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Government Contracts

  • September 9, 2011

    TriWest Agrees To Pay $10M For Overbilling Military

    TriWest Health Care Alliance Corp. has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a False Claims Act suit brought by four ex-employees and joined by the U.S. alleging it overbilled the military’s medical benefit plan, the federal government announced Friday.

  • September 9, 2011

    Sikorsky Overbilled Army $12M For Parts: DOD Inspector

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. overcharged the U.S. Army $11.8 million for 28 spare parts under a supply contract supporting the Corpus Christi Army Depot, a U.S. Department of Defense report revealed Thursday.

  • September 9, 2011

    Ex-Mass. House Speaker Gets 8 Years For Bribery Plot

    A federal judge in Massachusetts on Friday sentenced one of the state's top politicians to eight years in prison following his conviction for hatching a bribery scheme to help two software companies score multimillion-dollar government contracts.

  • September 9, 2011

    US Fights $69M CERCLA Payment To Shell, ARCO

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the Federal Circuit on Friday that agreements from the 1940s did not contractually obligate the U.S. to indemnify Shell Oil Co. and Atlantic Richfield Co. for $68.8 million in cleanup costs at sites contaminated with aviation fuel from World War II.

  • September 8, 2011

    Hospital Bigwigs Off Hook In Medicare Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday stripped several defendants from a suit in which an ex-employee is accusing a psychiatric hospital of defrauding the government by falsely billing Medicaid and Medicare while dangerously neglecting patients and safety conditions.

  • September 8, 2011

    La. Contests Hold On Medicaid Reforms Worth $2.2B

    Louisiana's health department on Tuesday challenged a state court judge's order blocking it from implementing $2.2 billion in Medicaid reforms that would shift nearly 900,000 patients to new integrated health care networks run by private insurers.

  • September 8, 2011

    Build Droids, Not Death Stars: Pentagon Contract Official

    As the U.S. Department of Defense moves forward with efforts to overhaul its acquisition policy, an official in the Air Force’s contracting unit says the Pentagon should look for lessons in a galaxy far, far away.

  • September 8, 2011

    Military Audit Reforms Depend On IT, Culture Changes

    The U.S. military is streamlining accounting information technology systems and trying to instill a culture of financial accountability in order to meet a 2017 deadline to overhaul their readiness for audits, according to Thursday testimony before a House panel.

  • September 8, 2011

    TI Blasts DOE’s Classified Doc Plan In Nuke Waste Suit

    Texas Instruments Inc. urged the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Wednesday not to prohibit the release of classified information in its suit seeking reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Energy for radioactive waste tort settlements, saying the government sought to establish an unnecessary “cloak of secrecy.”

  • September 8, 2011

    Navy Holds On To Win Over $15M Drug Testing Contract

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Wednesday refused to reverse the federal government's win in a fight with RN Expertise Inc. over the U.S. Navy's withdrawal of a $15 million contract for drug testing services.

  • September 8, 2011

    Tetra Tech Triumphs Over DOE Contract Partner

    A California federal judge on Wednesday handed Tetra Tech EC Inc. a complete victory in its suit claiming that Ahtna Government Services Corp. was liable for breaching an agreement to work on a U.S. Department of Energy contract.

  • September 8, 2011

    Sidley Adds Ex-DOJ Atty To Government Contracts Group

    Sidley Austin LLP on Tuesday said it had hired a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney as counsel in its Washington-based government contracts practice.

  • September 8, 2011

    Convicted Contractor Can't Return To Afghanistan

    A Virginia federal judge ruled Wednesday that a former Blackwater Worldwide contractor convicted of involuntary manslaughter for killing an Afghan civilian would not be allowed to return to Afghanistan while awaiting appeal.

  • September 7, 2011

    DOE Report Slams $870M In Unspent Stimulus Funds

    State and local governments have failed to spend as much as $870 million in stimulus money they received under a U.S. Department of Energy program to improve energy efficiency, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • September 7, 2011

    No New Bribery Trial For Ex-Fla. Port Official: Judge

    A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a former Jacksonville, Fla., port official's post-verdict bids for acquittal and a new trial over $140,000 he allegedly took in bribes, ruling a jury acted reasonably in determining a dredging contractor had bribed him.

  • September 7, 2011

    FAA Pushes Early Resolution In Contract, Bid Disputes

    The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that will push more conflicts into mediation and arbitration, limit motions and appeals, and toughen sanctions for parties that break the rules.

  • September 7, 2011

    Feds Charge 91 With $300M In Medicare Fraud

    A nationwide Medicare fraud and kickbacks crackdown has resulted in criminal charges against 91 defendants — including doctors and nurses — collectively accused of bilking the U.S. of $295 million and putting patients' personal information at risk, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • September 7, 2011

    DOD Settles Shippers' Suit Over Unpaid Surcharges

    The U.S. Department of Defense agreed Tuesday to settle a suit brought by companies that transport household goods for military personnel alleging the DOD failed to reimburse them for congestion fees paid to subcontractors.

  • September 7, 2011

    Issa Slams Agencies For Financial Data Tracking

    A survey of federal agencies' efforts to track their spending has revealed that agencies have made little progress in producing good spending data and making that information public, Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday.

  • September 6, 2011

    Par, Others Targeted In Medicaid Fraud Suit

    Par Pharmaceutical Cos. Inc. and others illegally conspired with pharmacies to boost Medicaid reimbursements by switching higher-priced drugs for cheaper generics, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. and unsealed Tuesday in Illinois federal court.