Government Contracts

Doing business with the federal government directly or as a subcontractor can be rewarding but has unique challenges and complications. The legal and regulatory hurdles encountered in government contracting require that a company doing business in this market be well informed and astute with regard to the numerous regulatory compliance requirements.

Whether it is contract obligations, business systems requirements, employment agreements, proposals and pricing, claims, cost accounting, applicability of the Buy-American Act or Trade Agreements Act, mandatory disclosures, changes, disputes, or simply getting paid, numerous complicated regulations must be well understood and complied with. Even unintentional violations not only can have a devastating impact on your business, but can also result in fines and imprisonment.

Anyone interested in or already doing business with the U.S. government needs a trusted advisor who fully understands and has insight and extensive experience dealing with the rules, regulations, agency differences, and bureaucracy inherent in government contracting.

After years of working in the aerospace and defense industry, I have practical, hands-on experience in dealing with all aspects of government contracting for both small and large companies. Whether your business is in the initial stages of seeking a government contract or has been contracting with the government for years, I can help you successfully solve problems, understand your rights and obligations, and navigate the sometimes-bewildering maze of programs, rules and regulations at an affordable price.

I welcome you to contact me to discuss your legal needs with regard to government contracting.

Regulatory Compliance & Ethics

The U.S. government takes procurement fraud seriously. When doing business with the federal government, companies must adhere to numerous statutes and regulations designed to eliminate such fraud. Categories of procurement fraud include mischarging,… Read More

Proposals & Contract Awards

Winning government business involves more than simply submitting a proposal. The solicitation process can be very involved and failure to adhere to the Request for Proposal/Quotation (RFP/Q) requirements means you won’t be considered. But submittin… Read More

Costs & Pricing

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), various agency supplements and cost and pricing regulations apply to companies doing business with the federal government or a prime contractor. These regulations may impose certain accounting requirements on… Read More

Bid Protests

Bid protests are unique to government contractors. Unsuccessful bidders have the right to challenge contract awards if they believe the government failed to comply with procurement regulations and statutes. Some bid protests require that the protest… Read More

Contract Changes

Contract changes in government contracting are very common. Usually the change is formally directed by the government and processed under the “Changes” or other appropriate contract clause. Other times government action or inaction creates a “c… Read More

Terminations

The government (and in many cases, a prime contractor if you are a subcontractor) has the right to terminate your contract for convenience. While you may not achieve the benefit of the original contract, ensuring that you properly and timely prepare… Read More

Disputes

When contract issues with the government remain unresolved — typically disagreements about whether a contractor is rightfully owed additional monies or time for contract performance — a company must comply with the Contracts Disputes Act (CDA) to… Read More

Data Rights / Intellectual Property

The government, under contracts with companies, obtains certain data rights to the intellectual property your company is developing. The intellectual property portfolio of many businesses is not only the source of a competitive edge but also a signif… Read More

Subcontracts

Subcontracts are ubiquitous in government contracting. Some subcontractors are selected based upon complimentary technical capabilities (typically through the use of Teaming Agreements), or through competitive selection, or as a result of a prime nee… Read More

Construction Contracting

Not all contracts are created equal in terms of complexity or distinctions peculiar to a given industry. Construction contracting is no exception. Whether your construction contract is with the federal government or with a private entity, being knowl… Read More

SBIR / STTR

For small business, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program can be incredibly valuable. These highly competitive, 3-phase programs provide monies that allow your company to engag… Read More