Government Contracts

  • October 31, 2014

    CBP Halts Background Checks While Contractors Upgrade IT

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped background checks on all prospective and current employees until its contractors can upgrade their information technology systems to protect employee personal information, the agency has announced in a series of contracting notices.

  • October 31, 2014

    ProLogic Fights To Keep Contract Claim In Trade Secrets Suit

    ProLogic Inc. on Thursday attacked a former employee’s bid to slash breach of contract claims from a $25 million suit in Maryland federal court accusing him of working with ProLogic’s ex-subcontractor Aquarian Systems Inc. to steal its software trade secrets and wrest away a U.S. Department of State contract.

  • October 31, 2014

    Gov't Contractor Requests Light Term For Navy Bribery

    A former government contractor for the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command requested a lighter sentence than guidelines recommend on Friday after pleading guilty in Virginia federal court to accepting illegal bribes in exchange for $5.5 million in government contracts.

  • October 31, 2014

    Pratt & Whitney Gets $793M In F-35 Supply Contract Mod

    United Technologies Corp.'s aircraft engines subsidiary Pratt & Whitney has been awarded a $793 million modification to its contract with the U.S. military to provide an eighth lot of propulsion systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, lifting the total contract value to $1.05 billion, it said Thursday.

  • October 31, 2014

    HHS Watchdog Details 2015 Plans To Scrutinize Medical Billing

    The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday detailed its priorities for investigating Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements in fiscal 2015, vowing to scrutinize billing by insurance plans, medical device makers and an array of health care providers.

  • October 31, 2014

    Low-Income Developer Calls Legislation A Breach Of Contract

    A Wisconsin low-income housing provider on Thursday sued the federal government for enacting legislation that blocked it from exiting a subsidized mortgage contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, calling this repudiation of its exit rights a breach of contract.

  • October 31, 2014

    CMS Finalizes Rule On Home Health Pay, Fraud Prevention

    Federal health regulators on Thursday issued changes to Medicare’s home health prospective payment system for 2015, reducing the national standardized payment amount and clarifying face-to-face encounter requirements as part of the second year of adjustments under the Affordable Care Act.

  • October 31, 2014

    Security Contractor's Ex-CFO Ducks Stolen Equipment Claims

    A D.C. federal judge dismissed claims against the former chief financial officer of a U.S.-based security contractor Thursday, but declined to free the company’s former vice president and CEO from the suit brought by an Iraqi company over two federal contracts.

  • October 31, 2014

    Boeing Scores $308M USAF Bomb Guidance Kit Contract

    A unit of The Boeing Co. on Thursday snagged a $308 million U.S. Air Force contract for guidance kits that convert free-fall bombs into precision “smart” weapons, according to a U.S. Department of Defense notice.

  • October 31, 2014

    Walgreen Says Gov’t Deal Dooms Gift Card FCA Suit

    Walgreen Co. is asking a Tennessee federal judge to throw out a False Claims Act suit over its alleged use of gift cards to induce Medicare and Medicaid recipients to switch pharmacies, arguing that the complaint addresses issues that have already been settled with the government.

  • October 30, 2014

    Dignity Health To Pay $37M To End Medicare Payments Row

    Dignity Health agreed to pay $37 million to settle a whistleblower suit alleging 13 of the nonprofit system’s hospitals overcharged Medicare and the U.S. military’s insurance system by admitting patients who could have been treated as outpatients, California prosecutors said Thursday.

  • October 30, 2014

    11th Circ. Revives Part Of Whistleblower Medicare Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday reinstated parts of a former Health Management Associates Inc. executive's whistleblower suit accusing the hospital operator of engaging in an illegal Medicare kickback scheme, finding that his position made some of his allegations sufficiently reliable.

  • October 30, 2014

    Whistleblower Pushes For KBR Docs Given Only To Gov't

    A whistleblower asked a D.C. federal court Thursday to make KBR Inc. hand over nearly 70,000 pages of documents it produced in response to a 2007 government subpoena related to his claims that KBR overbilled and accepted kickbacks during the Iraq War.

  • October 30, 2014

    Raytheon Wins $205M Japan Naval Weapon Upgrade Contract

    Raytheon Co. has signed a $205 million contract to provide upgrade kits, support equipment and hardware spares for the computer-controlled radar and gun maritime defense systems known as Phalanx to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the company announced Thursday.

  • October 30, 2014

    Sikorsky Warns It May Pull Out $3B Polish Helicopter Bid

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. warned the Polish government on Thursday that it may have to pull out of the competition for a $3 billion military helicopter contract, claiming that it wouldn't be able to meet the government's current tender requirements for the deal.

