Government Contracts

  • March 2, 2015

    Arnold & Porter, Latham Steer $790M SAIC-Scitor Merger Deal

    Arnold & Porter LLP represented Science Applications International Corp. in a $790 million deal to acquire information technology provider Scitor Corp. from private equity outfit Leonard Green & Partners LP — represented by Latham & Watkins LLP — the companies said Monday, in a move to expand SAIC’s presence in the intelligence community.

  • March 2, 2015

    Lockheed Helicopter Venture Awarded $2B Navy Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense announced Friday that Marine Helicopter Support Co., a venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., was awarded an almost $2 billion contract to provide repairs, logistical support and replacement components for H-60 military helicopters.

  • February 27, 2015

    Ex-Hospice Exec. Indicted In Medicare Fraud Scheme

    A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted the former head of a Pittsburgh-area hospice on a count of health care fraud in connection with improper Medicare and Medicaid billings for patients who were not actually terminally ill.

  • February 27, 2015

    Ex-NJ Power Broker Can't Kill Surprise Testimony In Trial

    Former New Jersey Democratic power broker Joseph A. Ferriero on Friday failed to nix damaging, surprise testimony in his bribery and racketeering trial from a onetime mayor who said the attorney pressured him to raise political funds as contrition for seeking a legislative seat without his permission.

  • February 27, 2015

    FCA Suit Lacks Physician Wrongdoing, Hospice Says

    A hospice provider on Thursday urged a Nevada federal court to dismiss a False Claims Act complaint that alleges bogus billing of Medicare and Medicaid for serving patients who weren’t terminally ill, saying whistleblowing former employees and the U.S. Department of Justice failed to show that physicians acted improperly.

  • February 27, 2015

    Two Claims Trimmed In DOD Contractor's $3.3M Suit

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Friday nixed two claims in a former U.S. Department of Defense information technology contractor's $3.3 million breach of contract suit, but rejected the government’s bid to outright dismiss the dispute over a broadband services contract.

  • February 27, 2015

    DOE Owes $22.5M More In Nuclear Plant Cleanup Damages

    The Court of Federal Claims on Friday ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to pay an additional $22.5 million in damages to Sacramento's public electric utility, on top of the $53 million it was awarded in 2014 for the cleanup of an old nuclear plant.

  • February 27, 2015

    $3M Medicare Billing Scheme Gets NY Man 7 Years

    A New York man who pled guilty to attempting to defraud Medicare of $3.3 million through a false billing scheme was sentenced Friday to over seven years in prison, according to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • February 27, 2015

    Pa. Senate Democrats Unveil Liquor Privatization Alternative

    A day after the Republican majority in the state’s House of Representatives passed a bill to privatize the sale of wine and spirits in Pennsylvania, Senate Democrats unveiled a rival proposal Friday aimed at modernizing the existing system of publicly owned liquor stores.

  • February 27, 2015

    Calif. Appeals Court Rules $6M Parking Project Rightly Nixed

    A California appeals court affirmed a lower court’s decision sustaining Los Angeles County’s denial of tax increment financing for a $6 million parking structure project the city of Palmdale undertook with a contractor after the dissolution of the city’s redevelopment agency.

  • February 27, 2015

    US Says Builders Used Veteran To Win $12M In Contracts

    The federal government slammed two construction companies with a False Claims Act suit on Thursday in California federal court, alleging that the companies posed as a veteran-owned business to obtain nearly $12 million in federal contracts for hospital renovations and other construction projects.

  • February 27, 2015

    Committee OKs Bill To Fight Trafficking By Gov't Contractors

    In a bid to strengthen human trafficking protections, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill Friday that would nail down the definition of prohibited recruitment fees sometimes charged to foreign workers on government contracts, while also passing legislation regarding North Korean sanctions.

  • February 27, 2015

    SC Sheriff, DOD Sued For Reneging On Aircraft Swap

    Win Win Aviation Inc. on Thursday sued the U.S. Department of Defense and South Carolina's Richland County Sheriff’s Department over an alleged threatened seizure of two aircraft that the sheriff had exchanged for a Win Win plane under a 2013 contract.

  • February 27, 2015

    US Scores Partial Win In $67M Nuclear Fuel Dispute

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has handed the government a partial win in a $67 million contract dispute with Georgia Power Company over U.S. obligations to dispose of spent nuclear fuel, tossing plant operator Southern Nuclear Operating Company Inc. as a plaintiff and limiting damage claims.

  • February 27, 2015

    Kuwaiti Caterer’s $10M Row With KBR Will Go To Arbitration

    KBR Inc. and its former Kuwaiti catering subcontractor have agreed to bring a $10 million dispute over an allegedly forced settlement before a division of the American Arbitration Association, according to documents filed in Texas federal court Thursday.

  • February 27, 2015

    Raytheon Wins $122M Modification For More Missiles

    The U.S. Navy awarded a $122.4 million contract modification to Raytheon Missile Systems Co. to buy more than 100 Tomahawk missiles, the agency said Thursday.

