Government Contracts

  • October 20, 2010

    Fewer Contract Dollars Spark Fiercer Fights In 2011

    Companies are facing stiff competition for federal contracts in the new fiscal year, with a 5 percent decrease in agency budgets expected to bring stricter enforcement, more frequent protests and tougher fights over the estimated $142 billion of opportunities in play, experts say.

  • October 20, 2010

    Software Co. Stanley Aims To Join $30M Contract Suit

    Stanley Associates Inc. has moved to join litigation trying to bar the government contractor from starting work on a $30 million deal to further develop information-sharing software for federal agencies and health care providers while rival Harris Patriot Healthcare Solutions LLC challenges the contract award.

  • October 20, 2010

    Q&A With LeClairRyan's Thomas Coulter

    With the downturn in the economy, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded projects are becoming more and more important to government contractors — but these projects come with quite a few strings attached, says Thomas A. Coulter, head of LeClairRyan's government contracts practice group.

  • October 20, 2010

    FedEx Hit With $66M Verdict In ATA Contract Battle

    A federal jury has issued a $66 million verdict against FedEx Corp., finding that the company breached a valid long-term contract with ATA Airlines Inc. to provide service for military passengers.

  • October 20, 2010

    Huron, Empire Urge Toss Of St. Vincent FCA Claims

    Huron Consulting Group Inc. and Empire Healthchoice Assurance Inc. have urged a federal judge to finally throw out a whistleblower suit alleging they overbilled Medicare and Medicaid $50 million while running St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center into the ground.

  • October 20, 2010

    Hartford Seeks To Avoid Covering Lighting Co. IP Suit

    Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. has asked a federal court to declare that it need not defend or indemnify Energy Focus Inc. in a dispute with a rival over alleged trade secrets misappropriation and contract breaches during the bidding process for a $1.4 million contract to retrofit submarines for the U.S. Navy.

  • October 20, 2010

    Hi-Tech Files Bid Protest Over Army Beds

    Government contractor Hi-Tech Beds Systems Corp. has filed a bid protest against the U.S. Army, saying it disregarded its own standards in order to buy cheap barracks beds for a base at Ft. Carson, Colo.

  • October 20, 2010

    OFPP Eyes End To Exemption For Foreign Contracts

    The Office of Federal Procurement Policy may end a cost accounting exemption for contracts executed and performed outside of the U.S. and its territories, despite concerns from industry groups that removing the exemption could make it harder to enlist foreign vendors.

  • October 20, 2010

    GSA Awards Landmark Cloud Computing Contract

    The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded the first governmentwide cloud computing contract to 11 vendors — including Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc. — who will help launch a new line of infrastructure-as-a-service offerings aimed at supporting expansion of the government's IT capabilities.

  • October 20, 2010

    Western Titanium Exec Wants Charges Trimmed

    With less than a week before a criminal supply fraud case against Western Titanium Inc. over fighter jet materials heads to trial, a former company executive charged in the case has asked a judge to strike more than a dozen allegations from the indictment.

  • October 19, 2010

    Nurse, Dr.'s Sentences Upheld In Medicare Scam Case

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected challenges by a nurse and a doctor to prison sentences stemming from their alleged roles in a scheme to bilk Medicare of millions of dollars in reimbursements for medically unnecessary treatments for HIV patients.

  • October 19, 2010

    GAO Urges DHS To Improve Oversight Of Contractors

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not effectively managed contracted work that Boeing Co. has completed as part of a $4.4 billion border security project, according to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • October 19, 2010

    Wiley Rein Lands Ex-JAG Atty From Patton Boggs

    Wiley Rein LLP has boosted its government contracts practice by snagging a former U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps attorney and contract specialist from Patton Boggs LLP.

  • October 19, 2010

    Chicago Office Under Fire For No-Bid Radio Contract

    Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications improperly routed a $23 million contract for a digital radio system to a vendor — reportedly Motorola Inc. — and justified the sole-source deal by pointing to earlier, similar contracts with the same vendor, according to the city's Office of the Inspector General.

  • October 19, 2010

    USDA Adds 8 Items To BioPreferred Procurement List

    Disposable tableware and topical pain relief ointments are among the eight types of products that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently added to its biobased product list, which grants them preferred procurement status by federal agencies.

  • October 19, 2010

    Kustom Targeted For Allegedly Bogus Helicopter Parts

    The federal government is investigating whether an Oregon company that has been awarded more than $30 million in Department of Defense contracts since 2005 defrauded the U.S. by providing bogus lock nuts for Kiowa military helicopters.

  • October 19, 2010

    UN Urges More Oversight Of US Security Contractors

    An expert body with the U.N. has called for more stringent oversight of U.S. private security contractors in Afghanistan, describing a highly critical U.S. Senate report on the role and oversight of such contractors as a “step in the right direction” but adding that more was needed to address the problems it raised.

  • October 19, 2010

    Supreme Court To Weigh State Secrets In A-12 Case

    If the U.S. Supreme Court sides with the government in Boeing Co. and General Dynamics Corp.'s long-running dispute with the U.S. Navy over a contract for the ill-fated A-12 Avenger, then doing business with the government on top-secret matters, already a risky proposition, could get riskier, according to experts.

  • October 19, 2010

    FCA Lawsuit Over $414M Military Contract Bunk: MEP

    Mission Essential Personnel LLC has moved to dismiss for a second time a qui tam complaint accusing the company of violating the False Claims Act by providing the U.S. with unqualified translators for its war in Afghanistan and lying about the linguists' language skills to collect under a $414 million government contract.

  • October 19, 2010

    Pa. Whistleblower Drops $77M Medicaid Fraud Suit

    A federal judge has dismissed a False Claims Act suit that accused Pennsylvania of fleecing the federal government of $77 million through fraudulent Medicaid reimbursement requests.