Government Contracts Legal Forum

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

Posted in Legal Developments, Podcast
David B. RobbinsPeter J. Eyre

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 lawyer or executive should be without. This latest edition is hosted by partners David Robbins and Peter Eyre and includes updates on Buy American Act guidance, the NDAA for fiscal year 2018, and a GAO denied protest.

Listen: Crowell.com | PodBean | SoundCloud | iTunes

 

Commitment to Training — Join Crowell & Moring for Gov Con 101

Posted in Bid Protest, Claims, Cost/Cost Accounting, Cybersecurity, Suspension & Debarment
Crowell & Moring

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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Government Claims on Incurred Cost Submissions

Posted in Claims, Cost/Cost Accounting
Steve McBradyDaniel Wierzba

Contractors that use a fiscal year ending 12/31 submit their annual cost submissions in June of the following year.  For 2010 incurred cost submissions (ICS) submitted in June 2011, many contractors may receive affirmative claims from the Government seeking to disallow some or all of those incurred costs, because the Government has a 6-year statute of limitations to bring such claims (i.e., June 2017).  Due to DCAA’s audit backlog, COs may receive Audit Reports right around the SOL deadline, and issue Final Decisions in order to avoid missing that deadline.  Contractors that do receive Final Decisions disallowing costs should be aware of the 90 day limit to appeal the Final Decision, whether they intend to negotiate or litigate.

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

Posted in Legal Developments, Podcast
David B. RobbinsPeter J. Eyre

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 lawyer or executive should be without. This latest edition is hosted by partners David Robbins and Peter Eyre and includes updates on a VA annual audit report, a Security Executive Agency Directive, and a GAO report.

Listen: Crowell.com | PodBean | SoundCloud | iTunes

Government Contracts Mergers & Acquisitions in 2017: Challenges and Opportunities on the Horizon

Posted in Webinar
Steve McBradyPeter J. EyreAdelicia R. Cliffe

Please join us on June 27, 2017 for a lunchtime panel discussion regarding “Government Contracts M&A in 2017: Challenges and Opportunities on the Horizon.”

During this program, moderated by Peter Eyre,  a panel of industry, private equity, law firm, and government representatives will tackle key considerations for buyers and sellers to take into account when structuring and executing M&A transactions in the government contract marketplace, including: due diligence “hot spots” and effective risk management; specific considerations regarding transactions involving for foreign entities; and unique requirements when acquiring or selling companies in the defense and intelligence fields.

Panelists:

  • Mike Molino, SVP, Corporate Strategy, Leidos
  • Tim Garnett, Managing Director, Avascent
  • David Wodlinger, Partner, Arlington Capital
  • Marc Marlin, Managing Director, KippsDeSanto & Co.
  • Addie Cliffe, Partner, Crowell & Moring

 

Government Contracts Recovery Webinar

Posted in Claims, Webinar
Steve McBradySkye MathiesonLaura BakerCharles Baek

On 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 to assert a claim or an REA.

The audience Q&A featured a remarkable 30 questions during the 1-hour webinar, so be on the lookout for a “sequel” Claims Recovery v2.0 webinar in the coming weeks, where we will address additional FAQs and new questions that attendees may submit in advance.

Finally, because part of the discussion focused on identifying and pursuing claims, attached here is a description of the Crowell & Moring Performance Review Offering, which describes available training and diagnostic reviews regarding recovery opportunities for clients in the government contracting industry.

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

Posted in Legal Developments, Podcast
David B. RobbinsPeter J. Eyre

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 lawyer or executive should be without. This latest edition is hosted by partners David Robbins and Peter Eyre and includes updates on the STOP FWA program, the fiscal year 2018 budget, and a Court of Federal Claims matter.

Listen: Crowell.com | PodBean | SoundCloud | iTunes

 

Join Crowell & Moring for our Webinar “Government Contracts Recovery: ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ About Requests for Equitable Adjustments and CDA Claims”

Posted in Claims, Events
Steve McBradySkye MathiesonCharles BaekLaura Baker

Join 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 delve into some of the procedural, substantive, legal, and business considerations that factor into whether to assert a claim or an REA.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, June 14th, 2017 at 1 PM Eastern.  To register for this event, please click here.

 

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

Posted in Cybersecurity, Podcast
David B. RobbinsPeter J. Eyre

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 lawyer or executive should be without. This latest edition is hosted by partners Peter Eyre and David Robbins and includes updates on cybersecurity, a GAO report, and the Section 809 Panel’s interim report.

Listen: Crowell.com | PodBean | SoundCloud | iTunes

 

Not Your Grandfather’s Suspension & Debarment: How Contractors Can Prepare For and Defend Against Today’s Exclusions

Posted in Legal Developments, Suspension & Debarment
David B. RobbinsPeter J. Eyre

Suspension and debarment practice in 2017 is very different than it was just five or 10 years ago, and it continues to evolve.  Historically active programs, such as the Department of the Air Force, show few actions initiated in the last three months, while the Environmental Protection Agency has been heavily involved in excluding contractors and awardees.  Awareness of the current activity level and preferences of relevant agency suspension and debarment offices is one key to successfully managing your relationship with key federal agencies.  But successfully navigating the current suspension/debarment landscape is often more complicated than a single agency analysis.

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