Government Contracts & Investigations

The First Civil False Claims Act Settlement Resulting from PPP Fraud Has Finally Been Announced

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On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California announced the first, and long-anticipated, civil settlement resolving allegations of fraud involving the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Up until last week, PPP enforcement primarily involved egregious criminal matters resulting from brazen, “low-hanging fruit” violations, but Brigham Taylor and SlideBelts, Inc.Read More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

DoD COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Seeks Wider Distribution of Vaccine to Government Contractor Employees to Secure the DIB – Contractors Take Note!

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As government contractors, you have been caught between the Scylla and Charybdis of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the one hand, you have been required to continue to perform your government contracts to ensure the safety and protection of the nation and on the other you have had to address not only state and local governmentRead More

Topics: Supply Chain Risk Management

GSA Removes All But DoD-Approved Drones from MAS Contracts

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In a move that has been expected for some time, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced on January 12, 2021 that it will remove all drones (as defined by 49 U.S.C. Ch. 448) from Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts, except those drones approved by the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) through itsRead More

Topics: Aviation, Sourcing Restrictions, Trade Agreements Act

Don’t Wait Too Long to Bring Your Protest or You’ll Miss Your Opportunity!

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Pre-award protests can be tricky. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has jurisdiction to hear timely bid protests by interested parties regarding violations of procurement law or regulation. Under GAO rules, a pre-award protest challenging improprieties in a solicitation must be filed before the closing time for receipt of initial proposals or quotations. All otherRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Happy New Year!

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The New Year is fast approaching, and this week the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, was signed into law. The Act includes appropriations provisions for the Executive branch agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Energy, Interior, Labor, Health and Human Services, State, Treasury, the General Services Administration, and more, as well as theRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues