Government Contracts & Investigations

Beware Rogue Employees with a Taste for Fraud

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As if more evidence were needed, a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) indictment provides another reminder of the importance of an effective compliance program—and the potential costs to contractors if their program doesn’t prevent fraudulent actions by individual employees. Last week, the DOJ announced it has entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with Alutiiq InternationalRead More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

New Law Makes Major Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, H.R. 7010 (PPPFA) recently passed by Congress and signed by the president on June 5, 2020 makes significant changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in an effort to provide greater flexibility and benefits to borrowers. The implementation of these changes will depend in part upon furtherRead More

Topics: Statutes and Regulations

Top 10 Action Items for Contractors Reopening Their Offices

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During the COVID-19 pandemic the construction industry has, for the most part, been able to continue field operations on existing projects. Of course, regulations have varied from state to state, and in some regions operations have been restricted or curtailed. For the last several weeks construction trade associations such as Associated General Contractors and AssociatedRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Construction

DOJ Update to Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Program Guidance is a Must Read for Government Contractors of All Sizes and Shapes

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Companies doing business in the United States are required to act honestly in their business dealings. Companies that have affirmative compliance and reporting requirements may suffer significant penalties if they are determined to violate applicable laws, rules and regulations. The U.S Sentencing Guidelines (USSG) provide for reduced sentencing for companies that have an effective complianceRead More

Topics: Contract Administration, Ethics and Compliance

Flouting Affiliation Rules When Pursuing Small Business Set-Asides Can Lead to FCA Woes

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If you were somehow still wondering whether small businesses really need to be concerned about the affiliation rules in the Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Furthermore, running afoul of those rules can easily lead to liability under the False Claims Act (FCA), as most recently demonstrated by an OklahomaRead More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements, Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues