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The Cost of Silence in Procurement Fraud Investigations

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When I was the Procurement Fraud Remedies Director for the Air Force I wrote a number of articles about the need for contractors to engage early with the government when facing procurement fraud allegations.  My time back in private practice has caused me to “double down” on that sentiment.  We’ve defended a number of individuals and companies facing… Continue Reading

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces – proposed rule links labor violations to unethical conduct

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We’ve just published our Summer 2015 compliance brief focused on the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces proposed rule and guidance from the Department of Labor. Please see http://www.shulmanrogers.com/media/publication/196_GovCon%20Compliance%20Brief%20Summer%202015%20Fair%20Pay%20and%20Safe%20Workplaces%20_2_.pdf and you will download a copy of our brief, 10 slide assessment of key terms and compliance tips.… Continue Reading

3 year sentence for a former AF official on bribery-related charges

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Interesting facts from the now-ended, long running bribery related case of John Sims: 1) the federal investigation began in 2009, showing just how long some of these investigations take. 2) Mr. Sims apparently was both a contractor and a civilian employee through critical periods of this investigation/prosecution 3) guilty plea was to 5 of the… Continue Reading

Quite a Week for Fraud Related News

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The FedBid story in yesterday’s Washington Post is fascinating: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/va-contracting-official-misused-her-position-to-help-company-ig-report-finds/2014/10/02/e903a1d2-47f8-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html Law360 covers an interesting Congressional/Executive branch split relating to whistleblower protections for federal employees: http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/583761?nl_pk=a1c7e8b8-77a3-4368-85a3-90926e036c09&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=governmentcontracts And a guilty plea in a long running case of mischarging and fraud at Shaw Air Force Base: http://www.wltx.com/story/news/crime/2014/10/01/men-plead-guilty-to-defrauding-shaw-air-force-base/16525957/… Continue Reading

Instead of posting about the non-renewal of USIS background check contract…

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…please allow me to take a moment to thank first responders, soldiers, and ordinary citizens who banded together in a time of immense need and tragedy many years ago today.  Perhaps it’s been “long enough,” but this is the first September 11 that I didn’t want up thinking “X years ago, something terrible happened.”  But that does not… Continue Reading

Excellent series involving state and local procurement and grant fraud issues

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Dean Jessica Tillipman and Professor Christopher Yukins of GW Law have posted an excellent series on a recent DC Metro case that covers many fascinating state and local procurement and grant fraud issues.  They are well worth the read: Tillipman’s piece (read first):  http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2014/8/27/dc-metro-opens-doors-to-procurement-fraud-and-retaliation.html Yukins’ piece (read second):  http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2014/8/28/so-much-to-learn-from-dc-metro-case.html… Continue Reading

How to Choose a Lawyer for Your Government Contracting Company – PART 1

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My colleagues in the Government Contracts Bar and I get asked all the time “how do I find the right lawyer for my growing government contracting company?”  This is a challenging, gut-wrenching question that entrepreneurs and executives agonize over.  A lot rides on the decision.  Are you ready to move to the next level?  Graduating… Continue Reading

DC Cir overturns KBR internal investigation privilege decision

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In a triumph of common sense, the DC Circuit overturned the KBR privilege decision last week which exempted from privilege internal investigations overseen by in house counsel with a primary purpose of complying with the mandatory disclosure rule.  Although that ruling was temporarily good for business for people like me, it just did not make sense.  Common… Continue Reading

About Nader’s call for full text of gov contracts to go online

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I read with some interest a piece in the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ralph-nader/government-secrecy_b_5036280.html where Ralph Nader railed against government secrecy.  One of his proposed methods of curing this is to “post the full text of government contracts online.”  His reason is “[f]ree access to government contracts by taxpayers, the media, scholars, watchdog groups, and even other bidders would be… Continue Reading

Traps for the Unwary: Affiliation Issues in Financing Small Business Government Contractors

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Contracting programs like the 8(a) Business Development Program, the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns Program, and the Woman-Owned Small Business Program present tremendous opportunities for small businesses to grow and thrive by providing access to potentially lucrative government contracts with limited competition (“set aside” contracts).  But easily and often overlooked compliance issues may, by operation… Continue Reading

Bridging the Communications Gap Between SDO and Contractor

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As published in Law360, here:  http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/528698/a-communication-gap-between-industry-debarring-officials A Communication Gap Between Industry, Debarring Officials Law360, New York (April 17, 2014, 12:41 PM ET) — Suspension and debarment, alternatively referred to (largely inaccurately) as the “death penalty” for government contractors, arouses passions despite being an area of law and policy without much guidance or substantive case law.… Continue Reading

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children — 30th birthday

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And now a break from regularly scheduled blogging. Last night, my wife and I attended the 30th anniversary celebration for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  http:www.missingkids.com   It’s an amazing organization built from the unimaginable pain of losing a child into an advocacy powerhouse that, literally, saves lives.  Surrounded by law enforcement, politicians,… Continue Reading