Government Contracts

  • October 2, 2015

    Nurses' Registry To Pay $16M To Settle False Claims Suit

    Kentucky-based Nurses' Registry and Home Health Corp. has agreed to pay $16 million to settle a whistleblower suit accusing it of Medicare fraud, according to a proposed stipulation filed Friday in federal court.

  • October 2, 2015

    NASA Subcontractor Wrongly Axed From Paint Job, Suit Says

    A subcontractor fired from a painting job at a Mississippi NASA site after being accused of lead contamination hit back with a lawsuit Thursday, saying the claims were baseless and asking a Louisiana federal judge to award damages for what it calls a wrongful termination.

  • October 2, 2015

    Navy Official Indicted For Steering $1.6M Silencer Deal To Bro

    A U.S. Navy intelligence official has been indicted for allegedly arranging to use $1.6 million in Navy funds to purchase unlicensed weapons silencers from his brother.

  • October 2, 2015

    5th Circ. Stands By Dismissal Of $50M FCA Suit

    The Fifth Circuit said Friday it would not rehear a once-bankrupt whistleblower’s appeal of a Texas federal judge’s dismissal of a $50 million False Claims Act case against a U.S. Air Force contractor, likely queuing up a U.S. Supreme Court petition.

  • October 2, 2015

    DOD Pushes Contractor Cyber-Incident Reporting Overhaul

    All U.S. Department of Defense contractors will face tougher, faster reporting rules any time a data breach occurs for unclassified systems, according to an interim final rule published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • October 2, 2015

    Faulty Medicare Payments, Tax Gap Costing Gov't Billions

    The federal government’s fiscal position is being undermined by a gap between owed and paid taxes, and by improper payments from Medicare and other programs that totaled roughly $125 billion in fiscal year 2014, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office study Thursday.

  • October 2, 2015

    Ga. Hospice Providers To Pay $3M To Settle FCA Claims

    A collection of Georgia hospice care providers will pay $3 million to resolve allegations that they knowingly submitted Medicare claims for patients who weren't terminally ill in violation of the False Claims Act, federal prosecutors said Friday.

  • October 2, 2015

    Sen. Asks 5th Circ. To Nix KBR Human Trafficking Decision

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who co-chairs the Caucus to End Human Trafficking, asked the Fifth Circuit Thursday to reverse a decision by a Texas federal judge in a case against KBR that he said risks undermining congressional attempts to hold military contractors accountable for human trafficking.

  • October 2, 2015

    Drop In Air Force Contract Competition Worrisome

    The level of competition for U.S. Air Force services contracts has fallen significantly since 2011 and should prompt concern from policymakers because the trend contradicts their efforts to promote efficiency amid budget caps, according to a nonpartisan think tank's report Wednesday.

  • October 2, 2015

    DOD IG Finds Oversight Of Contract Deficiencies Falls Short

    The Defense Department’s watchdog found a series of shortfalls in contract oversight at the Defense Contract Audit Agency, including contract officers missing deadlines on system deficiencies and letting the problems slip by without withholding payments to contractors.

  • October 2, 2015

    GAO Denies Bid Protest Of S. Fla. DHS Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest challenging a $100 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security award earlier this year for security officer services in South Florida, rejecting a competitor’s claims that the company that won the contract should have been disqualified, it was announced on Thursday.

  • October 1, 2015

    Panel Weighs Colo., DC As Venues For OPM Data Breach MDL

    Lawyers involved in the aftermath of a blockbuster Office of Personnel Management data breach that exposed 22 million individuals’ highly personal data tussled Thursday over where to centralize their cases.

  • October 1, 2015

    $143M Seattle Tunnel Digger Row Belongs In NY, Insurers Say

    A group of insurers urged a New York court Wednesday to block a suit in Washington state over more than $143 million in damages to the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine, saying the insurance policy mandates the dispute be heard in New York.

  • October 1, 2015

    Gov't Must Pay Okla. Tribe For Funds Missing Since 1932

    The federal government owes an Oklahoma tribe more than $185,000 dating back to 1932 in unpaid educational funds and unauthorized disbursements from the tribe’s trust accounts, according to a ruling on Thursday from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, based on accounting reports — which the judge called "binding" — that cost about $23 million.

  • October 1, 2015

    Healogics Wound Centers Bilked Medicare, FCA Suit Says

    Florida-based Healogics Inc.'s wound care centers routinely perform unecessary hyperbaric oxygen therapy on patients in a scheme to defraud Medicare, former employees said in a False Claims Act suit unsealed Wednesday.

  • October 1, 2015

    House Passes Revised $612B Defense Bill Despite Veto Threat

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bicameral compromise version of the $612 billion 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, sending the bill to the Senate despite a veto threat over its use of war-related funding.

