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M. Yuan Zhou

M. Yuan Zhou

M. Yuan Zhou is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts and Commercial Litigation groups. In her government contracts practice, Yuan represents clients in bid protests and in suspension and debarment proceedings before various government agencies. Her practice also includes counseling on regulatory and compliance matters, internal investigations, and government contracts due diligence. Yuan’s litigation practice spans various industries, including health care, hospitality, food and beverage, and international claims arising under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. She represents domestic and multinational companies in complex litigation, as well as in arbitrations involving contractual disputes. Prior to law school, Yuan was a special assistant at the White House and a White House intern for the Obama Administration. She received her J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a Dean’s Fellow, notes editor of the Public Contract Law Journal, and a member of the Moot Court Board.

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Tough (Tax) Break: Federal Tax Delinquency and Felony Convictions Could Bar Corporations from Contract Award

Posted in Suspension & Debarment
When assessing whether a contractor is eligible for award, contracting officers are required to conduct a meaningful present responsibility determination using the factors contained in FAR 9.1. However, a final rule issued by the FAR Council on September 30, 2016 has inserted a wild card into the process—the agency suspension and debarment official (SDO). The… Continue Reading

Responsible Sourcing: New Tools for Contractors to Combat Human Trafficking

Posted in Legal Developments
Last March, government contractors’ anti-human trafficking obligations were significantly expanded under FAR Subpart 22.17, Combating Trafficking in Persons, and its associated contract clause at FAR 52.222-50. Among other requirements, the amended FAR rule broadened the definition of trafficking in persons in government contracts, instituted new contractor reporting obligations, and implemented a number of additional compliance and… Continue Reading