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Sharmistha Das

Sharmistha Das

Sharmistha Das is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a member the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources and Government Contracts groups. She also participates in the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity and Administrative & Regulatory Law groups. Sharmi’s practice focuses on providing affirmative and defensive claims counseling to clients in connection with substantial and technically complex government contracts to support clients’ efforts to mitigate financial exposure and the risk of termination. In addition, she represents government contractors in bid protests and False Claims Act (FCA) litigations and assists clients in protecting sensitive information that is requested by third parties under FOIA. Her Environment & Natural Resources practice includes assisting clients in responding to citations issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), including supporting clients’ mediation, litigation, and negotiation efforts.

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COFC Rejects Government Motion to Dismiss ACA “Risk Corridors” Case

Posted in Claims
In a recent decision, the Court of Federal Claims rejected the Government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed under the Tucker Act seeking to recover “risk corridors” payments pursuant to §1342 of the Affordable Care Act. In Health Republic Insurance Co. v. U.S. (Jan. 10, 2017), the Court held that “HHS is required to make… Continue Reading

New Compliance Requirements to Prevent Trafficking: What do the rules require? What contractors are subject to them? What questions remain?

Posted in Ethics & Compliance
On January 29, 2015, the FAR Council published a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to strengthen existing regulations against trafficking in persons. The new rule, which will be effective March 2, 2015, includes a variety of new compliance provisions that will impact government contractors of all shapes and sizes. The agencies first… Continue Reading

OFCCP Issues New Rule Prohibiting Discrimination On Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, More Guidance to Come

Posted in Labor & Employment
On December 9, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) within the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule implementing the President’s July 2014 Executive Order 13672, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The rule requires contractors and subcontractors to add “gender identity” and… Continue Reading