Government Contracts

  • December 22, 2010

    House OKs Agency Accountability Bill After Stutter

    After a false start, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would require federal agencies to improve efficiency and accountability alongside tighter budget and performance goals.

  • December 22, 2010

    US Joins Qui Tam Suit Over Mayo Medicare Claims

    The U.S. Department of Justice has intervened in a False Claims Act suit brought by a former Mayo Clinic neurologist accusing the Minnesota health care provider of billing Medicare, Medicaid and other federal agencies for lab work it never performed.

  • December 22, 2010

    $725B Defense Authorization Bill Goes To White House

    After coming perilously close to failing to pass defense authorization legislation for the first time in 49 years, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives gave their go-aheads Wednesday to a bill approving $725 billion in U.S. Department of Defense spending for fiscal year 2011.

  • December 22, 2010

    House Strikes Blow At Airbus Tanker Bid

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring the U.S. Department of Defense to consider a World Trade Organization ruling on Airbus SAS subsidies when it awards a $35 billion contract to update the U.S. Air Force's aerial tanker refueling fleet.

  • December 22, 2010

    Obama Inks $250B Short-Term Funding Bill

    President Barack Obama has signed into law stopgap legislation that will fund government operations until March, setting the stage for a clash with the incoming Congress over the federal budget, including funding for the administration’s health care, financial reform and food safety programs.

  • December 21, 2010

    Judge Orders US To Pay $1.6M In La. Land Use Suit

    A federal judge has ordered the U.S. to pay two landholding companies $1.6 million because it had leased land for resource exploration without paying the companies for exploration rights they held on property near a U.S. Army fort and a national forest in Louisiana.

  • December 21, 2010

    DOJ Says SAIC Decision Supports Blackstone FCA Case

    The U.S. Department of Justice has pointed to a recent decision in a False Claims Act suit to bolster its argument that an appeals court should revive a separate FCA suit against Blackstone Medical Inc. over alleged kickbacks to surgeons.

  • December 21, 2010

    GAO Nixes Protest Over EPA Software Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied Source Diversified Inc.'s protest over a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency customer service software contract, ruling that the agency was not obligated to communicate with the company either during the bidding process or after the contract was awarded to a rival. 

  • December 21, 2010

    US Balks At Lockheed Bid For Quick Win In Software Suit

    A federal judge has allowed the U.S. to file an amicus brief in a False Claims Act suit brought by a former project engineer that accuses Lockheed Martin Corp. of secretly mixing low-security freeware into software it designed to run U.S. Air Force satellite and missile launches and lowballing its contract bid by at least $500 million.

  • December 21, 2010

    Senate Sends Short-Term Spending Bill To House

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to pay for government operations through March, leaving budgets for a number of specific defense programs and newly enacted laws to overhaul health care, financial regulation and food safety enforcement in limbo until the next Congress.

  • December 21, 2010

    Army Can't Shake $36M Harbor Contract Claim

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has refused to dismiss a $36 million contract claim over an Alaska harbor construction project, saying the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had failed to adequately justify its delay in issuing a final decision in the matter.

  • December 20, 2010

    Dey To Pay $280M To End Drug Price Inflation Suit

    Mylan Inc. subsidiary Dey Inc. on Monday agreed to pay $280 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by inflating prices for its pharmaceutical products, marking the fourth such settlement announced by the U.S. Department of Justice in December.

  • December 20, 2010

    Energy Department Freezes Contractor Pay For 2 Years

    Following the lead set by President Barack Obama in late November, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would freeze salary and bonuses for contract site and facility management workers for two years.

  • December 20, 2010

    US Aims To Protect Scientists From Politics

    The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy has released new guidelines aimed at combating political interference in the Obama administration’s scientific undertakings, including provisions that would protect the selection of scientific officials from conflicts of interest.

  • December 20, 2010

    Google Can't Protest DOI Software Deal, Supplier Says

    Google Inc. has failed to prove it’s an interested party in a network services contract the U.S. Department of the Interior allegedly skewed in favor of Microsoft Corp., and therefore lacks standing to make a preaward bid protest, a reseller of Microsoft cloud computing software claims.

  • December 20, 2010

    Iowa Food Co. Says Rival Rigged School Lunch Market

    An Iowa food distributor has accused a competitor and a purchasing cooperative of conspiring to create a monopoly in the state's market for school food service.

  • December 20, 2010

    DOJ Wants Names In Accenture Kickback Case

    Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to force Accenture LLP to give up the name of an employee who approved tacking $2 million onto a subcontractor’s pricing proposal before passing it on to the U.S. government — key evidence, they say, in a massive False Claims Act case against the company.

  • December 20, 2010

    ICP Disputes Fairness Of Forest Service Solicitations

    ICP Northwest LLC has launched a protest challenging the fairness and validity of the U.S. Forest Service's solicitations for certain “unique and technologically complex” equipment used by the agency in emergency response operations.

  • December 20, 2010

    US Doesn't Have To Pay For Failed Subcontract: Judge

    A federal judge has knocked down a breach of contract suit filed by a subcontractor seeking about $770,000 from the U.S. government after the prime contractor didn’t pay up on a Marine Corps project.

  • December 20, 2010

    House Blocks Agency Spending Accountability Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to move forward with a Senate-approved bill that would require federal agencies to improve efficiency and accountability alongside tighter budget and performance goals.