I am honored to be on a panel with the GSA Inspector General, the Air Force Suspending and Debarring Official, a DoJ Civil Fraud senior attorney and a highly respected in house counsel on the Mandatory Disclosure Rule process and what reforms if any are needed in the process. More info follows. Hope you can join.


April 10, 2014

Mandatory Disclosure – Time for Revision?

The Procurement Fraud Committee of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law will meet on Thursday April 10, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., at the offices of Mayer Brown LLP, located at 1999 K Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Since the Mandatory Disclosure Rule became effective in December 2008, there have been concerns expressed by both Contractors and Government about whether the rule is meeting its intended objective. Among other things, there are complaints by contractors about a lack of guidance that has resulted in a perception that every contract violation must be reported – regardless of materiality. On the Government side, there are complaints about the number of small or inconsequential disclosures and concerns that contractors are not reporting serious violations. The Committee would like to begin a dialogue about changes to the Mandatory Disclosure Rule. On April 10, 2014, we’ll start that process with a panel of speakers to discuss their respective views on how the Rule is – or is not – serving its purpose. Speakers include: Rod Grandon, Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility) Air Force; Brian Miller, GSA Inspector General; Michal Tingle, DOJ Civil Fraud Section; David Robbins, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker; Beth Newsom, Associate General Counsel (Litigation & Compliance), Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Lunch will be provided for a charge of $10.00. Please RSVP to Pamela Dixon at pdixon@mayerbrown.com if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you. (If you need to participate by dial in, please let Ms. Dixon know.)