Advocates for small-business contractors on Thursday pressed lawmakers to end the government shutdown, saying the lapse in funding was far worse for small businesses than the Obama administration's efforts to save money through larger consolidated contracts.
Republican leaders on Congress' defense committees have spoken out against the government shutdown, with Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., among lawmakers saying this week that their party should move on from their focus on blocking the Affordable Care Act.
While the U.S. Department of Defense put almost all of its civilian employees back to work on Monday, the threat of later furloughs still looms for many as the shutdown continues to block funding for equipment and facilities.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday that the quickly passed Pay Our Military Act allowed him enough flexibility to end most furloughs for U.S. Department of Defense civilians during the government shutdown, causing several contractors to reduce or eliminate planned furloughs of their own employees.
Seattle Children's Hospital on Friday hit Washington state with a suit claiming that the state's new health insurance website doesn't provide enough plans that cover care at the facility, potentially harming families that rely on its services.
The House Armed Services Committee's general counsel will join Covington & Burling LLP next month, the firm said Friday, in a move that promises to boost the firm's offerings in national security, defense appropriations and sequester-related issues.
Lockheed Martin Corp. will furlough some 3,000 employees from Oct. 7 because of the government shutdown, the defense contracting giant said Friday, adding that it may ask more employees to halt work if the shutdown draws on.
The U.S. Department of Defense will continue to award large contracts during the ongoing federal government shutdown, but won't announce them until the government is back up and running, a spokesman for the Pentagon told Law360 on Thursday.
Bechtel Corp. failed to conduct required safety reviews for some equipment used in its pending $12.2 billion waste treatment plant at the Hanford nuclear site, a problem exacerbated by lax U.S. Department of Energy oversight, according to a DOE watchdog report released Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decided this week to allow contractors to appeal agency determinations that they don't meet the qualifications for the VA's service-disabled veteran-owned small business program, a striking change that may help mitigate congressional criticism of the VA's vetting and protest processes.
Continued sequestration risks future military readiness through funding being pulled from procurement and other necessary equipment programs, such as efforts to repatriate and refurbish billions of dollars of equipment used in Afghanistan, two senior military logistics officials told lawmakers Wednesday.
Flaws with the U.S. Department of Energy’s management of its hydrogen and fuel cells program have resulted in the expenditure of some $6.6 million in "questionable" costs out of a sample of $68 million in reimbursements to 10 contractors, according to an audit released Friday.
Bid protests and contract disputes will face some interruption during the government shutdown that began Tuesday, with the U.S. Government Accountability Office closing its doors, although the Court of Federal Claims and the boards of contract appeals remain open.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that his legal team is exploring the limits of a new military pay law that was quickly passed Monday, seeking to find some flexibility to pay civilian employees and contractors that support military operations during the government shutdown.
Defense Logistics Agency Aviation contracting officers failed to negotiate fair prices from Boeing Co. for hundreds of spare parts orders, resulting in $13.7 million in overpayments, according to a report unsealed Monday by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.
The U.S. federal government officially began shutting down early Tuesday morning after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives held firm on a promise not to pass a short-term spending resolution without delaying the Affordable Care Act and Senate Democrats declined an eleventh-hour offer to confer on a compromise.
While BigLaw attorneys were plenty busy Monday preparing clients for wide-ranging fallout expected from the government shutdown, lawyers said the stoppage could hit firms' critical fourth-quarter revenues and severely impact the year's numbers if it drags on.
With Congress unable to pass new appropriations to keep the government from shutting down, federal contractors must brace for unpredictable disruptions and increased costs under their contracts and begin keeping detailed records to prepare for the inevitable wave of legal disputes over those costs.
The U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General on Monday partially unsealed a report saying U.S. Army contracting staff had failed to properly oversee two contracts for the overhaul of Mi-17 helicopters, resulting in delays and millions of dollars in cost overruns.
The U.S. Department of Defense has not properly specified or overseen the work of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. and its subcontractors during the F-35 fighter jet program, resulting in quality issues which could affect performance and cost of the aircraft, a DOD watchdog said Monday.
With the recent publication of a final rule, the U.S. Department of Defense has solidified the framework for its voluntary cybersecurity program, which will allow defense industrial base participants to better recognize and repel cyber attacks based on compiled patterns regarding attack vectors and hacking trends, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
The U.S. Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General — and likely other OIGs — is coming up with new and innovative ways to conduct suspected fraud investigations in a manner that is less alarming to contractors than the traditional subpoena, say Scott Roybal and Joseph Barton of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
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.