The botched rollout of HealthCare.gov has boosted the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act's chances of passage, but experts warn that the current version of the bill doesn't go far enough in addressing the systematic weaknesses in the government's technology purchases and wouldn't have rescued the insurance exchange site.
Health care providers already swamped by rank-and-file staffers launching False Claims Act suits are now coming under siege by new and unexpected whistleblowers, from consultants and in-house counsel to high-ranking executives, creating fresh pressure to respond swiftly and decisively to fraud allegations, experts say.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s finding that the U.S. Department of Labor hadn’t unfairly excluded large businesses when it pushed federal contractor Res-Care Inc. out of a long-held deal managing a job corps center in Virginia.
Vantage Oncology LLC will pay more than $2 million to settle allegations brought by a whistleblower that it submitted false claims to Medicare for radiation oncology services performed at its Illinois centers, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
A Rhode Island federal judge on Wednesday found the senior vice president of defunct engineering and technology services company Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow Inc. jointly and severally liable for $18 million in restitution to the U.S. Navy for his participation in a 15-year, $10 million kickback and bribery scheme.
An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday denied Sears Holding Corp.'s bid to escape a pharmacist's False Claims Act suit over prescription drug discounts for customers enrolled in government insurance programs, saying there are substantial questions of fact as to whether the retailer knowingly or willfully violated the law.
Federal prosecutors in Maryland on Tuesday filed a superseding indictment alleging conspiracy and bank fraud by the fugitive co-owner of a Virginia loan brokerage, asking that he forfeit more than $102.9 million for defrauding the U.S. Small Business Administration's loan guarantee program.
A New Jersey cardiologist behind the largest health care fraud scheme in the state’s history was ordered Wednesday to pay $19 million in restitution, the same amount fraudulently billed to Medicare and other insurers, and to serve more than six years in prison.
Twenty-five pharmaceutical firms, including Sandoz Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, will shell out a collective $88 million to resolve allegations in Louisiana court that they defrauded the state's Medicaid program by artificially inflating wholesale prices, capping a three-year legal saga that ensnared scores of other manufacturers, state officials said Wednesday.
Although Turkey may be having doubts now about awarding a $3.44 billion missile defense contract to a Chinese company, its willingness to seriously engage with China casts doubt on American companies' plans to use military exports to soften the blow of defense cuts at home.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted a proper analysis before choosing not to award a $484 million information technology services contract to United Communications Inc., the U.S. Government Accountability Office found in a report released Tuesday.
President Barack Obama's nomination of Jeh Johnson to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cleared a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday on a voice vote, sending the former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP partner's nomination to the full Senate.
A construction contractor trade group sued the U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday, saying the agency unlawfully imposed burdensome record-collecting and hiring responsibilities through a new regulation aimed at increasing government contractors' hiring of disabled workers.
Nursing home operator The Ensign Group Inc. will pay $48 million to settle allegations that six of its California facilities submitted false claims to Medicare for unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.
Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Monday it had won a $406 million multiyear contract to supply radar transmitters and fire control systems to the U.S. Navy.
A Tennessee federal judge on Monday killed a False Claims Act suit accusing hospital chain Ascension Health of ripping off Medicare by billing for diagnostic work performed by noncertified technicians, saying the whistleblower provided unacceptably skimpy details to support his allegations.
The 11th Circuit on Friday granted Tampa Bay Water’s unopposed motion to voluntarily dismiss its case against HDR Engineering Inc., in which the agency sought millions of dollars in damages over abnormal cracking in a drinking water reservoir.
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims reluctantly denied on Tuesday contractor KWV Inc.’s request for attorneys' fees, following a ruling that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was wrong to take away KVW's veteran-owned small business designation after the company won a $25 million project bid.
Baptist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in San Antonio, has paid $3.7 million to settle allegations it filed false claims for Medicare reimbursements in violation of the False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.
The Boeing Co. has been awarded a $325 million contract to perform "diverse and highly complex" systems engineering and integration requirements related to the United States' ballistic missile defense system, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Friday.
Although the most significant impact of the proposed Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enforcement Act will be increased scrutiny of the core group of government contractors performing security clearance investigations, even those contractors who do not perform security clearance functions for the government will be indirectly impacted, say attorneys with Venable LLP.
Recent program reviews have focused almost exclusively on the numbers of suspensions and debarments. These are the wrong metrics. This is akin to measuring the effectiveness of a general surgeon by counting the number of appendectomies she performed, says David Robbins, assistant deputy general counsel for the U.S. Air Force.
Among 10 battle-proven strategies for getting your witnesses ready for trial is to role-play the cross-examiner. For instance, if you expect the cross-examiner to yell, get in the witness’ face or use scathing sarcasm, do that during practice to minimize surprises at trial, say Dawn Solowey and Lynn Kappelman of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Recent events, from the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi to the Lac-Mégantic train derailment in Quebec, underscore the need for in-house counsel to keenly weigh risks and benefits for their companies doing business on a multinational scale. There are a number of best practices to consider that set the right tone for mitigating risk, whether you are doing business in one or hundreds of locations around the world, says Veta Richardson, president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently acted on two False Claims Act cases with pending petitions for certiorari, calling for the views of the solicitor general. If the court grants the petition in the KBR Inc. case, that would be good news for potential FCA defendants, but a review by the court of the Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. case could be bad news for potential defendants, say Dave Nadler and Joseph Berger of Dickstein Shapiro LLP.
Recently, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published a proposed rule imposing significant responsibility on contractors and subcontractors to act affirmatively to prevent human trafficking and forced labor. In light of the new requirements, contractors with overseas contracts must now develop, for the first time, detailed anti-trafficking compliance programs, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Defense published a significant interim rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations. The rule arguably raises more questions than it answers and will likely result in increased enforcement efforts and litigation, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
The lapse in appropriations due to the government shutdown has obvious impacts for new federal contracts, renewals and work orders to be funded with fiscal year 2014 funds. Even for those contracts for which alternative sources of funding exist, however, there are significant potential impacts, says Brad Fagg of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Unfortunately, the credentials normally supplied by Big Law firms in beauty contests simply do not tell in-house counsel what they really want to know. Without discounting the difficulty of obtaining helpful information from candidates for outside counsel, there is one question that may be useful for in-house counsel to pose, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.
While many have voiced concerns that the shutdown will deprive contractors of their ability to either file a timely protest at the U.S. Government Accountability Office or, if a protest is timely filed, obtain an automatic stay under the Competition in Contracting Act, the consequences of the shutdown may not prove as dire as predicted, says Brian Walsh of Wiley Rein LLP.