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Mary Kate Healy

Mary Kate Healy

Mary Kate Healy is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where she practices in both the Antitrust and Government Contracts practice groups. Mary Kate counsels clients across a broad range of industries, including aerospace, defense, health care, and technology. In addition, she represents government contractors in bid protests and False Claims Act investigations, and she counsels corporations regarding potential acquisitions.

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Whistle(blowing) While You Work: GAO Recommends Improvements to Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program

Posted in False Claims
On March 2, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report highlighting necessary improvements to effectively implement the Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program (WPPP).  The WPPP, introduced in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, and made permanent by Congress in December 2016, expanded whistleblower rights against reprisal for employees of contractors,… Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Disappointment for FCA Practitioners Hoping for a Ruling on Stat Sampling

Posted in False Claims
On February 14, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in United States ex rel. Michaels v. Agape Senior Cmty. Inc. addressing only the first of the two issues that the district court had certified for interlocutory appeal: (1) whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) possesses an unreviewable veto authority over proposed settlements and (2) whether… Continue Reading

Federal Circuit Permits Contractor to Add New Claim to Pending Complaint

Posted in Claims
On February 12, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in K-CON Building Systems, Inc. v. United States, addressing jurisdiction over contractor claims under the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”). Specifically, K-CON Building Systems explores the implications of claim identification, and whether a contractor can add a new claim to a pending matter when the new… Continue Reading