Federal Contracts. Legal news and articles for March 31 - 31, 2012

State, federal officials plan for major CRP lossTribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal yetUS Airways flight attendants reject contract dealTwo men charged in botched ATF gun deal, shootingComelec signs contract with Smartmatic to buy PCOS machinesIT managers take aim at rising software costsBLM Seeks Horse-baiting ContractsNStar OKs top dollar deal with Cape WindPort firm alleges rival stole its databaseRetroactive state law lets GOP chairman's brother off hook for $2.4 millionContracts, mystery transactions and sponsorshipsRetroactive state law lets GOP chairman's brother off hook for $2.4 millionThe times they are a-changin'Inside the critical bid/no bid decisionJudge hears arguments about GI's electrocution

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Fannie Mae Challenges Bank of America on Rift
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

Rather the mortgage-finance company said in interviews and filings Wednesday that it alone opted against renewing its contract with Bank of America because the bank was resisting demands to buy back defaulted mortgages. "We felt like we had to take ...more »

Union Ire Grows As AMR Pushes For New Contracts
Aviation WeekMarch 1, 2012

“The Railway Labor Act provides specialized procedures for peaceful resolution of labor contracts in the airline industry, and the conflict between the bankruptcy code and the Railway Labor Act's requirements has not been thoroughly adjudicated,” says ...more »

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State, federal officials plan for major CRP loss
Austin HeraldMarch 31, 2012

Though his next contracts don't expire until 2016, about 150 contracts in Mower County totaling 900 acres will expire this September, according to Michelle Janssen, program technician at Mower County Farm Service Agency. And more are expiring in the ...more »

Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal yet
Wall Street JournalMarch 31, 2012

The satellite television provider also wondered whether Tribune was having difficulty negotiating because of its bankruptcy process. "Threatening station blackouts to extract an exorbitant fee for all of Tribune's content may provide an improved return ...more »

US Airways flight attendants reject contract deal
College TimesMarch 31, 2012

By Ely Portillo, McClatchy Newspapers CHARLOTTE, NC — The Association of Flight Attendants has voted to reject a tentative deal with US Airways that would have created the employees' first unified contract since the 2005 merger with America West.more »

Two men charged in botched ATF gun deal, shooting
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 31, 2012

(03-31) 09:40 PDT RICHMOND -- Two suspects have been charged in federal court with assault in connection with botched gun deal that prompted agents to shoot and wound a third suspect in Richmond, court records show. Khusar Mobley, 18, was charged in US...more »

Comelec signs contract with Smartmatic to buy PCOS machines
Philippine StarMarch 31, 2012

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday signed a contract with Smartmatic International Corp. and its Filipino partner, Total Information Management Corp., to purchase and reuse the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the 2013 polls ...more »

IT managers take aim at rising software costs
Federal TimesMarch 31, 2012

By NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON | Last Updated:March 31, 2012 Federal information technology executives are slashing millions of dollars in software spending by consolidating contracts and sharing services. But federal executives are targeting even deeper ...more »

BLM Seeks Horse-baiting Contracts
Twin Falls Times-NewsMarch 31, 2012

TWIN FALLS • When it comes to rounding up horses, a federal agency is promoting a slow and steady approach. The US Bureau of Land Management is currently accepting bids for bait trapping contracts for managing its wild horses and burros.more »

NStar OKs top dollar deal with Cape Wind
Boston.comMarch 31, 2012

The price, 18.7 cents per kilowatt hour, is the same as what National Grid agreed to pay when it signed a contract in 2010 to purchase half the power generated by Cape Wind. NStar's deal is to purchase 27.5 percent of the wind farm's total output.more »

Port firm alleges rival stole its database
The Daily News of NewburyportMarch 31, 2012

NEWBURYPORT — The FBI has swooped into a New Hampshire company that a Newburyport company is suing, alleging that it had stolen customers from its electronic database. Foster's Daily Democrat reported yesterday that the FBI was at General Linen in ...more »

Retroactive state law lets GOP chairman's brother off hook for $2.4 million
Detroit Free PressMarch 31, 2012

The law Snyder signed Thursday, which says a lender can recover only the real estate offered as collateral when a certain type of commercial loan goes into default, is unusual because it is retroactive, to the benefit of Schostak's brother.more »

Contracts, mystery transactions and sponsorships
Montreal GazetteMarch 31, 2012

Of the millions of taxpayer dollars that the federal and provincial governments and the city of Montreal poured into the scandal-plagued, moneylosing FINA World Aquatics Championships held in 2005, significant sums were paid to a handful of firms, ...more »

Retroactive state law lets GOP chairman's brother off hook for $2.4 million
Detroit Free PressMarch 31, 2012

By Paul Egan LANSING -- Wells Fargo bank will file a court challenge to a new state law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder that overturned a $2.4-million judgment against the brother and business partner of Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak, ...more »

The times they are a-changin'
Ottawa CitizenMarch 31, 2012

During the same period, the number of federal public servants expanded by nearly one-third - almost doubling in Ottawa - and the cost per employee rocketed to $106500 from $60500. After years of surpluses, the federal government suddenly found itself ...more »

Inside the critical bid/no bid decision
Washington TechnologyMarch 31, 2012

By David Hubler Ask business development professionals what's the key to determining whether or not to bid on a federal contract, and the one word answer you'll hear most often is “knowledge.” As Bob Lohfeld, CEO of the Lohfeld Consulting Group and a ...more »

Judge hears arguments about GI's electrocution
Pittsburgh Post GazetteMarch 31, 2012

By Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Army knew soldiers were being electrocuted in Iraqi-built showers but did nothing, lawyers for a top defense contractor said in a US District Court hearing Friday. The contractor, Kellogg Brown & Root Services ...more »

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