The intrusive nature of the oversight mechanisms that are available to the Government under the Recovery Act is unprecedented in federal contracting. It is a subject that has been dealt with previously in this blog (click here, here, here and here). For a useful PowerPoint summary of these mechanisms, click here. This link was used as the basis for a presentation at the recent 16th Annual Procurement Institute in which the acceptance of ARRA dollars was said to evoke memories of a 1959 movie starring James Cagney and Don Murray entitled "Shake Hands With the Devil." We leave it to you to decide if the title is apt.  

This article first appeared in the Government contracts Law Blog.