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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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GovCon Blog: Items Only Need to be Included on GSA Contract at Order Issuance Date

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November 9, 2015

A recent decision by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made it clear that ordered items only need to be included on an awardee's Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract at the time the order is issued, and not at an earlier date. On October 2, 2015 GAO denied a protest by AmeriGuard Security Services, Inc. over the issuance of a task order by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Paragon Systems, Inc. for guard services at multiple HHS facilities. AmeriGuard's protest asserted that Paragon's quotation was unacceptable because not all of the services quoted were on Paragon's FSS contract at the time of bid submission.

HHS initially decided to award the order to Paragon based on a "best-value" evaluation, which took into account factors such as technical capability, technical approach, management approach, past performance, and price. The closing date for initial quotations was March 19, 2015, and then HHS requested revised quotations to be submitted by April 15. The agency issued the task order to Paragon on April 30, and AmeriGuard filed a timely protest alleging that not all of the services quoted were on Paragon’s FSS schedule contract by the time required.  The agency advised GAO that it was taking corrective action, noting that it would verify Paragon's eligibility for award using documentation obtained directly from GSA to confirm that Paragon had prices for all job classifications and locations by the required time. The agency proceeded to reaffirm the award to Paragon. AmeriGuard protested the reaffirmed award.

In its second protest, AmeriGuard asserted that a vendor must have prices for all job classifications and locations on its FSS contract by the closing date of the RFQ (here, by March 19). Therefore, according to AmeriGuard, Paragon's requests to modify its FSS schedule contract on March 19 and April 21 (after both bids were submitted) should be ignored since both came after the March 19 closing date for initial quotations. HHS, on the other hand, maintained that the order was proper because Paragon’s schedule contract had been modified to include the additional items by April 30, the date of the order. GAO agreed with HHS, denying the protest and making it clear that all items ordered need only be on the vendor’s FSS contract at the time the order is issued, and not before.

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