Government Contracts

  • 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.

  • February 26, 2015

    Businessman Requests Probation In $23M Veterans Fraud

    A Nebraska businessman who pled guilty to swindling the federal government out of $23.4 million in construction contracts intended to go to service-disabled veterans should not go to prison because he performed the work, a sentencing memorandum filed on Wednesday in an Iowa federal court said.

  • February 26, 2015

    Pa. House Again Passes Measure Privatizing Liquor Sales

    After some five hours of debate and strenuous objections from the chamber’s Democratic minority, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill — the second such measure in two years — aimed at privatizing the sale of wine and liquor in the state.

  • February 26, 2015

    Obama Order Will Cause Contracting 'Chaos,' Attys Tell House

    Attorneys from Crowell & Moring LLP and Jones Day told House lawmakers Thursday that President Barack Obama's “blacklisting” executive order requiring government contractors to disclose labor law violations and forgo mandatory Title VII arbitration to win contracts was unnecessary and would “create chaos.”

  • February 26, 2015

    Lockheed Lands $90M In Navy Data-Sharing System Contracts

    The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. two contracts worth up to $90 million total for continued support of a system that allows secured sharing of sensitive information, the company said Wednesday.

  • February 26, 2015

    Boeing Tells Texas High Court Lease Terms Aren't Public

    Boeing Co. on Thursday told the Texas Supreme Court state public information law exempts the public release of its lease for a former Air Force base because its competitors could use the rental information to undercut its bids for government contracts.

  • February 26, 2015

    Exelis, SRC Resolve Trade Secrets Row Over USAF Contract

    Defense contractor Exelis Inc. has agreed to scrap its lawsuit against rival SRC Inc. for allegedly conspiring with Exelis employees to undermine its U.S. Air Force contracts, after the parties reached an undisclosed settlement earlier this week.

  • February 26, 2015

    3rd Circ. Upholds $2.4M Award In Navy Subcontract Row

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a roughly $2.4 million award to DCK TTEC LLC over a steel subcontractor’s failed bid to build two F-35 Joint Strike Fighter maintenance hangars at a Marine Corps Air Station in Arizona for the U.S. Navy.

  • February 26, 2015

    Bill Pushes Feds To Use Refurbished Parts For Auto Repairs

    A pair of U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that would push federal agencies to use remanufactured automotive parts to repair government vehicles, saying the move would save taxpayer money and boost jobs in the remanufactured parts industry.

  • February 25, 2015

    6th Circ Says Audit Not Public Disclosure In Reviving FCA Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday resurrected a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit accusing a Tennessee hospital of receiving fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, saying the government’s earlier administrative audit and investigation of the activities wasn’t a public disclosure barring the suit.

  • February 25, 2015

    BP Rips 'New' Evidence In $266B Atlantis FCA Suit

    BP PLC told a Texas federal court Wednesday that the introduction of structural engineers’ reports by whistleblowers was a flimsy attempt to get the court to reconsider assertions it has already rejected in a $266 billion False Claims Act suit involving BP’s Gulf of Mexico-based Atlantis facility.

  • February 25, 2015

    Bankrupt Ambulance Co. Seeks Stay of Medicare FCA Suit

    A bankrupt ambulance company on Tuesday urged a California federal judge to pause a whistleblower suit alleging it took kickbacks to participate in a scheme to rip off taxpayers by illegally confining psychiatric patients and charging Medicare and Medicaid.

  • February 25, 2015

    C3PO's $6M Suit Over Terminated DynCorp Contract Slashed

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday pared down a nearly $6.6 million breach of contract suit against DynCorp International LLC over the abandonment of a C3PO International Ltd. facility in Afghanistan after a bombing, deciding that the contract between the two allowed for DynCorp's early termination.

  • February 25, 2015

    Lockheed Scores $129M Mod To Missile System Contract

    Lockheed Martin Corp. won a $129 million modification to its contract to update a centralized ballistic missile defense system for the Department of Defense, the agency said on Tuesday, bringing the contract total up to more than $1.2 billion.

  • February 25, 2015

    Kearfott Sues Over Unpaid Work On Air Force Subcontract

    Kearfott Corp. told a Virginia federal court that Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. breached its contract with Kearfott by not fully paying the subcontractor after it developed and tested a vibrating beam accelerometer to be used by the U.S. Air Force in a missile program.

  • February 25, 2015

    Insurer Must Defend Gun Accessory Manufacturer In FCA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has ruled that United States Liability Insurance Co. must defend two firearm accessory manufacturers against a whistleblower who accused the companies of submitting documents that falsely claimed their products cleared military safety standards.

  • February 24, 2015

    DOD Should Streamline Weapon Acquisition Review: GAO

    The Pentagon should streamline its review process for its weapon systems acquisition programs, with current requirements resulting in unnecessary wastes of time and money, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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, says 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.

  • A Closer Look At The Proposed Changes To SBA Programs

    Jon Williams

    The long-awaited proposed expansion of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s mentor-protege program heralds significant and beneficial changes for small and large businesses that work on set-aside projects. The proposed rules may also hasten the end of many federal mentor-protege programs offered through other agencies, say attorneys with PilieroMazza PLLC.