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A New Bid Protest Timeliness Trap: Pre-Award Laches

On this blog, we frequently discuss the various timeliness traps that can undermine bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). A recent bid protest decision from the Court of Federal Claims addresses a...more

340B Update: President’s Blueprint Includes 340B Reforms, the OPPS Litigation Continues, and Other Recent Developments

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The past several weeks have featured a flurry of activity under the 340B Drug Pricing Program (“340B Program”), with recent action in all three branches of the federal government. Notably, on May 11, 2018, the Trump...more

Last Week in 340B: the Revival [not] of the 340B Mega-Guidance, Another Senate Hearing, and the Trump Blueprint to Lower Drug...

On Wednesday May 9th, I was floored when the Administration released the Spring 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which contained this nugget: by December 2018, HRSA will publish its 340B Omnibus...more

GAO Clarifies Rules For Conflict Of Interest Waiver Protests

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently issued a decision in which it clarified the rules regarding bid protests that challenge an agency’s organizational conflict of interest waiver. As discussed below, the GAO’s...more

Alston & Bird Healthcare Week in Review

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Alston & Bird’s Week in Review provides a synopsis of the latest news in health care regulations, notices, and guidance; federal legislation and Congressional committee action; reports, studies, and analyses; and other health...more

Blog: GAO Releases Report Analyzing HHS-OIG Integrity Agreements Since 2005

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on May 10th characterizing over 10 years of corporate integrity agreements and integrity agreements (collectively, “Agreements”) entered into by the U.S....more

Bad Faith and Biased Procurement Officials (Post-Award Protest Primer #16)

We previously have referred in passing to Government bad faith as a protest ground that almost never is worth raising. Today, we’ll address this rarely successful protest ground and discuss why it’s almost always a loser, as...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2018 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Masstech, Richard Lee, and Arnold Lee to Pay U.S. $1.9 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating to Small Business Innovation Research Awards - Columbia-based MassTech,...more

Consumer financial services at a crossroads: CFPB structural changes

by White & Case LLP on

The appointment of Mick Mulvaney as CFPB Acting Director has led to significant changes to the Bureau’s structure and how it operates. Through a series of swift moves, Acting Director Mulvaney has brought in several...more

April 2018 Bid Protest Roundup

This month’s roundup summarizes decisions from each of the bid protest venues: the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Court of Federal Claims (COFC or the Court), and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office...more

FAR Council Publishes Rule on Raised Threshold for Task and Delivery Order Protests

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On May 1, 2018, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council published a final rule amending FAR 16.505(a)(10) to raise the minimum threshold for Government Accountability Office (GAO) protests of certain task and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2018

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Amendments Related to Sources of Electronic Parts - The Department of Defense (DoD) is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition...more

The Section 809 Panel's Recommendations on Bid Protests May Cause Major Headaches for Contractors

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In Section 809 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016, Congress created a panel, known as the Section 809 Panel, to review and to provide recommendations on how to streamline and improve the Department of...more

Consumer financial services at a crossroads: Auto finance

by White & Case LLP on

Supervision - The CFPB has previously targeted the auto finance industry, with a particular focus on indirect (dealer-arranged) auto lenders and unfair or abusive loan servicing practices. Notably, the CFPB issued rules...more

OFCCP Releases “Town Hall Action Plan” To Address Contractor Concerns

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the words of OFCCP, the contractors spoke and OFCCP listened. OFCCP is also listening to the Government Accounting Office and its detailed review of the Agency. In response to the GAO’s Strengthening Oversight Could...more

New Rules for Filing Protests at GAO and New DFARS Debriefing Requirements

GAO’s New Electronic Protest Docketing System - GAO finally has unveiled its long-awaited Electronic Protest Docketing System (“EPDS”). Effective May 1, 2018, all new protests (excluding those containing classified...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

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This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape....more

GAO’s New Bid Protest Regulations in Effect Now

by Blank Rome LLP on

Many of you are aware of the Government Accountability Office’s (“GAO’s”) new bid protest regulations; this is a reminder that they went into effect today, May 1, and include several significant changes. ...more

New GAO Bid Protest Procedures Take Effect on May 1

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In early April, the GAO issued a final rule revising the existing bid protest process—the major revisions being the introduction of an Electronic Protest Docketing System (EPDS) and a protest filing fee. When the rule takes...more

Alert: Electronic Filing of GAO Bid Protests Starts Tomorrow, May 1, 2018: Are You Ready?

by Cooley LLP on

The US Government Accountability Office published a final rule effective May 1, 2018, implementing highly anticipated changes to its bid protest regulations. The two most significant regulatory amendments (a) implement GAO's...more

Recent Developments in Pipeline Safety

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

PHMSA focuses on proposed rule for gas transmission and gathering pipelines. Key Points: ..GAO has released a report assessing the adequacy of PHMSA odorization requirements. ..PHMSA will split the forthcoming Gas...more

New GAO Bid Protest Rules Take Effect May 1 — What Contractors Need to Know

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Beginning May 1, 2018, all bid protests (except protests containing classified material) must be filed electronically through the Government Accountability Office’s new Electronic Protest Docketing System (EPDS). Along with...more

Senate Takes Steps to Repeal CFPB Indirect Auto Lending Guidance

by Goodwin on

On April 17, 2018, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate would seek to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) indirect auto lending guidance. The Senate passed a...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2018 #2

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GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE - CIVILIAN AND CONTRACTOR WORKFORCES: Department Of Defense's Cost Comparisons Addressed Most Report Elements but Excluded Some Costs - In response to Congressional direction, the...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | April 2018 #4

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced new food safety recommendations for managing the risk of arsenic in rice and efforts to reduce pathogens in meat and poultry products. Following a request to...more

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