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Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week. 1. DOD UNVEILS STRATEGY FOR CYBER DEFENSE On April 23, Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Defense Department’s second cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD’s cyber forces, and to strengthen its cyber defenses and its posture on cyber deterrence. 2. SUPREME COURT DECLINES HUD APPEAL OVER SECTION 8 GRANTS
Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week. 1. ISDC REPORTS 14 PERCENT RISE IN DEBARMENT ACTIONS On March 31, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (“ISDC”) released its report to Congress detailing an increase in the use of suspensions and debarment actions by federal agencies for fiscal year 2014. 2. BLACKWATER GUARDS SENTENCED FOR IRAQ SHOOTING Last Monday,…
Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for Monday. 1. 6TH CIRCUIT REVERSES $657M FCA JUDGMENT Last week, the Sixth Circuit found that the government failed to adequately prove damages against United Technologies Corp and reversed the $657 million judgment against the company for allegedly overcharging the government on jet engines for the military. 2. DOD BETTER BUYING POWER 3.0 On…
Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week. 1. SEC MESSAGE TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS, DON’T LIMIT WHISTLEBLOWING On April 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) settled its first enforcement action against a company for violating whistleblower protections by including restrictive language in confidentiality agreements used in its internal investigations. 2. OFCCP EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR PROPOSED RULE PROHIBITING
On April 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) settled its first enforcement action against a company for violating whistleblower protections by including restrictive language in confidentiality agreements used in its internal investigations. The SEC charged a Houston-based government services contractor with violating whistleblower protections codified in section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act. Rule 21F-17 specifically prohibits companies from taking any action to impede whistleblowers from reporting possible securities violations to the SEC. The…
Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for Monday. 1. ACCESS TO SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS = CONFLICT OF INTEREST The Court of Federal Claims upheld the VA’s decision to cancel a contract award, agreeing that the contractor’s access to solicitation documents created the appearance of a conflict of interest. 2. OIG CONSIDERS LAB FEE WAIVERS TO BE KICKBACKS! The U.S. Department of…
Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for Monday. 1. DOWNLOADING OS DOES NOT “SUBSTANTIALLY TRANSFORM” LAPTOP U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a final determination, finding that downloading an operating system into a laptop that was manufactured and assembled in a non-TAA-designated country was not enough to change the computer’s country of origin for purposes of U.S. government procurement. 2.…
1. COMMERCIAL CONTRACTING RULES APPLY TO FEDERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULES On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a decision by the Court of Federal Claims, which permitted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) to include contract clauses that deviated from federal government commercial contracting rules. 2. FEDERAL PROSECUTORS NET $2.3B IN HEALTH CARE FRAUD RECOVERY According to a report released by law firm Bass Berry…
Government contracting is not for the faint of heart when it comes to compliance woes. Private companies looking to do business with the government face a regulatory maze so great that it may inspire references to Greek mythology, labyrinth and all. Few contract clauses reflect this sentiment of compliance pitfalls better than the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Price Reduction Clause (PRC) – a provision found in all Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts that essentially restrains…
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a decision by the Court of Federal Claims, which permitted the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) to include contract clauses that deviated from federal government commercial contracting rules. By doing so, the Court of Federal Claims held that Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 12 – Acquisition of Commercial Items – applies to Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts.…