  • October 1, 2015

    Senate Dems Filibuster $78B Military Construction, VA Bill

    Democratic senators on Thursday blocked the Senate from moving forward with a $77.6 billion bill to fund military construction and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2016, citing concerns over the bill’s use of a tight sequester-level budget cap.

  • October 1, 2015

    GAO Says Navy Has Unrealistic Expectations For New Carriers

    The Government Accountability Office said Thursday that all its predictions of cost overruns and poor outcomes with the development of the U.S. Navy's Ford-class nuclear aircraft carriers have come true, the product of a system that while not broken is nevertheless overly optimistic.

  • October 1, 2015

    FCC Proposes Expansion Of Prison Call Rate Caps

    Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission circulated a proposed order Wednesday that would place caps on the rates prison inmates could be charged for phone calls, floating a major expansion of a 2013 rule that had been limited to calls across state lines.

  • October 1, 2015

    Northrop Wins $3.2B Air Force Global Hawk Retrofit Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense announced a $3.2 billion contract with Northrop Grumman Corp. Wednesday for work developing and modernizing the Air Force's fleet of Global Hawk high altitude surveillance drones.

Expert Analysis

  • FCA's Split Personality Makes Compliance A Moving Target

    David Hall

    The False Claims Act is undergoing an identity crisis. Decisions this year by the First, Fourth and Seventh Circuits have magnified a split among the federal appeals courts regarding what conduct actually constitutes a false claim under the FCA, say David Hall and Matthew Nettleton of Wiggin and Dana LLP.

  • New GSA Rule For Commercial Suppliers: A Mixed Bag

    Robert S. Metzger

    The U.S. General Services Administration's recently issued class deviation was on track to resolve issues arising from the 15 “fail list” terms in standard commercial supplier agreements. Unfortunately, a little-noticed change to the “Order of Precedence” clause will work against goals that the GSA and commercial suppliers share, say Robert Metzger and Oliya Zamaray of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell PC.

  • The Rise Of The Obama Workplace

    Robin S. Conrad

    Although executive orders and agency guidance only provide a snapshot of the Obama administration's overall regulatory strategy, they demonstrate a concerted effort by the president to avoid an intransigent Congress and reshape the American workplace through executive action, say attorneys at Dentons US LLP.

  • KBR And Maintaining Privilege Throughout Investigations

    Stacey Sprenkel

    While the principles of attorney-client privilege set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in Upjohn were ultimately upheld by the D.C. Circuit, the KBR Inc. saga serves as a stark reminder that documents from internal investigations may ultimately end up subject to production in litigation because a court finds that the privilege has been waived or did not apply in the first place, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • In Congress: Boehner, Shutdown, President Xi

    Richard A. Hertling

    Once again Congress is racing against the clock to keep the federal government open — before a midnight deadline Wednesday. The tumultuous process fits the highly partisan pattern of recent years and even led to the surprise announcement Friday from Speaker of the House John Boehner that he will resign from his leadership post and from Congress, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • OPINION: Have Big Law Firms Lost Their Way?

    Dennis R. Suplee

    My hope is that this article will not be seen as a rant by a senior trial lawyer. The truth is that some things get worse with the passage of time and it should be fair to comment upon such deterioration, says Dennis Suplee, a partner and former chairman of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

  • 6 Ways To Prepare For A Government Shutdown

    Justin Chiarodo

    With Congress quickly approaching a Sept. 30 funding deadline with no adequate spending measures in place, the possibility of yet another shutdown is becoming increasingly likely. Now is the time to take stock of your own contingency planning, building on lessons learned from the 2013 shutdown, say Justin Chiarodo and Heather Petrovich of Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

  • What The 4th Circ. Will Address In Abu Ghraib Case

    Lawrence S. Ebner

    For more than a decade, defense lawyers have vigorously pursued a suite of threshold, pretrial defenses in battlefield contractor cases. A long-running suit involving the notorious Abu Ghraib prison is back in the Fourth Circuit, which now has the opportunity to reinforce the viability of the political question defense, say Lawrence Ebner and Lisa Norrett Himes of Dentons US LLP.

  • Kickstarting Information Governance: 3 Ideal Pilot Projects

    Helen Geib

    Picking the low-hanging fruit of old backups, archives and legacy data is an excellent starting point for better information governance, says Helen Geib, general counsel for QDiscovery.

  • Be Cautious When Using Design-Build Agreements For P3s

    Brian G. Lustbader

    Design-build mechanisms are meant to be a more surefire way of ensuring that projects are built within budget and on time. But, as evidenced by New York's Tappan Zee Bridge Project, the use of design-build mechanisms in public-private partnerships can sometimes prove to be more a problem than a panacea, says Brian Lustbader at Schiff Hardin LLP.