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  • April 17, 2014

    DOD Finds Holes In NSA's Security Clearance Handling

    A new U.S. Department of Defense inspector general's report roundly criticized four DOD intelligence agencies over weaknesses in their handling of contractor securities clearances, finding deficiencies in the agencies' policies, record keeping and information sharing.

  • April 17, 2014

    Engility Snags $40M Naval Weapons Systems Contract

    Engility Holdings Inc. said on Thursday that it secured a $40 million U.S. Navy contract to modify electronic warfare weapons systems aboard several U.S. and Australian planes.

  • April 17, 2014

    DOD Tells Military To Prioritize Saving Energy

    The Department of Defense revamped its energy policies Wednesday, formally directing all military services and agencies to diversify energy sources where possible, improve energy efficiency of weapons and facilities, and build energy-saving goals into major defense contracts.

  • April 17, 2014

    Fla. Hospital Accused Of Medicare False Billing Cover-Up

    Florida-based hospital system Baptist Health System Inc. helped cover up a prominent doctor’s intentional misdiagnoses of many patients, including the billing of Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary medical services, according to an employee whistleblower suit unsealed Monday.

  • April 17, 2014

    GAO Says SEC Open To Cyberattack, Contractor Unmonitored

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s information technology has been vulnerable to attack partly because the agency failed to oversee the work of a contractor hired to move a key financial system to a new location, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report said Thursday.

  • April 17, 2014

    Detroit Headed To Mediation Over Water Authority Deal

    A Michigan bankruptcy judge on Thursday ordered the city of Detroit into mediation proceedings with three of its neighboring suburban counties in hopes of striking a deal for a regional water and sewer authority that could ease its transition out of bankruptcy.

  • April 17, 2014

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Grant Willis

    Jones Day partner Grant Willis never thought he would find himself negotiating with diplomats or researching industrial security matters, but at only 37 years old, he has landed a spot among Law360's top young government contracts attorneys.

  • April 17, 2014

    DOD Rarely Seeks Competition For Older Weapons Systems

    The U.S. Department of Defense rarely looks for competition when upgrading or maintaining older weapons programs, and used sole-source contracts for 43 percent of its contract spending in 2013, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday.

  • April 17, 2014

    Convicted CityTime Scammers Denied New Trial

    A federal judge on Thursday refused to order a new trial for two of the three men found guilty of wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering and other charges after allegedly taking kickbacks in the scandal-plagued CityTime project to modernize New York City’s payroll system.

  • April 17, 2014

    CRC Health Pays $9.25M To Resolve Medicaid Fraud Claims

    CRC Heath Group Inc. has agreed to pay the state of Tennessee and the federal government $9.25 million over allegations that it provided substandard substance abuse treatment and overcharged the state's Medicaid system, the state's attorney general said Wednesday.

  • April 16, 2014

    DOD May Share More Early Acquisitions Info, Official Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense may soon share more early information with industry about its future acquisition plans, giving companies a chance to better focus their spending and development efforts, a top DOD acquisitions official said Wednesday.

  • April 16, 2014

    Arnold & Porter Adds National Security Pro From DOJ

    Arnold & Porter LLP said on Wednesday that it had hired a high-ranking U.S. Department of Justice staffer as a partner in the firm's white collar defense and national security practices.

  • April 16, 2014

    Legal Group Seeks Limits On Contractor Political Spending

    The legal nonprofit Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law on Tuesday released a report calling on the Obama administration to increase the transparency of federal contractors' political donations.

  • April 16, 2014

    Wiley Rein Adds FAA Vet To Aviation, Drone Practices

    Wiley Rein LLP said Monday that it has hired a Federal Aviation Administration attorney with more than 30 years of regulatory experience to its aviation and unmanned aircraft groups, bolstering its efforts to stay ahead of the competition in the emerging field of drone law.

  • April 16, 2014

    CSC Pays $1.1M In FCA Fight Over Fake Employee Resumes

    Virginia-based defense contractor Computer Sciences Corp. will pay $1.1 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it wrongly billed taxpayers for pricey labor after submitting fraudulent resumes for employees, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2014

    OSI Zapped By Investor Suit Over Nude TSA Body Scanners

    A disgruntled OSI Systems Inc. shareholder on Tuesday sued the security technology maker’s board of directors, accusing them of misconduct that cost OSI $60 million in Transportation Security Administration contracts and threatened its ability to do business with the federal government again.

