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DOJ Increases Efforts to Combat Cyber Breaches by Targeting Government Contractors

The US Department of Justice is increasing its arsenal to pursue cyber-related fraud by government contractors and grant recipients. The program, called the “Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative,” was announced by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on Wednesday. The initiative – along with other recent steps taken by the federal government – should prompt companies to be […]
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DOJ’s National Rapid Response Task Force Strikes Again: New Wave of Enforcement Actions Target...

In May the Department of Justice, through its Fraud Section and in conjunction with the Center for Program Integrity, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CPI/CMS), began prosecuting defendants who were alleged to have perpetrated a variety of COVID-19-related scams on federal healthcare programs. On September 17, the DOJ’s Health Care Fraud Unit, in coordination […]
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DOJ Hands Down Fines for FCA, Kickbacks, and Failure to Stop Kickbacks.

In July of 2021, the Department of Justice announced that it entered into a settlement agreement with two Texas companies, Alliance Parent, Inc. and Anchor Holdings LP d/b/a Anchor Capital Partners, for their violation of the False Claims Act after several qui tam actions were filed against the companies. The case is notable given that […]
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New Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative Uses False Claims Act to Enforce Cybersecurity Requirements

The Department of Justice has announced a new Civil Cyber-Fraud initiative which will use the False Claims Act to enforce government contract cybersecurity requirements....

False Claims Act Meets Cybersecurity: DOJ’s New Civil Cyber-Fraud Unit

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the launch of its new Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative — an effort designed to harness the department’s knowledge in civil fraud enforcement, government procurement and cybersecurity to combat emerging (and escalating) cyber threats. The initiative comes on the heels of the DOJ’s comprehensive, 120-day review into its […]
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Construction Contractor Compliance Update: Government Audits, Vax Mandates, and More

The last few weeks have seen a flood of executive office mandates — and EEO mandates in particular — affecting employees, federal contractors, and subcontractors. In a recent webinar, Carlton Fields attorneys Joe McManus and Rae Vann discussed federal developments in labor and employment law and concerns for construction contractors, including the 2021 Corporate Scheduling […]
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Just in Time for Halloween: DOJ Launches Cyber Enforcement Initiative Using False Claims...

On October 7, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its new Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, focused on civil enforcement against government contractors that fail to...

Gleanings From DOJ’s 2021 Healthcare Takedown Announcement

On Sept. 17, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the results of its 2021 Healthcare Takedown. The Healthcare Takedown is the industry nickname for DOJ’s annual announcement of multiple indictments across the country involving billions of dollars of fraud in the healthcare and life sciences industries. This year, DOJ announced criminal charges against […]
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SEC Whistleblower Reform Law Would Strengthen Protections for SEC Whistleblowers

The Whistleblower Protection Reform Act – newly reintroduced by Al Green (D-TX) – would strengthen protections for SEC whistleblowers and enhance its whistleblower program. The bill was overwhelmingly passed by the House (410–12) in 2019, but died in Senate committee. One of the key provisions of the WPRA would be to establish that internal disclosures […]
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ESG and Business Risks – Leveraging Compliance Resources

As we all know, ESG is the hot-button issue surrounding corporate management. At corporate meetings, just mention the term and attendees will perk up with interest. Mention ESG in the board room and everyone sits up straight and looks with inquiring eyes. It borders on almost comical. CCOs however have embraced ESG as an important […]
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