth Circuit Restricts BSEE's Enforcement Authority Over Offshore Contractors in the Gulf of Mexico

On Wednesday, September 27, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an important decision in United States vs. Moss, No. 16-30561 that limits the authority of the federal government to bring enforcement actions...more

The Consequences of Failing to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Prior To Filing Suit - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q3...

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appeals court covering Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, affirmed the trial court’s decision to dismiss a contractor’s breach of contract...more

Department Of Labor Challenges ALJ’s Decision On Google’s Obligation To Respond To OFCCP Data Requests

In July, we reported that an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) had ruled on OFCCP’s dispute with Google over the tech giant’s refusal to turn over certain documents in connection with a routine audit of Google’s headquarters....more

Court Finds Provider Failed to Exhaust Administrative Remedies in Suit Against Government Contractor for Withheld Reimbursement

by King & Spalding on

On August 28, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan held that a provider must fully exhaust administrative remedies before it can seek a remedy in Federal court against a Medicare...more

Time Will Tell Whether Trump Executive Order Succeeds in Reducing Time for Federal Environmental Review and Permits for Major...

On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13807 (EO 13807), which seeks to streamline federal environmental review and approvals of major infrastructure projects by imposing new timelines and procedures. The...more

Contracting Under Federal Procurement Requirements After Hurricane Harvey

by Baker Donelson on

As impacted public entities and non-profits begin the long road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey, it is critical that they do not overlook or ignore compliance with important regulatory requirements upon which federal...more

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017

2016 Overtime Rules Invalidated. U.S. District Court invalidates 2016 changes to overtime rules. Steven F. Pockrass has the details here....more

EEOC’s Pay Data Collection Requirement Suspended

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On August 29, 2017, the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”), a division of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, informed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”)...more

Ninth Circuit: Employer’s Good Faith Reliance on HR Director is Not a Defense for Any I-9 Form Compliance Violations – Civil...

On August 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a several hundred thousand dollar penalty against a Phoenix, Arizona employer for violating several provisions of the United States Code related to an employer’s statutory...more

Contractors Need to Fully Address False Claims Act Allegations During Suspension or Debarment Proceedings

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Companies involved in False Claims Act suits filed by qui tam relators often find themselves facing potential suspension or debarment from federal contracting. A recent decision out of the United States District Court for the...more

ALJ Narrows OFCCP’s Request for Google Employee and Pay Data

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last Friday, an administrative law judge limited the amount of information that the OFCCP may seek from Google in its on-going compliance audit because the agency failed demonstrate relevance or justify the...more

Google Prevails, In Part (And For Now), In Compensation Data Dispute With OFCCP

On July 14, 2017, an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) for the Department of Labor issued a Recommended Decision and Order (the “Opinion”) in the case brought by the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”)...more

Administrative Law Judge Sides With Google in Denial-of-Access Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an advantageous decision for federal contractors, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ruled last week that a demand by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) for pay data about Google employees was...more

Proposals are Only as Strong as their Weakest Link: GAO Affirms Non-responsiblity Determination Based on Subcontractor’s Lack of...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The GAO recently denied Leidos Innovations Corporation’s protest of a determination that Leidos was ineligible to receive a $272 million award by the U.S. Army despite Leidos having both the highest-rated technical proposal...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Rules of Procedure Governing Cases Before the Office of Hearings and Appeals - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has amended the rules of practice of its Office of Hearings...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon Appoints Four Senior Executives, SBA PRESS RELEASE (May 25, 2017) - Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the appointment of four new...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Business and Employee Groups Oppose Merger of OFCCP with EEOC

by Murtha Cullina on

President Trump’s 2018 budget, released on May 23, proposes to merge the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by the end of FY 2018. The proposed...more

First Impressions of the President's Proposed FY18 Budget for Labor and Employment Agencies

On May 23, 2017, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget proposal—a more detailed and developed version (it’s nearly 1300 pages long) of the so-called “skinny” budget that was released in March of 2017....more

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