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This week’s episode covers government shutdown, trafficking in persons policy, and False Claims Act news, and is hosted by partner David Robbins. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without.

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Lost in the current political fight over the federal budget is the reality that a government shutdown may have consequences for civil litigation pending in the federal courts. If federal government attorneys are included in the approximately 800,000 staffers deemed non-essential, they will be banned from using email, accessing their Blackberrys, and doing any