Government Contracts

  • November 21, 2017

    Navy Ignored Worker Attrition In $490M Contract, GAO Says

    The U.S. Navy is 0-for-3 at the U.S. Government Accountability Office on a more than $490 million base operations support contract in Guam, according to a bid protest decision made public Monday admonishing the military service for overlooking its chosen contractor’s plans to “repeatedly” replace nonunion employees.

  • November 20, 2017

    Chicago Hit With Antitrust Action Over Lighting Project

    An Illinois-based lighting company slapped the city of Chicago with an antitrust suit Friday, saying the city wrongfully relaxed proposal rules in its subcontractor request for modernized outdoor lighting so it could use the less energy-efficient General Electric Lighting products it already knew it wanted to use.

  • November 20, 2017

    State Dept. OKs $10.5B Patriot Missile Sale To Poland

    Poland has the go-ahead from federal officials to buy up to $10.5 billion in Raytheon Co.-made Patriot missiles and related equipment, as the U.S. Department of State has approved the sale, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency stated on Friday.

  • November 20, 2017

    DOD Slow To Target Rising Rx Costs, Fraud Risks: Watchdog

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s health care arm had been too slow to respond to risks of fraud posed by drugs with rapidly rising costs, only recently updating its rules to cut down on those risks, according to a watchdog report Monday.

  • November 20, 2017

    OIG Finds Coast Guard IT Investments Lack Oversight

    A government watchdog has urged the U.S. Coast Guard to adopt new oversight measures for information technology procurements designated as “non-major,” in a report this month finding the current fragmented system lacks measures to ensure the acquisitions are subjected to the appropriate level of review.

  • November 20, 2017

    GSA Awards 61 Companies Slots On $50B Alliant IT Contract

    The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded 61 companies a place on the latest iteration of its Alliant multiaward information technology services contract, a massive deal worth up to $50 billion, it announced Monday.

  • November 20, 2017

    Contractor Urges Toss Of Nuclear Waste Cleanup FCA Suit

    A U.S. Department of Energy contractor accused of falsifying small, disadvantaged business participation in its multibillion-dollar nuclear waste cleanup contract urged a Washington federal judge Friday to toss the government's False Claims Act suit it says is based on honest mistakes and conduct that didn’t affect contracting decisions.

  • November 20, 2017

    Raytheon Must Produce Some Docs In Trade Secrets Row

    Raytheon will have to produce additional documents in a suit from another defense contractor over a defunct teaming agreement for national security contracts worth $450 million, after a Virginia federal magistrate judge ruled Friday in favor of the company seeking discovery.

  • November 20, 2017

    9th Circ. Urged To Trim Subcontractor's $1.1M Award Appeal

    An American contractor urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to trim an Afghan subcontractor’s appeal seeking to revive a $1.07 million arbitration award stemming from a dispute over U.S. government prime contracts for construction in Afghanistan, saying the company seeks review of issues the lower court didn’t address.

  • November 17, 2017

    Duke Awarded $68M In Spent Nuclear Fuel Suit Against DOE

    A federal judge Friday granted two Duke Energy units nearly $68.5 million in damages resulting from the federal government's partial breach of a contract to collect spent nuclear fuel and waste from four plants in the Carolinas and Florida, but found an additional $3.1 million not recoverable.

  • November 17, 2017

    DynCorp Loses Protest Of $10B Counternarcotics Contract

    A Federal Claims decision unsealed Thursday tossed DynCorp’s challenge to a $10 billion counternarcotics support services contract it lost to AAR Airlift, but the ruling, resting largely on deference to the U.S. Department of State, was not without hand-wringing by a judge who called the unclear bidding process “troubling.”

  • November 17, 2017

    DOJ Denies Claims Of Change To FCA Dismissal Policy

    The U.S. Department of Justice has not taken a more aggressive stance toward seeking to throw out of court whistleblower False Claims Act suits that it deems unmeritorious, it indicated Friday, as the author of a report highlighting the purported policy change stood by his view.

  • November 17, 2017

    Exonerated Doc Isn't Innocent In $200M Medicare Con: Feds

    Prosecutors told Florida federal court Thursday not to declare innocent a doctor whose conviction for participating in a $200 million Medicare fraud was overturned three years into a nine-year sentence, arguing that while not proven guilty she “is not actually innocent.”

  • November 17, 2017

    House Dems Want Trump To Reverse DOD Afghan Secrecy Policy

    A pair of senior House Democrats urged President Donald Trump Friday to reverse a U.S. Department of Defense policy to classify previously public information on the performance and strength of Afghanistan’s armed forces, saying it will harm the ability of Congress to properly oversee U.S. operations in Afghanistan.

  • November 17, 2017

    GAO Backs Corps' Denial Of Flood Wall Bid, Citing Conflict

    The Government Accountability Office has sustained the exclusion of a joint venture from bidding on construction of earthen flood walls on Lake Okeechobee in Florida because one of the two companies helped the government review wall design plans.

  • November 17, 2017

    Feds Broker $1.25M Nursing Home Substandard-Care Deal

    The operators of a Mississippi nursing home have agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle claims they billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • November 17, 2017

    Children’s Health Org Backs Hospitals In 1st Circ. CMS Row

    The Children’s Hospital Association urged the First Circuit on Thursday to uphold several New Hampshire hospitals’ win in a dispute over the alteration of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimbursement policy, saying a reversal would have “far-reaching and harmful impacts” to children’s health organizations.

  • November 16, 2017

    Senate Sends $700B Defense Bill To Trump's Desk

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved the nearly $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, sending the legislation to be signed into law alongside a companion bill intended to address concerns about the U.S. Department of Defense exercising oversight of drugs and medical devices.

  • November 16, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive FCA Suit Against CVS Caremark

    In a precedential ruling Thursday, the Third Circuit affirmed a Pennsylvania federal judge’s dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit against CVS Caremark Corp., finding that although the lower court’s reasoning was wrong, the whistleblower failed to show the alleged misrepresentations were important to the government’s decision to pay claims under Medicare Part D.

  • November 16, 2017

    Va. Transpo Officials, Contractors Cop To $10M Bribery Plot

    A pair of Virginia Department of Transportation supervisors and three trucking contractors have pled guilty to a scheme to bribe the officials to steer $10.3 million in state snow removal contracts toward the contractors, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Preparing For An Increase In I-9 Worksite Enforcement

    Leigh Ganchan

    Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan recently issued a directive to increase worksite enforcement, putting I-9 compliance personnel on notice. However, knowing some basics about this development can help stakeholders gauge what to expect from the current administration, says Leigh Ganchan of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Suspension And Debarment: FY 2017 By The Numbers

    David Robbins

    Suspension and debarment data for fiscal year 2017 is now available in the System for Award Management, and an analysis reveals fascinating trends, says David Robbins of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mixed Enforcement Signals For FHA Mortgage Lenders

    Douglas Baruch

    Two significant events in the last several weeks are forcing Federal Housing Administration mortgage lenders to scratch their heads in assessing the government’s intentions when it comes to pursuing fraud cases under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.