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DOJ announces one of largest False Claims Act recoveries concerning U.S. Government small business programs

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $16 million settlement with Virginia-based government defense contractor, ADS Inc., to resolve allegations that ADS and its subsidiaries violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for payment under fraudulently obtained small business set-aside contracts.

Law360’s Government Contracts Group of the Year Award Goes to Hogan Lovells

Law360, New York (January 13, 2015, 6:24 PM ET) — Hogan Lovells’ government contracts practice once again showed its knack for helping clients dominate tough litigation, as it guided Lockheed Martin Corp. through contentious fee litigation with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and successfully maintained a concession contract for the Grand Canyon’s primary resort manager,

Contractors and Companies in the Federal Supply Chain Have an Opportunity to Prepare for the Impending, Significant Expansion of the Government’s Anti-Human Trafficking Rules

Last fall, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council and Department of Defense (DoD) published proposed rules to implement requirements in President Obama’s Executive Order 13627 and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of FY 2013 intended to combat human trafficking in the Government’s supply chain. These implementing rules, which have drawn extensive comments from a

DOD, NASA, and GSA Release Proposed Rule Affecting Contracts Under SBA’s 8(a) Program

On Monday, February 3, 2014, DOD, NASA and GSA released a rule proposing several substantive changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provisions governing the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program.  See 77 Fed. Reg. 6,135.  The 8(a) Business Development program assists small, disadvantaged companies break into the marketplace by setting aside small

Recent Amendments to SBIR and STTR Policy Directives Impact Calculation of Benchmark Rates

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently amended provisions of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Policy Directives in response to comments that the SBA received in response to the final Policy Directives, published on August 6, 2012 (77 Fed. Reg. 46,806-46,908).  The Policy Directives provide guidance to Federal agencies

11th Circuit holds that companies may be indefinitely suspended on the basis of an indictment of an affiliate; no independent showing of wrongdoing is required

In a long awaited decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that affiliates of Public Warehousing Company, K.S.C. (PW), which was indicted for fraud, may be suspended for periods in excess of 18 months even though they were not charged or otherwise implicated in the misconduct. Agility Defense & Government Services v. U.S. Dept.

Recent federal court decision underscores importance of thoughtfully crafting government contractor teaming agreements

In a case that could impact the enforceability of teaming agreements in both state and federal courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recently held that a teaming agreement that, in the court’s view, amounted to an “agreement to agree” was not an enforceable contract under Virginia law.