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Vitas Hospice and Chemed Corporation Settle Largest-Ever FCA Claim Against a Hospice

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Vitas Hospice, the largest for-profit hospice chain in the United States, and its owner, Chemed Corporation, agreed to pay $75 million to settle allegations that Vitas Hospice submitted false claims for hospice services...more

“Challenges Remain” for FDA’s Inspections of Food Facilities, According to Inspector General Report

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

While FDA is on track to meet the initial inspection timeframes specified under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), questions remain about the effectiveness of those inspections and the capacity for FDA to meet future...more

IG Evaluates SEC’s Disclosure Review and Comment Process

The Office of the Inspector General has issued an evaluation of the Division of Corporation Finance’s disclosure review and comment process. The report begins with a description of the Division’s comment process. Perhaps the...more

Inspector General Audit Could Impact Skilled Nursing Facilities

by Ruder Ware on

Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) may see even more scrutiny from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because of a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and...more

SEC Inspector General Concludes Acting Chairman Piwowar’s Actions Were Lawful

In an investigation conducted at the request of four Senators, the SEC Inspector General concluded “we do not find that Commissioner Piwowar’s actions as Acting Chairman violated any of the laws currently governing the SEC...more

DoD IG Report Highlights Flaws in DLA Compliance with Buy American Act and Berry Amendment

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A recent report from the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) identified a number of significant flaws regarding the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) compliance with the Buy American Act (BAA) and the Berry...more

Defense Department Inspector General Issues Summary of Audits Assessing Contractor Performance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Department of Defense Inspector General (DoDIG) recently published audit report DoDIG-2017-081 entitled, "Summary of Audits on Assessing Contractor Performance: Additional Guidance and System Enhancements Needed." This...more

General Services Administration Professional Services Schedule Holders May Soon Have to Lower Prices and Face Post-Award Audits

If you’ve been following the GSA for the last few years then you know the agency has been committed to reforming its Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. This reform included combining seven professional services schedules...more

Treasury Inspector General Slams IRS for Lack of Strategy Following 2015 Data Breach

In a scathing report published on March 27, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration blasted the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) following its analysis of the IRS’ steps following a data breach in 2015 that...more

Five Washington Realities for President Trump’s Consideration

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last week, we published an op-ed, “Here are Five things President Trump can't change,” in The Hill discussing long-established and irrevocable rules of how D.C. works that Trump and his team need to factor into their thought...more

New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General Releases Guidance on Compliance Program Reviews

by Epstein Becker & Green on

In the 1990s, as part of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the U.S. Sentencing Commission developed for the first time the criteria upon which it will view an organization’s compliance program to be “effective.” In October...more

EPA IG's Concerns About Oversight of Hospital Disinfectants Reinforces Need for Robust Infection Control Programs

On September 19, 2016, the Inspector General (IG) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the latest in a long line of reports identifying flaws in EPA’s process for ensuring the efficacy of hospital-grade,...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - August 2016

by King & Spalding on

FDIC Office Of Inspector General Reports On FDIC’s Cybersecurity Practices – On August 11, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (“FDIC’s”) Office of Inspector General issued a report based on an audit of the...more

SEC’s IT Security Under Attack as It Attacks Others

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The inspector general (IG) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported last week that the SEC has not sufficiently implemented information technology security upgrades in order to protect highly sensitive...more

Congress Pushes for CFPB Transparency

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On September 30, 2015, the House Financial Services Committee passed with bipartisan support two bills that would have significant impact on the accountability and transparency of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

OCR announces launch of Phase 2 of HIPAA audits

Although the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has indicated in the past that it would start its next round of HIPAA audits, apparently it means business now. In the wake of an Inspector General report that the OCR was merely...more

IRS Sued For Failing To Protect Online Taxpayer Data From Hackers

by King & Spalding on

On August 20, 2015, affected taxpayers filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) for failing to secure the personal...more

IRS sued in putative class action for lax security

Following the IRS’ admission that its data breach was actually larger than it originally reported and caused fraudulent tax returns to be filed affecting over 330,000 taxpayers, the IRS was sued this week in a proposed class...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - April 2015

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an overview of the FAA’s new contract maintenance rules, DOT and FAA notices on flight prohibitions in conflict zones, the latest news on the integration...more

Generic Drug Manufacturers to be Investigated by HHS for Recent Price Hikes

by Polsinelli on

On April 13, 2015, the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Health and Human Services announced in a letter to Senator Bernard Sanders (I. VT), that it would investigate recent price hikes for generic drugs. Generic...more

CBO provides cost estimate for bill to reform CFPB’s inspector general

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Congressional Budget Office has issued an estimate of the costs associated with the Inspector General Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 3770). The bill would direct the President to appoint an Inspector General (IG) for the CFPB...more

Collateral Damage: Medicaid Inspector General Says You're Fired!

by BakerHostetler on

The New York Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has discretion to exclude a physician from New York's medical assistance program (Medicaid) based solely on a consent order...more

SEC announces plans in the event of a shutdown

by DLA Piper on

The SEC has announced that it will remain open and operational in the event of the federal government lapse in appropriations on October 1. Changes to its operational status after October 1 will be announced on the SEC...more

Portman introduces bill to create independent CFPB Inspector General

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Republican Senator Rob Portman, together with ten other Republican Senators, has introduced a bill (S. 1310) titled the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection-Inspector General Reform Act of 2013.”...more

REGULATORY: U.S. Regulatory: As Coal Exports Hit Record Highs, Interior Inspector General Questions Lease Valuations

by King & Spalding on

Even as U.S. coal exports surge to record highs, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is being taken to task for (among other items) failing to take account of the burgeoning export market when calculating the fair market...more

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