House Committee Turns Up Heat On FAA in Drone Hearing

By | Global Policy Watch | December 10, 2014

Members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure pushed the FAA on Wednesday, December 10, to accelerate integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into U.S. airspace, expressing concern that regulators in other countries are ahead of the FAA in permitting safe UAS use, setting back economic development in the United States.

New Justice Department Guidance Provides Useful Roadmap for Public and Private Schools On Their Effective Communication Obligations

New Justice Department Guidance Provides Useful Roadmap for Public and Private Schools On Their Effective Communication Obligations

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued a joint guidance Under Title II of ADA (the “Guidance”) explaining the obligation of public schools to provide “auxiliary aids and services” to ensure effective communication with students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities. 

Public Databases Increase Qui Tam Risk for Healthcare Providers

By | Subject to Inquiry | December 9, 2014
Public Databases Increase Qui Tam Risk for Healthcare Providers

In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released two new sources of data that are intended to increase transparency related to federal payments to physicians. They also, however, present a risk of being used by whistleblowers and attorneys to support qui tam lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), the Anti-Kickback Act or the Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly called the Stark Law.