Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week.

1. ISDC REPORTS 14 PERCENT RISE IN DEBARMENT ACTIONS

On March 31, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (“ISDC”) released its report to Congress detailing an increase in the use of suspensions and debarment actions by federal agencies for fiscal year 2014. 

2. BLACKWATER GUARDS SENTENCED FOR IRAQ SHOOTING

Last Monday, a Washington, D.C., federal judge sentenced four Blackwater Worldwide guards to sentences ranging from 30 years to life in prison for the killing of 14 unarmed civilians in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007.

3. SENATE PASSES PERMANENT “DOC FIX” BILL

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed a “doc fix” bill to permanently replace Medicare’s unpopular physician reimbursement system.

4. UPDATE ON GSA PRICE REDUCTION CLAUSE PROPOSED RULE – PUBLIC MEETING

Last Friday, GSA held a public meeting where both the government and industry expressed their opinions on the proposed changes to the PRC.