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Elizabeth Buehler

Elizabeth Buehler

Elizabeth Buehler is a Government Contracts Group associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where she focuses on compliance counseling, False Claims Act defenses, internal investigations, and suspension and debarment proceedings before civilian agencies (including the Small Business Administration, Department of Education, and Environmental Protection Agency) and defense agencies (including the Air Force and Army). She also represents government contractors in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and assists contractors with the development of corporate ethics and compliance programs.

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Trump Administration Seeks to Reduce Regulatory Burdens

Posted in Legal Developments
Continuing his trend of fulfilling the promises set forth in his Contract with the American Voter, President Trump, on January 30, 2017, issued an Executive Order mandating the elimination of at least two existing regulations for every new regulation issued.  In particular, the order explains that “whenever an executive department or agency…publicly proposes for notice… Continue Reading

Trump’s Ethics Executive Order More Concerned with Post-Government Employment Activities

Posted in Ethics & Compliance
On Saturday, January 28, President Trump issued an Executive Order setting forth the ethics regulations governing current and future executive agency appointments, which is both more restrictive and less restrictive than the 2009 Obama Executive Order addressing the same issue.  Specifically, and with respect to the former, President Trump’s order bans all executive agency appointees… Continue Reading

ASBCA Dismisses Army’s $100 Million Cost Disallowance for Failure to State a Plausible Claim

Posted in Cost/Cost Accounting
In Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc. (ASBCA Dec. 20, 2016), a case involving a $100 million breach of contract claim stemming from purportedly unallowable direct subcontractor costs, the Board granted Lockheed Martin’s motion to dismiss the Army’s untenable claim “for failure to state a claim on which relief could be granted,” concluding that the government… Continue Reading

Living in Harmony: Notable Changes to Synchronize the 8(a) and Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs

Posted in Small Business
In this second part of our blog series about the July 25, 2016 SBA final rule implementing numerous changes to multiple SBA regulations and establishing a new small business Mentor-Protégé Program (SB MPP), we address how such implementation impacts the parallel 8(a) Business Development mentor-protégé program (8(a) MPP).  As the final rule points out, the… Continue Reading

SBA Opens the Floodgates: The Mentor-Protégé Program Expands to All Small Businesses

Posted in Small Business
On July 25, 2016, the SBA published its final rule establishing a government-wide mentor-protégé program for the benefit of all small businesses as protégés.  This widely-anticipated rule, implementing provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, provides increased opportunity for small and large businesses… Continue Reading