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Government Contracts

  • February 23, 2011

    APS Healthcare To Pay $13M To Resolve Ga. FCA Suit

    APS Healthcare Inc. announced Wednesday that one of its subsidiaries agreed to pay $13 million to the U.S. government and Georgia to settle allegations from a former employee that it submitted false claims to the Georgia Medicaid Management Program.

  • February 23, 2011

    Charges Shaved In NASA Fraud Suit Against Professor

    A federal judge on Tuesday trimmed charges against a former University of Florida professor accused of stealing $3.7 million from NASA through fraudulent funding requests, saying that a five-year statute of limitations bars wire fraud and money laundering claims.

  • February 23, 2011

    OMB Has Contingency Plan For Shutdown: White House

    As Congress attempts to break its budgetary gridlock by a March 4 deadline, the Office of Management and Budget is preparing contingency plans to keep vital operations functioning during a potential government shutdown, White House officials said Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2011

    Pentagon Nixes Small Biz Competitiveness Program

    The U.S. Department of Defense has ended the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program, a regime testing the effectiveness of eliminating small business set-asides in certain industries.

  • February 22, 2011

    DOD Loosens Joint Acquisition Rules For Spy Agencies

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s acquisitions arm has passed a final rule explicitly allowing non-DOD intelligence agencies to award contracts in excess of the DOD’s simplified acquisition threshold for joint programs with the defense agency.

  • February 22, 2011

    LA Admin Pleads Guilty To $6M Medicare Fraud

    The office manager of a Los Angeles medical equipment company has pled guilty to conspiring with her former church pastor to scam Medicare out of more than $6 million by falsely billing for high-end power wheelchairs.

  • February 22, 2011

    GAO Boots D&M Protest Of Navy IT Contracts

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has rejected Donnelly & Moore Corp.'s claims that the U.S. Navy improperly awarded another company sole-source contracts worth more than $7.3 million for information technology services in California.

  • February 22, 2011

    DOD Adjusts Notification Rules On Bundled Contracts

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday finalized a new rule requiring defense contracting officials to give 30 days advance notice before proposing a bundled procurement.

  • February 22, 2011

    GAO Tosses Protest Over Aircraft Upkeep RFP

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has nixed Airforce Turbine Service Ltd.'s protest over a U.S. Forest Service request for proposals that required bidders to be facilities designated to service aircraft used to fight forest fires.

  • February 18, 2011

    Xe Instructors Win Conditional Cert. In FLSA Suit

    Former Xe Services LLC firearm and tactic instructors have obtained conditional class certification in a lawsuit accusing the security contractor formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide of failing to pay proper overtime wages.

  • February 18, 2011

    US Joins KBR False Claims Suit Over Iraq Job

    The federal government said Friday that it had intervened in a suit brought by a former KBR Inc. employee alleging the company paid a subcontractor in Iraq for materials for which it was later unable to account.

  • February 18, 2011

    Cement Co., Texas Cities Settle Green Policy Fight

    Two Texas cities have agreed to amend their so-called green cement policies in exchange for Ash Grove Texas LP's reducing its release of pollutants, as part of a proposed settlement in a suit alleging the policies violate competitive bidding statutes.

  • February 18, 2011

    7th Circ. Revives Chiropractor's FCA Suit

    The Seventh Circuit has revived a chiropractor's False Claims Act suit that a federal judge in Illinois had dismissed after finding that the plaintiff was not the original source of information detailing her employer's alleged Medicaid and Medicare fraud.

  • February 18, 2011

    SEC Executive Director Returns To Private Sector

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced the departure of executive director Diego Ruiz — who led the agency's strategic planning and contracting activities — as well as the addition of an ex-corporate compliance officer to head its new whistleblower office.

  • February 18, 2011

    DOD Seeks More Input On Property-Reporting Shakeup

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Friday said it was seeking additional public comment on a proposed rule that would remove dollar thresholds for reporting government-furnished property, increasing requirements for contractors to account for government equipment.

  • February 18, 2011

    Oracle Data Sealed In Software Contract Fraud Suit

    A magistrate judge on Friday sided with Oracle Corp. in a suit brought by a former employee accusing the software giant of defrauding the federal government, barring the U.S. from sharing confidential materials with state investigators.

  • February 18, 2011

    GAO Tosses US Bank Protest Against GSA

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has dismissed U.S. Bank NA's protest accusing the U.S. General Services Administration of improperly awarding a task order to Citibank for third-party payment services under a federal freight shipping program.

  • February 18, 2011

    GAO Denies Protest Of $33M Navy Roofing Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest over a $33 million contract to repair the roof of a U.S. Navy building, saying the Navy did not act unreasonably when choosing a higher-priced but more detailed work proposal.

  • February 18, 2011

    Former Charity Honcho Gets 10 Years In Bribery Case

    The former CEO of the National Center for the Employment of the Disabled has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay about $70 million for bribing elected officials to secure federal contracts and embezzling government funds.

  • February 18, 2011

    House GOP Eyes Solyndra's $535M Stimulus Loan

    On the second anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, House Republicans are questioning the success of a $535 million U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee to Solyndra Inc., which recently canceled a planned expansion.