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Government Contracts

  • August 2, 2011

    Contested IT Contract Needs New OCI Review: Judge

    A federal judge on Monday blocked the U.S. Department of Defense from awarding an information technology contract at the core of a dispute between Jacobs Technology Inc. and IBM Global Business Services until it completed an analysis of organizational conflicts of interest.

  • August 2, 2011

    Contractors Not Liable In Army Chopper Crash: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that Boeing Co. and other government contractors were not liable for a 2007 helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed eight U.S. soldiers and injured 14, affirming a lower court's dismissal of a product liability case brought by the soldiers' families.

  • August 2, 2011

    Ohio Judge Gets 14 Months For Lying In Bribery Probe

    A former Ohio judge convicted of lying to FBI agents during an investigation into bribery and corruption related to government contract bids was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison Tuesday.

  • August 2, 2011

    Military Officers Reach Plea Deals In Bagram Bribe Case

    Two U.S. military officers accused of participating in a bribery scheme involving construction contracts at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan withdrew their not guilty pleas Monday after reaching plea deals with Hawaii prosecutors.

  • August 2, 2011

    Feds Fail To Keep FCA Docs Sealed In Omnicare Case

    A federal judge in Maryland on Thursday denied the government's bid to keep documents under seal in an ex-employee's case accusing Omnicare Inc. of selling contaminated drugs to the government, saying the documents don't substantially reveal secret investigative practices.

  • August 2, 2011

    Gilead Tries To Nix Whistleblower's Retaliation Suit

    Gilead Sciences Inc. on Monday asked a California federal judge to toss a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit for retaliatory firing, saying dismissal of the claim is the proper sanction for the plaintiff’s alleged destruction of documents amid a suit claiming Gilead paid kickbacks to doctors.

  • August 1, 2011

    US Can Cite Delays To Avoid Damages In Waste Suit: Judge

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled Friday that the U.S. could attempt to avoid damages — but not liability — by arguing that unavoidable delays caused it to violate a contract with Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. to dispose of high-level radioactive waste.

  • August 1, 2011

    EADS To Buy Satellite Co. Vizada For €673M

    European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. NV said Monday that its satellite mobility subsidiary had paid French private equity fund Apax France and other shareholders €673 million ($960 million) for Vizada, which provides satellite-based mobility communication services.

  • August 1, 2011

    Upgrades Hurt Coast Guard's Deepwater Response: GAO

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported Thursday that poor implementation of the U.S. Coast Guard's effort to modernize its ships and aircraft — a program that touches nearly $30 billion in federal contracts — hindered the agency's response to the Deepwater Horizon spill.

  • August 1, 2011

    Contractor Cops To Bid-Rigging $24M Condo Project

    An Oregon contractor pled guilty Friday to rigging bids for a $1.2 million project tied to the development of a $24 million condominium in Portland and fraudulently inducing the state to hand his workers unemployment benefits.

  • August 1, 2011

    Defense Audit Blasts Oversight Of $119M Anham Contract

    Inadequate oversight on a $119 million contract with Anham LLC for warehousing services in Iraq exposed the U.S. government to questionable subcontracting practices and costs, according to a defense audit released Saturday.

  • August 1, 2011

    Contractor Seeks $7.6M For Nixed Flood Control Project

    An engineering contractor filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Friday seeking more than $7.6 million from the government for costs it incurred due to alleged delays and defects in a fixed-price flood control project in Arizona.

  • August 1, 2011

    Obama Taps Cadwalader Partner For DOJ Inspector Post

    President Barack Obama announced Friday that he would nominate Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP partner Michael E. Horowitz, whose practice focuses on white collar defense, internal investigations and regulatory compliance, to fill the inspector general post at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • August 1, 2011

    Ex-Army Officer Gets 18 Months Over Contractors' Bribes

    A former U.S. Army lieutenant was sentenced to 18 months in prison in Texas on Friday for stealing Iraqi fuel and accepting cash, jewelry and clothing from Iraqi contractors in exchange for favors such as relaxing security procedures.

  • July 29, 2011

    Standoff Casts Shadow Over $3B In Iraq Security Contracts

    A dispute between the U.S. Department of State and the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction over access to plans to protect diplomats has cast doubt on the oversight of nearly $3 billion in diplomatic security contracts, adding another layer of uncertainty to an already volatile transition out of Iraq.

  • July 29, 2011

    Anti-Secrecy Group Posts Private ManTech Contract Docs

    The anti-secrecy activist group Anonymous on Friday released a nearly 400-megabyte cache of private documents related to national security contractor ManTech International Corp.'s contracts with the FBI and NATO.

  • July 29, 2011

    NM Prison Exec Cops To Taking Contractors' Bribes

    A former facilities manager for the New Mexico Corrections Department pled guilty Thursday to taking $237,000 in kickbacks in exchange for handing nearly $4 million in contracts to roofing company Omni Development Corp.

  • July 29, 2011

    DOJ Sues Lender For Alleged Lies To HUD

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed suit against the owner of an Illinois-based mortgage lender who allegedly failed to disclose his 2005 fraud indictment to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development when applying for mortgage insurance from the agency.

  • July 29, 2011

    DHS Must Improve IT Acquisition Process: GAO Report

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security should make better use of outside, independent reviews to prevent cost overruns in its information technology programs, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report published Thursday.

  • July 29, 2011

    Wash., SC Sue NRC To Force Yucca Nuclear Decision

    South Carolina and Washington state asked the D.C. Circuit on Friday to force the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to consider an application for a nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain following the Obama administration's decision to kill the project.