One of the authors of a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce report calling for an overhaul of the False Claims Act on Friday defended the report’s reform proposals, despite claims from a whistleblowers’ advocate that the act was an effective anti-fraud tool that did not need revision.
New York City agreed Friday to phase in accessible yellow cabs so that half will be accessible by people in wheelchairs by 2020, in a settlement that could end a disabilities rights class action filed partially in response to the city's beleaguered $1 billion "Taxi of Tomorrow" plan.
The Department of Defense on Tuesday proposed additional regulatory changes to support its goal of eliminating counterfeit electronic parts from the government supply chain, seeking to mandate new contract clauses that would require contractors to do more vigorous testing of components that are at higher risk of counterfeiting.
House Republicans during a Wednesday hearing criticized the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs' efforts to regulate affirmative action in hospitals and promote the hiring of disabled workers, using the discussion as an opportunity to advocate new legislation that would exempt many hospitals from the OFCCP's jurisdiction.
The U.S. General Services Administration is pursuing a new effort to coordinate government agencies' purchases of office supplies, it said Monday, releasing a draft update of its strategic sourcing policy that aims to save the government $155 million per year.
The U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and the U.S. General Services Administration on Monday issued a final rule amending acquisition policy to provide for accelerated payments to small-business subcontractors.
The Obama administration has struggled to staff agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and appoint qualified inspectors general, but the recent declawing of filibusters for presidential nominees will help fill vacant posts and add needed oversight for federal spending, watchdogs say.
In the wake of the deadly Washington Navy Yard shooting and the myriad of classified documents leaked by former defense contractor Edward Snowden, the chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Friday said he has subpoenaed documents relating to the federal security clearance process.
The U.S. Senate recessed Thursday after a contentious vote on filibuster reform, leaving little time to amend and pass the annual defense policy bill when both chambers return to work in December.
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Defense issued on Monday a final rule on contractors' responsibilities for safeguarding unclassified technical data, paring down a cybersecurity rule that was criticized as being too broad when proposed in 2011.
Seven law firms whose stars had dimmed in the eyes of general counsel are once again shining bright, and two up-and-coming legal sparklers are suddenly radiating excellence, according to a new survey of corporations’ favorite firms.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP stands alone among elite law firms in the arena of client service thanks to a concerted long-term effort to respond to client feedback, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
The fickle feelings of corporate counsel are apparent once again in an annual survey gauging which law firms deliver the most sterling client service, as one-third of last year's favorites were cast aside after being outflanked by hungry rivals.
There are more arrogant law firms than in years past, according to a new survey of corporate counsel, but one familiar firm has risen above them all.
The number of law firms that Fortune 1000 clients say offer excellent client service grew by 9.8 percent over the past year, a sign that firms with broader services are separating themselves from the competition, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
Attentive client service, not size, continues to be the critical factor for general counsel at the world's largest corporations, according to a recent survey of corporate counsel, who gave top marks to a mix of large and midsize law firms.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez late Friday announced an additional round of review to pick a company to oversee $1.6 billion in settlement-mandated sewer upgrades, describing it as a cure for irregularities that arose in the selection process.
The statutory and regulatory framework, marketplace, infrastructure and use of health information technology has grown and changed exponentially during the 2013 calendar year — but not without practical and legal challenges ranging from Affordable Care Act implementation to fraud and data protection concerns, say Sidney Welch and Cindy Acosta at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Arising in the context of a government lease, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals' recent decision in Kap-Sum Properties LLC v. U.S. General Services Administration highlights the profound effect that unique federal changes clauses and disputes clauses have on a contractor’s options in the face of government delays and alterations to the contract, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
Given the dim prospects for enactment of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation in the current political environment, the U.S. Department of Defense's new requirements for contractors are an important part of the Obama administration’s efforts to use the government’s procurement power and existing regulatory authorities to increase the cybersecurity of the companies on which the U.S. government relies, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
Two recent decisions in the Fifth Circuit and the Federal Circuit involving Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. dealt with vicarious liability under the Anti-Kickback Act for subcontractor kickbacks accepted by KBR’s employees. Both decisions are flawed, but they should alert contractors to a serious need to revisit ethics and compliance programs to address kickback situations, says John Pachter of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.
If the potential damage from the shutdown is significant and you have not done a great job of keeping good records regarding those confusing and hectic weeks, the time to capture the facts and data necessary to assert any requests for equitable adjustment is now, says Richard O'Keeffe of Wiley Rein LLP.
In many instances, the very businesses still facing time and budgetary constraints that hamper employee understanding of compliance must now add a new layer of comprehension in 2014. The stage is set for a banner enforcement year for regulatory bodies worldwide, says Veta Richardson, president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Tuomey Healthcare System Inc. recently incurred penalties to the tune of $237.4 million under the False Claims Act. The full consequences of this case for hospitals and physicians have not yet fully developed, but it is clear that compensation arrangements may not take into account the volume or value of referrals of designated health services without running afoul of the Stark Law, says Chris Morrison at GrayRobinson PA.
Although the U.S. Department of Defense's recently issued final rule addressing how DOD contractors and subcontractors must safeguard unclassified technical information on their corporate information systems narrows a 2011 proposed rule, it still has wide applicability to private sector information systems where DOD technical information is stored or transmitted, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
One very real concern of moving to a physician payment system with no guaranteed payment increases over the next decade is that physicians with sufficiently high private-payer volume could opt out of Medicare altogether or move to a “concierge” model, say Susan Banks and Christopher Kenny of King & Spalding LLP.
Mandated law student pro bono programs have not worked in championing the causes of social justice for those unable to afford counsel. States would be far better off using their resources to insist on a legislative solution to a very troubling and persistent deficiency in the allocation of legal resources, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.