  • April 16, 2014

    Rising Star: Hogan Lovells' Mike McGill

    Hogan Lovells' Mike McGill has become a go-to for high-stakes government contracts bid protests, successfully helping a Google Inc. reseller protest a $5 billion U.S. General Services Administration program and notching two successful protests for Whitney Bradley Brown Inc., making him one of Law360's top five government contracts attorneys under 40.

  • April 16, 2014

    $522M FCA Suit Against Doc Group Survives Challenge

    The federal government's $522 million False Claims Act suit against an Alabama physicians group remained largely intact on Tuesday, with the magistrate judge recommending that one of six claims against the group be trimmed.

  • April 16, 2014

    Astellas To Pay $7M To End Mycamine FCA Suit

    Astellas Pharma US Inc. has agreed to pay $7.3 million to settle a whistleblower False Claims Act suit from a former sales representative alleging that it marketed antifungal treatment Mycamine off-label for pediatric use and that as a result, Medicaid paid for unlawful prescriptions of the drug, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • April 16, 2014

    DOD Must Step Up Improper Payment Controls, OIG Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense met most of its mandated requirements for cutting down on improper payments in 2013, but did not review all the payments it should have, or meet all of its improper payment reduction targets, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Future Of Law Firm PR: The Good, Bad And Ugly

    Paul Webb

    There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.

  • A Communication Gap Between Industry, Debarring Officials

    David Robbins

    There is a fundamental gap in communications between contractors and debarring officials, often making their interactions inefficient, unproductive and costly. To help bridge the gap, there are three crucial points the government should know about contractors facing suspension or proposed debarment, and three crucial points contractors should know about suspending and debarring officials, says David Robbins of Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker PA.

  • Calif.'s Prevailing Wage Law Will Punish The Noncompliant

    Jeremy C. Wooden

    California’s prevailing wage law may not be the oldest in the country, but it may be the most complex, evolving and litigated. The penalties for contractors and subcontractors who fail to comply with California's law have grown costlier — noncompliance risks up to a three-year ban on the bidding of public works projects in the state, says Jeremy Wooden of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Beware 'Jewel' Risks In Lateral Partner Hiring

    Pamela Phillips

    Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • Medicare Data Release May Spur Health Care Investigations

    Eric D. Fader

    Some industry observers have speculated that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' recent release of data on Medicare reimbursement payments to health care providers will result in an increase in whistleblower claims under the False Claims Act. While that remains to be seen, "outlier" providers identified in the data may be wise to prepare for some unwanted attention, say Eric Fader and Elizabeth Kim of Day Pitney LLP.

  • Heartbleed Rains On The Legal Cloud Parade

    David Houlihan

    While the actual breaches are unknown, Heartbleed has the potential to expose all of a lawyer's files stored or transmitted online. The bug raises professional responsibility questions and offers confirmation of the greatest anxieties that the legal industry has about online practice. In fact, the timing is poor for many legal tech providers, following a general industry warming to cloud offerings, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • DC Court Applies Common-Sense Limits To Davis-Bacon Act

    Eric Leonard

    A D.C. federal court recently rejected the U.S. Department of Labor's novel application of the Davis-Bacon Act to a privately funded construction project. The ruling sets an important limitation as government agencies become increasingly creative in putting surplus real estate to use and private companies similarly look for more creative infill development opportunities, say Eric Leonard and Craig Smith of Wiley Rein LLP

  • FCA Public Disclosure Case May Help Health Industry

    Norman G. Tabler Jr.

    The lesson of Stratienko v. Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority may be that public disclosure is like toothpaste — once it’s out of the tube, it’s out. Fraudulent acts that have been disclosed can’t be undisclosed by recharacterizing them with a different label, says Norman Tabler of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Keep Your Audience From Checking Email: 5 Legal Talk Tips

    Michael H. Rubin

    Why do the majority of speakers get polite claps at the end of their talks while a few select others receive rousing applause? Having given more than 375 presentations to legal groups, bar associations, Fortune 500 companies and corporate gatherings, I’ve learned a few things about what not to do. Remember, great speakers don’t tell “war stories.” They don’t even give examples from their own practice, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

  • Rethinking Successor Liability Under FCPA And FCA

    Taylor Phillips

    Traditionally, transacting parties could be certain that, with limited exceptions, an asset purchase structure would permit the acquirer to avoid liability for the seller’s pre-acquisition legal violations. Unfortunately, recent developments have cast some doubt on whether the government considers itself bound by the traditional rule in actions arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and False Claims Act, say attorneys with Bass Berry & Sims PLC.