SEC Penalizes Company For Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Violations

Companies that engage with government contracts overseas should be well aware of the harsh penalties associated with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations (FCPA).  Getting your internal staffed trained and executives aware of the steep fines and disruption of the business reputation can save you from unnecessary litigation, civil and criminal… Read more »

Buy American Act Countries List — Fair Trade TAA Compliance Rules?

When applying the rule for establishing Buy American Act and TAA compliant countries of origin, contractors doing business with the federal government should understand the basics of Buy American Act compliance. Many companies make dangerous mistakes and find themselves facing costly penalties and fines(including losing lucrative federal contracts in a bid protest.) Federal… Read more »

ITAR Violations, ITAR Violation Penalties & ITAR Fines

Companies that become subject to ITAR certification compliance violations and export administration regulations can face stiff penalties. Under the ECCN and Arms Export Control Act  (22 USC 2778 and 2779), you can become subject to criminal penalties  and ITAR fines if you willfully violate any provision of §38 or §39… Read more »

Government Procurement Fraud Investigations

Agencies continue to increase oversight with procurement fraud investigation crimes against contracting agencies. A federal government contractor in Alexandria, Virginia  was sentenced to 16 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and major government fraud.  There is a substantial increase in… Read more »

Federal Debarment Policy

The Federal Debarment Policy for government contractors  require that businesses or subcontractors that are suspended or debarred will not be allowed  will not use funds from federal grants, fellowship, cooperative agreements, scholarships, bid on federal contracts or even apply for loans to purchase goods and services. In short, federal debarment policy… Read more »

Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business SDVOSB Fraud

In service disabled veteran-owned fraud cases, and as a result of Public Law 109-461, the VA is authorized to award SDVOSB sole source contracts and/or set aside contracts for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB). From 01/01/2008 to 09/30/2014, the VA OIG Office of Investigations indicted 44 individuals/companies; arrested 40 individuals;… Read more »

Federal Anti-KickBack Statute Liability

Under the Federal Anti-Kickback Act, criminal action can occur if there is a specific intent to induce referrals or orders for services. In government contracting and other federal activities, Anti-KickBack Statute Liability can be up to five years in prison, with the potential for additional criminal fines up to $25,000,… Read more »