Government Contracts & Investigations

DIB Take Note: SolarWinds Hack and DHS CISA Emergency Directive on Cyber Vulnerabilities Point to the Need to be Prepared for APTs

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If you don’t know about SolarWinds, then you haven’t been reading the news for the past six months. Last October 2020, it was reported that a widely-used networking tool that helps companies in the public and private sectors manage their Information Technology (IT) portfolios – SolarWinds Orion product — had been compromised. Publicly, it hasRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Government Contracts, Supply Chain Risk Management

Paycheck Protection Program – What Has Changed?

Previously we reported on the various types of loan relief available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), implemented by the Small Business Administration (SBA), with support from the Department of the Treasury, is a key program to provide funding to helpRead More

Topics: Statutes and Regulations

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