Laura J. Mitchell Baker is an associate with Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
Laura represents government contractors in litigation and administrative matters, including bid protests, contract disputes with state and federal entities, suspension and debarment proceedings, mandatory disclosures to the government, prime-sub disputes, and False Claims Act investigations. Her practice also includes counseling on government contracts due diligence and regulatory and compliance matters, as well as conducting internal investigations.
By Peter J. Eyre and Laura Baker on Posted in Ethics & ComplianceThe General Services Administration’s (GSA) System for Award Management (SAM) announced its role in an ongoing Inspector General Investigation into alleged, third party fraudulent activity in SAM. GSA suspects that the alleged fraudulent activity impacted only a limited number of entities. GSA has since notified the affected entities, and deactivated their SAM registrations. GSA also… Continue Reading
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, 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 David B. Robbins, Jason M. Crawford and Laura Baker on Posted in Suspension & DebarmentThe suspension and debarment regulations at Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 9.4 are focused on the present responsibility of a contractor. Yet, the records of past, inactive exclusions are available for public view in perpetuity on the System for Award Management website (SAM.gov). In a recent article (linked here) published in BNA’s Federal Contracts Report,… Continue Reading
By Steve McBrady, David B. Robbins, Jason M. Crawford and Laura Baker on Posted in Labor & EmploymentStarting on October 25, many new solicitations will contain the new clauses required under the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule. These new clauses will impose significant new compliance and reporting obligations on federal contractors (and eventually on subcontractors). In a “feature comment” published in the Government Contractor, C&M attorneys provide an overview of… Continue Reading
By Steve McBrady, Kris D. Meade, David B. Robbins, Jason M. Crawford and Laura Baker on Posted in Labor & EmploymentMany federal government contractors and subcontractors have expressed valid concerns about the new “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” final rule (and accompanying Department of Labor guidance), which among other things will require companies bidding on covered contracts and subcontracts to disclose “administrative merits determinations,” “arbitral award or decisions,” and “civil judgments” rendered against the company… Continue Reading
By Steve McBrady, Kris D. Meade, David B. Robbins, Jason M. Crawford and Laura Baker on Posted in Labor & EmploymentOn August 25, 2016, the Obama Administration published the long-awaited Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) final rule and Department of Labor (DOL) final guidance implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” executive order (“Executive Order”) (available here and here). The underlying executive order has been amended (available here) with purportedly technical corrections to conform the final… Continue Reading
By Steve McBrady and Laura Baker on Posted in Legal DevelopmentsIn L-3 Commc’ns (Apr. 25, 2016), the ASBCA dismissed as moot the appeals of two final decisions that the contractor had argued were barred by the CDA statute of limitations when the cognizant ACOs rescinded the final decisions after the contractor had appealed. The board held that, although the COs had not yet agreed to… Continue Reading