Government Accountability Office

  • The Results Are In: Patent Quality Can Improve

    … The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released two reports on the Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) recently, including one on patent quality and clarity. As to such report, the GAO recommends that the PTO: Develop a consistent definition of patent quality, and clearly articulate this definition in agency documents and other guidance…

    Stacy Stitham/ Brann & Isaacson- 10 readers -
  • Raytheon Faces Billion Dollar Whistleblower Lawsuit

    … whistleblowers must be the original source of the information in their complaints and can’t claim an award for things that are common knowledge or have already been exposed. A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles agreed with Raytheon and dismissed Mateski’s lawsuit on public disclosure grounds. The stakes were simply too high, however, so the dismissal…

    Due Diligence- 27 readers -
  • IRS Whistleblower Program – Success or Flop?

    … handed out $435 million in awards under the False Claims Act, a different whistleblower award program.) The bad news is the program appears badly managed according to the Government Accountability Office report. Inadequate tracking, poor communication and excessive delays in getting awards out. The problems are magnified because of IRS…

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  • Trinity Industries Continues to Maintain its ET-Plus Guardrails Are Safe

    … farther. In the wake of concerns about the federal government’s testing of Trinity ET-Plus guardrails, the Virginia Department of Transportation, VDOT, has conducted its own tests. VDOT tested the Trinity guardrails in September amidst contentious communications with Trinity officials, who eventually walked out before the tests began. (NYTimes.com, 9-02…

    Greg Webb/ MichieHamlett- 21 readers -
  • Power Morcellators: Another Cancer Victim Sues Over Use In Her Surgery

    … hysterectomy, the congressional contingent wrote in Friday’s letter. “This device can take a Stage 1 treatable cancer immediately to a Stage 4 terminal cancer. For too many women, this routine procedure ended with a death sentence.” (www.northjersey.com, 8-10-15) The lawmakers also want the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to “determine whether…

    Greg Webb/ MichieHamlett- 13 readers -
  • Don’t Miss the Next FBAR Deadline

    … individuals may be unknowingly at fault; for example, immigrants to the US who still possess assets in their country of origin. In the past, it was hard for the US to track overseas accounts, primarily due to bank secrecy practices. But thanks to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) the US has made deals requiring over 100 countries…

    Due Diligence- 11 readers -