Charles Baek is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where he practices in the Government Contracts Group. He also is a member of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group.
Charles represents government contractors in both litigation and counseling matters. His practice focuses on False Claims Act (FCA) investigations, contract claims/disputes under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), federal regulatory and ethics compliance and due diligence, and bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO). His practice also includes state contracting due diligence and litigation before the Court of Federal Claims.
By Steve McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Laura Baker and Charles Baek on Posted in Claims,WebinarOn June 14, we presented a webinar titled “Frequently Asked Questions About Requests for Equitable Adjustment and Contract Disputes Act Claims.” The webinar featured some of the most common questions we encounter in the field regarding CDA claims and REAs, as well as a discussion of procedural, substantive, and business considerations that go into the decision… Continue Reading
By Steve McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Charles Baek and Laura Baker on Posted in Claims,EventsJoin 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… Continue Reading
By Steve McBrady, Skye Mathieson and Charles Baek on Posted in Legal DevelopmentsThe Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals published its FY16 Report of Transactions and Proceedings, which provides statistics regarding the adjudication of appeals between contractors and the Army, Navy, Air Force, Corps of Engineers, DLA, DCMA, CIA, NASA, other Defense agencies, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. This year’s report once again reflects the… Continue Reading
By Steve McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Charles Baek and Laura Baker on Posted in ClaimsABS Development Corp. (ASBCA Nov. 17, 2016) highlights the importance of providing a fully-compliant certification for CDA claims over $100,000—which includes, according to the Board, the requirement for contractors to provide an identifiable and verifiable handwritten signature or digital e-signature. As the contractor in ABS discovered, the Board considers “typewritten” signatures, regardless of font, to… Continue Reading
By Steve McBrady, Skye Mathieson and Charles Baek on Posted in Claims,Cost/Cost AccountingIn AeroVironment, Inc. (Mar. 30, 2016), following an apparent settlement of the government’s cost disallowance claim, the ASBCA denied the government’s request to amend its answer (in order to “clarify” entitlement to additional quantum) because the proposed amendments constituted new “claims” that required new final decisions. Acknowledging that parties may ordinarily revise quantum without running… Continue Reading
By Jason M. Crawford and Charles Baek on Posted in Ethics & ComplianceOn March 22, the comment period is set to close on a new rule proposed by the FAR Council titled, “Federal Acquisition Regulation: Contractor Employee Internal Confidentiality Agreements.” This rule will prohibit federal dollars from going to companies that require employees or subcontractors to sign restrictive confidentiality agreements that could limit the ability of employees… Continue Reading
By Jason M. Crawford and Charles Baek on Posted in Legal DevelopmentsOn January 22, 2016, the FAR Council proposed adding a new rule (link here) prohibiting federal dollars from going to companies that require employees to sign confidentiality agreements that could limit the ability of employees to report suspected fraud and abuse to the government. The proposed rule comes at a time of increased attention on… Continue Reading