The original intent of the False Claims Act (FCA) was to punish unscrupulous firms doing business with the government for committing fraud. However, now that whistleblowers could earn $30 million, FCA claims will be coming from a whole new direction.
Several times daily, 22-year-old Fatu Kekula covered her legs in trash bags, wrapped her hair, donned a raincoat, four pairs of gloves and a mask. Her entire family had been stricken with deadly Ebola, and she was their only hope.
“It’s no longer sufficient just to control lifecycle costs, as was the case under BBP 2.0,” said DoD Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall. The emphasis for round three will be on maintaining cutting edge technology.
Well, kids, today’s post has a theme: subcontracting. One of the many reasons subcontracts are complex is that they are actually hybrid agreements of commercial contracts (governed by state law) and government contracts mostly ruled by Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
In the 4th century B.C., a Greek doctor returned from Persia with a tale of a mythical white stallion sporting a glistening horn from its forehead. As late as the middle ages, otherwise reasonable men searched for the elusive creature.
When the Small Business Administration (SBA) developed the 8(a) program, the idea was to encourage more small business contractors and to expand the number of firms that would develop critical government skills. So, how’s the program working? Hmm, good question.
One strategy plaintiff lawyers sometimes use when defending False Claims Act (FCA) allegations is the “particularity requirement” of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b). Historically, the requirement has meant that specific examples of fraud must usually accompany a complaint. Not anymore.
As Russia continues attempting to destabilize Ukraine, the US and its European allies are cranking up sanctions. You know they’re getting serious when oil and gas is included. But, it’s not just Exxon Mobile. Defense contractors may be affected, too.
According to a new GAO report, agencies are doing a terrible job of vetting security contractors. One-third of the government’s cyber workforce are contractors, and some of reportedly them have no background checks at all. What could possibly go wrong?
Defense contractors with access to sensitive information will soon have new notice and access requirements to contend with if their firms’ computers are compromised. Reporting must be swift, and contractors may be required to hand their computers to the Pentagon.