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GAO: VA Should Address Contracting Officers’ Training Needs in Veterans First Program Implementation

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide contracting officers with more training in implementing a program that aims to support veteran-owned small businesses through contract opportunities. GAO said in a report published Wednesday that it interviewed 30 contracting officers and found that 12 of them encountered difficulty in making "fair and reasonable price" assessments of contract awards under the Veterans First program.

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House Bill Seeks to Increase Contract Participation of Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Reps. Neal Dunn (R-Florida) and Jimmy Paneta (D-California) have introduced a bill seeks to increase the number of service-disabled veteran-owned and veteran-owned small businesses represented on the General Services Administration‘s contracts. The Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with GSA to provide SDVOSBs …

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Former Sullivan & Cromwell Partner Jay Clayton Assumes SEC Chairman Post

Jay Clayton, former partner at Sullivan and Cromwell, took his official oath as the 32nd chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission at a swearing-in ceremony held Thursday in Washington. SEC said Thursday Clayton has advised multiple public and private companies on corporate governance, merger-and-acquisition, securities, regulatory and enforcement proceeding matters during his more than …

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Supreme Court Approves DOJ Search Warrant Rule Amendment to Support Botnet Investigations

The Supreme Court has approved the Justice Department‘s proposed amendment that will help investigators streamline search warrant applications and dismantle botnet operations. Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general at DOJ’s criminal division, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday the amendment to the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure on search warrants will take effect on Dec. 1, …

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WilmerHale Partner Shirley Woodward Nominated CIA IG

President Barack Obama has nominated Shirley Woodward, a partner in law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP‘s litigation and controversy department for six years, to the inspector general post at the CIA inspector general. Woodward started work in WilmerHale as an associate in 2001 and became a counsel at the firm …

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Marilyn Tavenner to Depart CMS in February

Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will leave the agency in February and be succeeded in the interim by Principal Deputy Administrator Andrew Slavitt, the Huffington Post and other media outlets reported Friday. The Huffington Post, which first published the news of the impending transition, says Slavitt …

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WH Ready for New Healthcare Law Hearing

The White House is prepared for a new case in the U.S. Supreme Court against the 2010 healthcare law, Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said in Wednesday filing the government will not oppose any legal proceeding brought forth by Liberty University against the law’s individual mandate, …

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House Votes to End Medicare Cost Panel

Lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that would abolish a panel set up to control Medicare costs, according Reuters. The House voted 223-181 to end the Independent Payment Advisory Board, established under the 2010 healthcare reform law. Seven Democrats joined the Republican majority in voting down the panel. Most Democrats voted to …

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