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Join us as we provide an overview of the fundamentals of contracting with the federal government. Topics to discuss include the FAR, key statutes and regulations, bid and proposal process, bid protests, disputes, cybersecurity, changes, claims, key compliance issues, suspension/debarment, and costs.

This full-day course is designed for those attorneys and business personnel that may be new to government contracting and for those that may need a “refresher.”

We will provide a CLE certificate of attendance and other materials to use in seeking continuing education credits.

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Crowell & Moring is pleased to announce the launch of our Government Contracts Breakfast Series. All of the sessions will be held in Northern Virginia and focus on issues most important to government contractors. Our second session is described below.

Government contractors face a host of risks in working with the federal government. Among them, the False Claims Act looms large. From treble damages and statutory penalties to suspension and debarment risks and more, contractors confronted with potential FCA liability often find themselves in extremely precarious situations. What’s more, the Mandatory Disclosure rule requires contractors to disclose violations of the FCA as well as significant overpayments, which themselves can trigger FCA liability. This session will explore the interplay between mandatory disclosures and FCA liability, best practices and strategies for internal and government-initiated FCA investigations, as well as recent FCA trends and developments that contractors need to be aware of.

We will provide a CLE certificate of attendance and other materials to use in seeking continuing education credits.

Registration begins at 8:00am. 

For questions about this breakfast, please contact Denise Giardina.
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Crowell & Moring is pleased to announce the launch of our Government Contracts Breakfast Series. All of the sessions will be held in Northern Virginia and focus on issues most important to government contractors. Our third session is described below.

Thanks, in part, to the actions of Congress, federal agencies have ramped up their use of other transaction authority in recent years.  Please join us for a discussion covering when other transaction authority is and is not properly used, why agencies and companies choose to use other transaction authority in lieu of FAR-based contracting, and how agencies are working with consortia to administer these vehicles.

We will provide a CLE certificate of attendance and other materials to use in seeking continuing education credits.

Registration begins at 8:00am. 

For questions about this breakfast, please contact Denise Giardina.

Register for this event.

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Last week, the Government Contracts Group wrapped up its 34th annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, “Diving Into Uncharted Waters,” last week. The speaker panels featured Crowell & Moring lawyers from various practice groups, government officials—including GSA Administrator Emily Murphy—and in-house counsel, and focused on a variety of timely issues including False Claims Act enforcement, ethics and compliance, bid protests, cybersecurity and privacy, and international issues affecting government contractors. The panel sessions were live-tweeted from the @GovConCrowell Twitter handle, and check out the #cm2018oops hashtag for more recaps.

We’ll see you again next year for OOPS 2019!

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Achieving and maintaining compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) continues to pose day to day challenges for a wide range of government contractors, made all the more challenging by recent amendments to the TSCA regime.  By governing the import, manufacture, and processing of chemical substances—together with the subsequent export, distribution, use, and disposal of those chemicals—TSCA touches your business in ways few grasp, yet carries significant risk of costly business disruptions and enforcement actions.

Join our colleagues in Environment & Natural Resources for an intensive seminar designed for attorneys, regulatory, customs, purchasing, product safety, research and technical professionals engaged in TSCA compliance.  The seminar will cover a wide range of topics:

  • How the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) has changed TSCA
  • Complying with TSCA’s import and export requirements and its many reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Preparing premanufacture notices (PMNs) for new chemical substances not on the TSCA Inventory and using the many available PMN exemptions
  • Reporting to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by October 5, 2018 your company’s past processing of chemical substances during the “look-back period” from June 21, 2006, to June 21, 2016
  • Understanding EPA’s new TSCA mandate to prioritize and evaluate the risks of existing chemicals on the TSCA Inventory
  • Complying with new TSCA reporting and recordkeeping requirements associated with importing, manufacturing or processing certain nanoscale substances in the USA
  • Managing TSCA compliance within your company

Please note that there is a fee associated with this program.  For more information, please click here.

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With even DoD officials acknowledging cyber threats ranging from exfiltrating our top military secrets (“the terabyte of death” per DISA’s Director) to seizing control of SECDEF’s car to sinking Navy vessels with critical infrastructure attacks, both federal agencies and government contractors are in the pressure cooker.  For contractors, bad cybersecurity not only opens the door to cyber espionage and privacy breaches followed by costly clean-up and lost trade secrets, but now – with the latest DoD guidance – may put critical contract awards at risk.  Join us this Thursday, May 17, at 1:00 PM Eastern, as Crowell & Moring attorneys Paul Rosen, Evan Wolff, David Bodenheimer, and Michael Gruden lead a discussion highlighting recent developments impacting the volatile privacy and cybersecurity sector.  Specific topics include:

  • Navigating Government Contracts Information Security and Privacy Risks:  Updates to NIST Cybersecurity Standards, Pending FAR Cyber Clauses, and DFARS Safeguarding Clause New Developments
  • Trekking the  Internet of Things (IoT) Cyber Frontier
  • Managing Effective Cyber Incident Response: Preparing Incident Response Plans, Practicing Tabletop Exercises, and Executing Effective Cybersecurity Defense

For more information and to register for OOPS, please click here.

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With over 1,700 government contracts M&A deals since 2015, M&A continues to be a significant factor in shaping the federal contracting market.  Join us on Thursday, May 18,2018, at 9:15 AM Eastern, as Crowell & Moring attorneys James Stuart, Karen Hermann, and Judy Choi along with special guest Tim Garnett, a Manager Director of Avascent, discuss key market trends as well as the latest developments and considerations in the government contracts transactions.  Specific topics include:

  • Market Trends
  • How to avoid and solve novation nightmares
  • Advent of transactional risk insurance
  • Due Diligence “hot spots”

For more information and to register for OOPS, please click here.

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Are we experiencing a shift towards a higher bar for pursuing False Claims Act Cases?  Department of Justice guidelines may signal a new direction from the last two decades of DOJ FCA enforcement history through policies that reign in relators and articulate some boundaries for cases pursued by DOJ.  Meanwhile, Escobar progeny continues to develop  and refine the materiality requirement under the FCA.  Join us on May 17, 2018, at 8:30 AM Eastern, as Crowell & Moring attorneys Brian Tully McLaughlin, Mana Lombardo, Jason Crawford, and Nkechi Kanu lead a discussion highlighting recent developments impacting FCA investigation, enforcement, and litigation under the False Claims Act.  Specific topics include:

  • DOJ Enforcement Trends and Developments: What They Mean for Investigation and Litigation Strategy
  • The Continuing Emphasis on Materiality in the Wake of Escobar
  • Case developments and impacts

For more information and to register for OOPS, please click here.

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Crowell & Moring’s 34th annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS) is just around the corner, taking place on May 17 and 18 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington. At this year’s seminar, “Navigating Uncharted Waters,” the Government Contracts Group will provide updates and insight in a variety of areas, including ethics and compliance, bid protests, False Claims Act enforcement, international issues affecting government contractors, and more.

Check back here for updates from our panelists, who will preview sessions on M&A diligence, cybersecurity, and False Claims Act enforcement.

For more information and to register for OOPS, please click here.

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Join us for a webinar titled “Government Contracts Recovery: ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ About Requests for Equitable Adjustments and CDA Claims.”  During the 60-minute webinar, a team of claims professionals from C&M’s Government Contractor Recovery Practice will address some FAQs that arise in the context of contractor claims / REAs, and solicit audience questions, as we delve into some of the procedural, substantive, legal, and business considerations that factor into whether to assert a claim or an REA.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, June 14th, 2017 at 1 PM Eastern.  To register for this event, please click here.