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A Little Bit of Clarity for Hazardous Waste Site Closures

One of the good things about the Massachusetts program for cleaning up hazardous waste sites is the privatized nature of the process, and the fact that a party can get to “closure” without waiting for approval from the state.  However, one problem that occasionally is encountered, especially in explaining the finality of the process to […]

New procurement for $80 billion long-range bomber has Northrop competing against team of Boeing, Lockheed and California?

California is not in the business of competing for multi-billion contracts from the Department of Defense. But it is in the business of helping its citizens and taxpayers. So what happens when the Pentagon announces a program for what may be the largest contract in history? The competition attracts Northrop Grumman and a second team […]

New DFARS Tax Exemption Rule Sets U.S. Contractors On A Collision Course With Afghan Government

What happens when the irresistible force meets the immovable object?  Well, in the case of a recent diplomatic dispute between the U.S. and Afghan governments, the answer is that the contractor pays out of pocket. The issue of U.S. defense contractors paying taxes to a foreign government is, unsurprisingly, a thorny one, deeply entangled with […]

An Appropriations Act Amendment Whose Time Hasn’t Come…And Never Will

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 4870), which has already passed the House and is now before the Senate, includes a provision that would prohibit using any of the funds made available by that Act to enter into a contract with any person who was found to have violated the […]

BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse: Everything’s Negotiable

  On Monday, France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas S.A., agreed to plead guilty in state and federal court to charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice for violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and by the New York County District Attorney’s Office for related charges. As part of a settlement with multiple […]