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Government Contracts

  • 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.

  • October 19, 2010

    Q&A With Becker & Poliakoff's William Cea

    As new and different procurement methods are utilized by government agencies, and based upon the current economic climate and competition for public work, there will likely be increased judicial review of the process and award decisions, says William J. Cea, a group leader for Becker & Poliakoff PA's government procurement practice group.

  • October 18, 2010

    Forest Service Fends Off Construction Contract Suit

    A federal judge has ruled against United Constructors LLC in a suit it brought against the government over work United did for the U.S. Forest Service, rejecting the company's argument it deserved more money because it had to deal with more small boulders than it expected and because of delays allegedly caused by the Forest Service.

  • October 18, 2010

    Energy Cos. Attack DOI's Delay In Issuing Leases

    A petroleum trade group and six energy firms are claiming that although the companies paid millions of dollars for drilling leases over the last five years, they are still waiting on the U.S. government to issue the leases.

  • October 18, 2010

    GAO Denies Kiewit's Objection To Levee Repair Bid

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied Kiewit Louisiana Co.'s protest over the process to win a contract to repair and improve the levee and floodwalls in Jefferson Parish, La., finding no fault with the way the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers handled the matter.

  • October 18, 2010

    Small Biz Agency Can Keep Records Private: 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration does not have to turn over cell phone records to an advocacy group that is trying to prove the agency conspires to steer small business contracts to large companies, according to a federal appeals court.

  • October 18, 2010

    4 Things To Consider When Deciding To Self-Report

    One of the toughest quandaries defense counsel and company leaders face is whether it is worth it to tell the government when a corporation has violated securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or other regulations. Here are the key questions that companies need to ask themselves when faced with the choice to come forward, according to experts.

  • October 18, 2010

    Vehicles Made In US Despite Chinese Parts: Customs

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ruled that a line of golf and recreational electric vehicles should count as American for the purposes of federal government procurement, even though they are made with some parts imported from China.