The Office of Inspector General found that the U.S. Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency and the Defense Microelectronics Activity did not always comply with interim Federal Acquisition Regulation revisions on the use of cost reimbursement contracts, according to an OIG report released Friday.
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.
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.
Inspectors general have been hit hard by sequestration and other budget cuts, and two thirds of IGs see limited resources as their top challenge, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Association of Government Accountants.
The U.S. Army wasted $14 million on a competition to find a new source of improved M4 carbines that it does not have an immediate requirement for, according to a report Monday by the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General.
Litigation matters are expected to spike in the coming year, but budget-conscious general counsel expect firms to do whatever it takes to make sure they stick to the bottom line — and that includes settling and settling early, a new survey of in-house counsel said.
With litigation on the rise, law firms are looking for a bigger piece of the pie these days, but they won't get it unless they start to think more creatively about how to attract and retain clients, a new survey of in-house counsel said.
Four firms strike fear in the hearts of corporate counsel more than any others thanks to their relentless approach to high-stakes litigation and a knack for building legal teams that go for the jugular, according to a new survey.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office found Friday that the Navy properly waived a legal requirement for competitive prototyping in a $4.5 billion procurement of new presidential helicopters, based on studies showing that the Navy could finish the project faster and cheaper by modifying existing aircraft designs.
Medicare will trim payments to 2,225 hospitals where patients have been readmitted too quickly and frequently, virtually the same number as last year, but overall penalties will fall to $227 million from $280 million, the government said Friday, suggesting modest progress in an Affordable Care Act goal of curbing return visits.
Medicare has recovered just a sliver of as much as $70 million in overpayments to suppliers of durable medical equipment despite a mandate that such companies obtain bonds to guarantee taxpayers can recoup excessive reimbursement, according to a report issued Wednesday.
A significantly smaller percentage of in-house counsel used some form of alternative legal fee structures last year, according to a new legal survey from Fulbright & Jaworski LLP that defied previous years' upward trends and more vocal criticism in recent years of the billable hour.
Corporations beefed up their legal departments in 2012 and expect to do the same this year, according to a new report, with mounting regulatory challenges and abundant litigation combining to boost the need for in-house expertise.
In-house corporate lawyers last year rated fixed-fee legal pricing the most effective alternative fee model to the straight billable hour, according to an annual Fulbright & Jaworski LLP survey released Tuesday.
Corporate counsel singled out nearly 100 litigators as the most client service-driven in their field thanks to their innate ability to deliver solid outcomes, effectively communicate litigation strategy and prioritize their clients' business interests.
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.