On July 28, 2014, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) issued the final request for proposals for a public-private partnership to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the “Purple Line” light rail transit project using an availability payment approach.
Last week the Defense Acquisition Regulations System issued new revisions to the Rules of the Armed Services Board of Contracts Appeals (the “Board” or “ASBCA”) previously published on May 2011. These Rules apply to all appeals filed on or after the July 21, 2014, and will apply to “those appeals filed before that date, unless that application is inequitable or unfair.”
As another school year approaches, student-athletes and coaches will soon be involved with pre-season practices to prepare for sports contests.
In case you missed it, this week I’ll be covering the basics of the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) small business development programs.
In a Washington Post op-ed this week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew appeals to Congress to eliminate the practice of inversion, whereby a U.S. company acquires a foreign company and then uses its foreign address to claim tax status outside the United States.
One of the major issues in the FAA’s ongoing UAS rulemaking is deciding what types of pilot training and certification will be required.
Supreme Court Grants Certiorari On False Claims Act Case Addressing Wartime Tolling and First-to-File Bar
On July 1, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Kellogg Brown & Root Services v. United States ex rel. Carter, a case from the Fourth Circuit raising two important questions under the False Claims Act (FCA) that together create the risk that FCA defendants may have to face continued qui tam lawsuits no matter how old the conduct in question.
On July 24, The White House Rural Council officially announced the formation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. This fund will allow private entities to invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects nationwide. With an initial $10 billion being allocated to the fund, investments will include hospitals, schools and other educational facilities, rural water and wastewater systems, energy projects, broadband expansion, local and regional food systems, and other rural infrastructure.
Justice Department Issues Proposed Rule That Would Require Movie Theaters to Provide Captioning and Audio Description Listening Devices
On Friday of last week—the day before the ADA’s twenty-fourth anniversary—the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a proposed rule that would require movie theaters with digital screens (and possibly those with only analog screens) to show movies with closed captioning and audio descriptions (if available), and to purchase equipment that would allow the transmission of such information to moviegoers with hearing or sight disabilities.
After more than a decade of trying to gain traction on Capitol Hill, brick-and-mortar retailers could be close to leveling the playing field with online merchants if the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (“MITFA”) Senate bill proceeds.