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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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“Ancient History” in FCPA Enforcement Cases

Richard L. Cassin notes that FCPA enforcement cases routinely cite activities from years or even more than a decade ago, and he explores the various reasons why. These include the extensible statute of limitations for FCPA offenses, the fact that only the “last overt act” of a years-long conspiracy needs to fall within that period, […]
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Project On Government Oversight Reports Contractor Misconduct Rising

Many new federal contractors came into the market as a result of the pandemic, and contract spending was on the rise anyhow. The latest analysis by the Project On Government Oversight shows that contractor misconduct is also occurring more frequently, and with perhaps not enough oversight from buying agencies. POGO investigator Neil Gordon spoke to […]
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Medical Supply Billing Director Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Kickback Scheme

Amanda Dawn Rains, a former billing director for an unnamed Arkansas medical supply and billing company, has pleaded guilty to various criminal charges for a scheme to defraud the U.S. government and private insurance companies by over-billing for unnecessary medications provided to patients receiving workers’ compensation. The scheme recruited physicians to dispense pain creams and […]
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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...

Airbus Pays Over $1 Million in Settlement of Billing Fraud Allegations

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc. has agreed to pay a little over $1 million to resolve several allegations of billing impermissible fees in contracts with federal agencies. The government alleges that Airbus submitted proposals for contracts that included an unapproved cost rate to which it was not entitled, charged federal agencies an undisclosed additional […]
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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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Crane Settles Out-of-Spec Parts Allegations for $4.5 Million

Crane Company has agreed to pay over $4.5 million to resolve allegations that it failed to comply with specifications for parts it supplied for U.S. Navy ships. For several years, Crane supplied high performance butterfly valves to military ship builders that included Reinforced Teflon seats or Monel bolting. The government contends that these failed to […]
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