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Mark Ries

Mark Ries

Mark Ries is a senior counsel in the Government Contracts Group in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. Mark’s practice includes a wide variety of government procurement law, including bid protests, internal investigations, ethics and compliance, interpretation of FAR and agency supplement contract clauses and solicitation provisions, contract claims and disputes, and small business contracting.

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Fastest 5 Minutes, The Podcast Gov’t Contractors Can’t Do Without

Posted in Podcast
This week’s episode covers army modernization, whistleblower reprisal, sentencing in procurement fraud cases, and other updates, and is hosted by partner David Robbins and senior counsel Mark Ries. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts… Continue Reading

Acting Army Secretary Directs the End of “Use or Lose” Spending

Posted in Cost/Cost Accounting
On April 15, 2016, the Acting Secretary of the Army issued Army Directive 2016-16 (Changing Management Behavior: Every Dollar Counts) stating that the Army will “eliminate ‘use or lose’ funding practices,” i.e., “commanders and staffs will not automatically decrement commands or programs in future allotments when they do not spend all funds without further investigation… Continue Reading

DoD Issues Directive Mobilizing Agency Action on Climate Change

Posted in Legal Developments
On January 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued Directive 4715.21 to organize comprehensive agency-wide action to address and mitigate the risks of climate change on U.S. military assets and operations. The Directive implements for DoD the requirement established by Executive Order 13653 (Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change)… Continue Reading

Under Siege: Trade Associations Rap White House for Flood of EOs Targeting Contractors

Posted in Labor & Employment
In an August 3 letter to the White House, four trade associations (the AIA, PSC, NDIA, and ITIC) requested “on behalf of the thousands of companies … that no further presidential directives primarily focused on government contractors be issued for the foreseeable future.”  The letter (linked here) cited a dozen recent executive orders related to… Continue Reading