As the largest federal civilian contractor, the Department of Energy spends billions of dollars a year in contracts with private contractors. All of these contractors and subcontractors doing work for the Department of Energy – from Fortune 500 companies to small and disadvantaged businesses – are subject to the False Claims Act. False Claims Act cases against DOE contractors can cover a variety of subject matter, including improper labor recording, violations of environmental laws, violations of conflict of interest requirements, bid-rigging and misrepresentation regarding small and disadvantaged business status.
In addition to having handled False Claims Act issues arising from Department of Energy sites across the country, Vorys has particular experience in dealing with the novel issues unique to the DOE contracting world that tend to occur in False Claims Act litigation. For example, Vorys has substantial experience dealing with the following issues:
- Navigating the complex security requirements, including obtaining security clearances for attorneys, associated with the review and production of potentially classified or national security information;
- Complying with DOE’s Touhy regulations to obtain access to department documents and employees in non-intervened qui tam cases;
- Working with experienced financial experts familiar with the unique nature of DOE contracts and financial accounting requirements.
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