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Government Contracts

  • July 25, 2011

    Ex-La. Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Racketeering

    A federal jury on Monday reportedly found a former Louisiana lawmaker guilty of one count of racketeering in connection with political operative Mose Jefferson's alleged misuse of more than $1 million in federal and state grant money.

  • July 25, 2011

    Telecom Badgers University Over $32M Broadband Grant

    A telecommunications provider filed suit in Wisconsin state court against the state's university system Wednesday, saying it is using a $32.3 million federal grant to gain an advantage over private companies in the competition to provide broadband services.

  • July 25, 2011

    Millions In U.S. Funds Reached Taliban, Report Says

    Confirming what many in the government had suspected and feared, an unreleased military report obtained by the Washington Post showed how U.S. taxpayer money indirectly reached the Taliban through a $2.16 billion trucking contract in Afghanistan.

  • July 27, 2011

    CORRECTED: US Can't Apply Title IX Test To High Schools, Suit Says

    A Title IX reform group sued the U.S. Department of Education in Washington on Thursday in an attempt to bar the agency from holding high schools that receive federal funding to a three-part test to determine compliance with the law. (A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the group sought to bar the agency from holding high schools to Title IX itself.)

  • July 25, 2011

    Senate Bill Gets Tough On Federal Payment Errors

    U.S. Senator Thomas Carper, D-Del., floated a bill Friday aimed at cracking down on federal payment errors by requiring federal agencies to better monitor improper contractor compensation and boost efforts to recover improper payments.

  • July 25, 2011

    Ky. Sues McKesson, First DataBank Over AWP Inflation

    Kentucky sued drug distributor McKesson Corp. and First DataBank Inc. for allegedly conspiring to artificially inflate average wholesale drug prices, costing taxpayers millions of dollars in higher-priced Medicaid reimbursements, the state's attorney general said Monday.

  • July 25, 2011

    Pentagon Bars Contractors From Interrogations

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday issued a final rule barring contractor personnel from interrogating detainees in the department's custody, rejecting calls by some to eliminate a provision that allows a waiver of the prohibition for a limited time.

  • July 25, 2011

    FAA Projects Grounded After Congress Fails To OK Funds

    The Federal Aviation Administration has shut down dozens of major airport modernization projects due to Congress' failure to pass the latest short-term extension to a funding bill for the agency, agency officials said Monday.

  • July 22, 2011

    1st Circ. Revives FCA Claims In Amgen Kickback Suit

    The First Circuit on Friday revived states' False Claims Act allegations in a whistleblower suit accusing Amgen Inc. and others of bribing health care providers, finding that the states' regulations forbid kickback-induced claims to their Medicaid programs.

  • July 22, 2011

    Lockheed Martin Hit With Shareholder Class Action

    A pension fund filed a class action in New York on Wednesday alleging Lockheed Martin Corp. defrauded investors with bullish statements about its information systems business in 2009.

  • July 22, 2011

    Kaplan Pays $1.6M To Settle Whistleblower Suit

    Kaplan Inc. resolved a whistleblower employee's fraud suit Friday, agreeing to pay $1.6 million over allegations that it concealed taking government money while providing worthless surgical technician training.

  • July 22, 2011

    Xe Whistleblowers’ $123M Damage Estimate Nixed

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday barred the $123 million damages estimate of former Blackwater Worldwide employees in an upcoming civil trial against the contractor, now known as Xe Services LLC, which they accuse of overbilling the U.S. for security work.

  • July 22, 2011

    GOP Questions Depth Of New Yucca Mountain Report

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday released a report detailing post-shutdown safety conditions at the canceled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada, but House Republicans responded by calling for more information.

  • July 22, 2011

    Developers Sue US Over Low-Income Housing Contracts

    Four housing developers claimed Thursday that the federal government breached subsidized mortgage contracts by blocking them from prepaying mortgages and turning low-income housing into market-rate units.

  • July 21, 2011

    US Audit Slams Afghan Banks, Regulators' Cash Oversight

    Poor cooperation from Afghanistan's banks and financial regulators has hampered efforts to secure billions of U.S. aid dollars flowing into the country, leading to a risk that aid money could be diverted to fund insurgents, according to a government report released Wednesday.

  • July 21, 2011

    Heating Co. Exec Gets 3 Years In Ohio Corruption Case

    An Ohio businessman who pled guilty as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe in the state was sentenced Wednesday to 37 months in prison for bribing public officials in exchange for contracts.

  • July 21, 2011

    Defective Parts Threaten Space, Missile Missions: GAO

    Defective parts could derail expensive space and missile defense acquisitions by NASA and the military, and the federal government should conduct periodical reviews to ensure quality, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday.

  • July 21, 2011

    HP, Others Escape FCA Suit Over Asian Tech Imports

    A Washington federal judge dismissed several major defendants Tuesday from a Hewlett-Packard Co. selling agent employee's qui tam suit alleging that HP and others violated the False Claims Act when they sold technology products made in Asia to the U.S. government.

  • July 21, 2011

    Red River Settles FCA Claims Over Air Force Telecom Deal

    Telecommunications contractor Red River Service Corp. on Tuesday received final approval for its False Claims Act settlement with an ex-employee who had accused the company and a U.S. Air Force officer of overcharging the government by $6.1 million for work at an Oklahoma base.

  • July 21, 2011

    State Dept. Worker Fired Over $52M Contract Fraud Report

    The U.S. Department of State said Thursday it had fired an analyst who was accused of funneling $52 million in federal contracts to a company owned by a man she had secretly married.