Lessons from the Most Recent OCR HIPAA Settlement

On June 2, 2021, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced another settlement of an enforcement action in its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Right of Access Initiative. This is the...

DOJ Releases Its 2022 Budget Request

On May 28, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release addressing President Joe Biden’s submitted budget request for Fiscal Year 2022.  The request included $35.3 billion in funding for the Department of Justice.  The budget reflects some of the changes in...

Window for PPP Loan Applications Closes

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) closed the window for applications for its popular Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) on Monday, May 31, 2021, after approving nearly $800 billion in loans since the commencement of the program in April, 2020. Just over $10...

Task Force Dedicated to COVID-19 Fraud Created

On May 17, 2021, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland released a memo announcing the establishment of a COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force (“COVID-19 Task Force”).  Continuing the government’s collaboration with interagency partners, the COVID-19 Task Force invited...

House Passes Dedicated Insider Trading Bill

On May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.2655, the Insider Trading Prohibition Act.  If passed by the Senate, the legislation would be the first dedicated legislation to combat insider trading.  For decades, the Department of Justice and Securities and...

SEC Awards Whistleblower $18 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that it had awarded $22 million to two whistleblowers, with one of those individuals receiving an $18 million award. The two individuals provided the SEC with information concerning the same...