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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.

Register now.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Please join us on April 24 from 5-7:30pm at Crowell & Moring LLP for a panel discussion and cocktail reception hosted by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law Procurement Fraud and Young Lawyers Committees. The panel will discuss how recent False Claims Act developments have created new challenges (and opportunities) for in-house counsel, the Department of Justice, relator’s counsel, and the defense bar.

Panelists include:

  • Inayat Hemani, Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
  • Brian Tully McLaughlin, Crowell & Moring
  • Erin Shoudt, PAE
  • Benjamin C. Wei, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Jason M. Crawford, Crowell & Moring

To join us, please register here:  https://lnkd.in/dDxZCeV

Crowell & Moring has issued its Litigation Forecast 2018: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year.”

The government contracts section of the Forecast, “Contractors: Getting Their Due,” focuses on how more companies are disputing federal payments in court as a result of the increased competition for government contracts. The article notes that corporate legal departments are viewing recovery claims as a method for recouping funds owed to them and ultimately moving from a cost-and-compliance center to potentially becoming a revenue center.

The Forecast explores the important litigation trends and challenges that businesses may face in 2018, and it features an in-depth look at how data-driven innovation is driving new opportunities and risks for clients across industries.

Be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter with #LitigationForecast.

Crowell & Moring is hosting Government Contracts 101 in our Washington, D.C., office on Thursday, October 26, 2017.  This all-day event will last from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., and provide an overview of the full scope of issues that government contractors face on a daily basis.  We will cover FAR, key statutes and regulations, the bid and proposal process, protests, disputes, cyber requirements, changes, claims, key compliance issues, suspension/debarment, and costs.  The course is designed for those attorneys and business personnel that may be new to government contracting and for those that may need a “refresher.” 

Training is foundational to our business, and it is a part of our Firm’s DNA.  Our founding partners regularly provided government contracts training not just for business development purposes, but also out of a sense of duty to the profession. 

Government contracting is hard.  The rules and regulations can be counter-intuitive.  And perfectly acceptable commercial business practices can be criminal violations in the government contracts setting.  Industry members deserve every opportunity to learn the rules of the road so they can thrive. 

Furthermore, in the current fiscal environment budget pressures can hit government contractors hard.  Training funds can be hard to find.  As a Chambers Band-One rated government contracts practice with more than 60 lawyers working day-in and day-out in the trenches of our industry, we feel an obligation to our profession to provide this foundational training, free of charge, to our clients and to any interested industry member who desires this knowledge.  Join us.  Come, learn, network with your peers, and enjoy a day with us. 

We hope you can join us.

Registration is available here for industry-members interested in attending.

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Many of the panels last week at Crowell & Moring’s Ounce of Prevention Seminar garnered special attention in this presidential transition year, and the cybersecurity session was no exception. The panel featured Paul Rosen, who joined Crowell & Moring as a partner on April 27. Paul most recently served as chief of staff to former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and offered unique insights on the cybersecurity landscape.

Paul discussed the impact of cybersecurity incidents in both the public and private sectors. “The OPM data breach really set the stage for both government and corporate cyber preparation and responses,” he said at the May 4 panel.

The government experience on the panel also included moderator Peter Miller, who served as the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Privacy Officer, and Privacy & Cybersecurity Group co-chair Evan Wolff, who advised senior leadership at DHS and other federal agencies. Kate Growley, a counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group, also participated in the session, which covered incident preparation and responses, DFARS/FAR/NIST, insider threats, investigations, governance, and vendor management.

Other takeaways from the panel included:

  • Companies are not judged for having a data breaches, but are judged on how they react. –Evan Wolff
  • Contractors should take advantage of DoD’s upcoming Industry Information Day to solicit and hear feedback regarding the latest cyber contracting clauses. –Kate Growley
  • Cyber criminals are using the internet of things, that is, interconnected devices, to conduct increasingly sophisticated and far-reaching attacks. –Paul Rosen

To relive the action, check out the #cm2017oops hashtag on Twitter.

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Our 33rd annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar has come to a close and was a great success. Thank you to all of our attendees and panelists who participated in the event, which covered a range of topics from investigations and cybersecurity to labor and employment. This year’s agenda particularly focused on how contractors are navigating the uncertainty and regulations of a new presidential administration.

Stay tuned for additional recap updates. You can browse the live tweets from the event by checking out the #cm2017oops hashtag on Twitter.  

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