  • October 30, 2014

    New Zealand, Montenegro Commit To WTO's Procurement Pact

    The World Trade Organization has accepted New Zealand and Montenegro into its recently updated government procurement agreement, a move that will allow the countries access to the $1.7 trillion procurement market, the WTO said Wednesday.

  • October 30, 2014

    GAO Denies Aerospace Co.'s Protest Of $210M NASA Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office revealed Thursday that it had rejected Sigma Space Corp.'s bid protest of a $210 million NASA satellite contract, ruling that the contract winner didn’t improperly contact the head of the board evaluating the companies’ proposals.

  • October 30, 2014

    DLA Defends Depo Refusal, Wants Contractor's Suit Tossed

    The U.S. Department of Defense and Defense Logistics Agency on Wednesday asked a Washington, D.C., federal court to terminate a suit brought against them by a Kuwaiti logistics company, saying they were well within their rights not to grant deposition requests related to a rival contractor's defamation suit.

  • October 30, 2014

    DOJ, AllQuest's Doc Dispute In $264M FCA Suit Rages On

    The U.S. Department of Justice and AllQuest Home Mortgage Corp. traded barbs in Texas federal court Wednesday in a discovery war stretching back to May in which each seeks to compel the other to cough up loan files in a $264 million False Claims Act suit.

  • October 30, 2014

    Bias Claim Over SAIC Marines Contract Warrants Discovery

    The Court of Federal Claims has ordered the federal government and Science Applications International Corp. to engage in discovery to determine whether an evaluator showed bias in steering a U.S. Marine Corps contract to SAIC over InfoReliance Corp.

Expert Analysis

  • Pearl Harbor Shipyard Asbestos Cases Stay In Federal Court

    Belynda Reck

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined review of Leite v. Crane Co., a tort case brought against a U.S. Navy contractor for failure to warn about asbestos hazards. Although several issues decided in this case were novel to the Ninth Circuit, the decision aligns with established precedents from other circuits regarding the ability of federal contractors to remove tort cases, says Belynda Reck of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • HHS Looks To Existing Procurement Tool For Ebola Drugs

    Jennifer Plitsch

    For companies with an interest in assisting the government in its Ebola prevention and treatment efforts, a strong working understanding of a broad agency announcement originally issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2009 is vital, say Jennifer Plitsch and Michael Wagner of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How The FEC Responded To Citizens United, McCutcheon

    Joseph Cosby

    While there may be more public debate over the rules the Federal Election Commission recently adopted in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United opinion, special attention should be given to the FEC's proposal dealing with the McCutcheon decision. Likely to be one of the more contentious provisions, the FEC requested comments on its enforcement policies concerning earmarked contributions, says Joseph Cosby of Butzel Long PC.

  • The Legal Professions’ Curious Under-Use Of 2nd Opinions

    Judge Wayne D. Brazil

    As conscientious professionals who are required to address problems with notoriously elusive dimensions, lawyers should consider securing second opinions in a much wider array of circumstances than has been the norm, says Judge Wayne Brazil, a neutrual with JAMS and former magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

  • Use Social Media For Legal Service Only As A Last Resort

    Steven Richard

    Courts remain largely skeptical about allowing litigants to serve and notify evasive parties of legal proceedings through their social media accounts. A recent split ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court shows the competing considerations, say Steven Richard and Britt Killian of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • An Associate's Perspective On Business Development

    Jason Idilbi

    Let’s face it: Taking friends or acquaintances to Justin Timberlake concerts or golf at the Ocean Course is not how we as law firm associates are going to develop business. Our primary value comes not from out-of-office networking jaunts but from bearing a laboring oar for our partners. Which is why our best approach to business development is more likely from the inside out, says Jason Idilbi of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • New Jurisdictional Issues When Moving To Quash A Subpoena

    Steven Luxton

    The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Export Controls And The Art Of Voluntary Disclosures

    Brett Johnson

    A person who dabbles in art is not likely to paint museum-worthy masterpieces. The same principle applies to drafting, submitting and addressing the long-term impact of voluntary disclosures. Companies should prepare well in advance for a possible export control violation, says Brett Johnson of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • A Large Loophole In The Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

    Bryan King

    As shown by recent Small Business Administration decisions, the current SBA regulations generally prevent the filing of an ostensible subcontractor size protest at the task order level, creating a situation where a large business could possibly take advantage, says Bryan King of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.