  • February 26, 2015

    Oracle Hits Ex-Gov.’s Staffers With $33M Cover Oregon Suit

    Oracle America Inc. hit five campaign advisers for disgraced former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber with a $33 million suit in state court on Thursday, accusing them of secretly interfering with Oregon’s failed health care exchange in order to help Kitzhaber win re-election last year.

  • February 26, 2015

    IBM Can't Duck $50M FCA Suit Over Botched DHS Contract

    IBM Corp. on Thursday lost its bid to dismiss a False Claims Act suit in Illinois federal court accusing it of conspiring with other companies to submit approximately $50 million worth of fraudulent claims for a U.S. Department of Homeland Security emergency response project that went awry.

  • February 26, 2015

    Feds Blast Ex-NJ Democratic Leader For Greed As Trial Opens

    Prosecutors opened the racketeering trial of a former New Jersey Democratic powerbroker on Thursday by accusing the attorney of leveraging his political clout to illicitly profit from government contracts and extort $1.7 million from a developer of the unfinished Xanadu project at the Meadowlands.

  • February 26, 2015

    3 More Insurance Cos. Off Hook In Shipbuilder FCA Suit

    A Louisiana federal court on Thursday cleared three insurance companies of any obligation to cover Bollinger Shipyards Inc.’s costs from a False Claims Act suit that accused the shipbuilder of botching a $78 million U.S. Coast Guard vessel modification job.

Expert Analysis

  • Marijuana Legalization Creates Risks For Gov't Contractors

    Lucas Hanback

    Washington, D.C., just became the most recent jurisdiction to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But federal contractors — a huge percentage of the D.C. population — still face catastrophic penalties for violating laws that prohibit drug use by federal contractor employees, says Lucas Hanback of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC.

  • How DOD Is Streamlining National Interest Determinations

    Chris Griner

    Historically, national interest determinations have been so time-consuming that some companies prefer to forgo the advantages of special security agreements and pursue proxy agreements. A new U.S. Department of Defense policy gives the Defense Security Service more control of the NID process and appears to be a move in the right direction, say attorneys with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • When Customers And FCA Whistleblowers Collide

    Nancy E. Harris

    An employee claiming she has discovered wrongdoing at her company and then seeking compensation or claiming protection as a whistleblower is an evermore common risk that every business must be prepared to address. But what happens when the whistleblower reports fraud against the government by an important business customer but no wrongdoing by the company? asks Nancy Harris of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • This Week In Congress: Avoiding A DHS Funding Showdown

    Richard A. Hertling

    One major change in the debate over U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding — which expires this Friday — is that a Texas federal district judge has issued an injunction against the Obama administration’s immigration policy, essentially putting it on hold. This may be an opportunity for the Senate to avoid the policy riders and pass a clean funding bill, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • In-House Counsel's Dirty 'Little' Secret: Data Leakage

    Jennifer Topper

    Not every data breach is a massive headline-grabbing theft of consumer credit card information. As significant as these events may seem, the more dangerous and prevalent threats are the least visible — occurring through "data leakage." Put simply, this is raw meat awaiting a strike by the plaintiff’s bar, says legal industry adviser Jennifer Topper.

  • When Gov't Is Compelled To File Complaint In ASBCA Appeal

    Justin Ganderson

    Although the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has previously required the government to file a complaint in certain circumstances, within the last year and most recently last month, the ASBCA has provided new and critical guidance on this topic in four notable decisions, say Justin Ganderson and John Horan of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

  • GAO Clarifies Task Order Protest Jurisdictional Issues

    Aron Beezley

    At first blush, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in Goldbelt Glacier Health Services LLC appears to be a run-of-the-mill denial of a protester’s request for reconsideration. But a closer examination reveals a well-reasoned decision that irons out a series of wrinkles pertaining to the GAO’s jurisdiction over protests challenging task or delivery order awards, says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • This Week In Congress: DHS Funding Looms In Recess

    Richard A. Hertling

    With the House and Senate in recess until Feb. 23, a number of issues compete for priority upon their return — including a possible vote to overturn President Obama’s anticipated Keystone Pipeline veto, nominations for U.S. Attorney General and head of the USPTO, the FCC's net neutrality rules, and an imminent deadline for Department of Homeland Security funding, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Defense Budget And The Threat Of Sequester

    Jack Deschauer

    President Obama's defense budget exceeds the cap set for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion. That means, if Congress were to appropriate the full base budget requested of $535 billion and not alter the sequester provisions in the law, the U.S. Department of Defense would be forced to cut each and every budget program by the same percentage across the board as it had to do in FY 2013, say Jack Deschauer and Jack Kingston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • How Trafficking Rule Affects Contractors In Middle East

    Andrew Schoulder

    For U.S. contractors operating in the Middle East, the use of commercial agents makes the issue of compliance with the anti-human trafficking rule particularly pressing, say attorneys with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.