Doing business with the federal government requires a highly specialized set of legal skills, particularly in light of the current emphasis on oversight, compliance, and mandatory disclosure of wrongdoing. A thorough understanding of the nuances of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the agency FAR supplements, and other applicable procurement rules provides a competitive advantage to contractors in marketing their products to the government, responding to solicitations, and managing their existing contractual relationships.
Wiley Rein attorneys counsel companies on doing business with the government, including advising companies on changes to procurement laws and regulations, legislative and regulatory changes still under consideration and the practical implications of such changes or potential changes to contractors of all sizes. For example, we counsel contractors regarding such issues as establishing and maintaining effective compliance programs (Ethics Advice & Compliance Audits and Plans); cost allowability issues (Cost Accounting and Cost Allowability); small-business-related issues (Small Business); protection of proprietary data (Data Rights and Protection of Contractor Trade Secrets); compliance with restrictions on foreign acquisitions, including the Buy American Act, Trade Agreements Act, Berry Amendment, specialty metals restrictions, and export control regulations (Export Controls, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Buy American Act, and Trade Agreements Act); contracting with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and commercial item contracting under FAR Part 12 (GSA Schedule and Commercial Item Contracts); the unique rules that apply to contractors and their employees performing overseas in conflict areas (Expeditionary Contracting); the flow down of FAR and FAR supplement clauses to subcontractors; and the implications of the dozens of certifications and representations required by the typical solicitation.
ISSUE: FALL 2014
IN THIS ISSUE
- New Labor Executive Orders and Rules to Impose New Compliance Obligations on Contractors
- The “No Federal Contracts for Corporate Deserters Act of 2014”—Congress’s Latest Attempt to Address Inverted Domestic Corporations
- COFC Decisions Reinforce Challenges, But Open the Door, for Subcontractors Pursuing Claims for Nonpayment Directly Against the Government
- The Court Trusts, But You Should Verify—D.C. Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Qui Tam Alleging Reseller Violated the TAA
- Speeches & Publications
View from Wiley Rein: Is It Possible to Comply with the FCPA’s Internal Controls Provision?
By Gregory M. Williams and Ralph J. Caccia
January 27, 2015 | Bloomberg BNA’s Federal Contracts Report
View From Wiley Rein: Revisiting President Obama’s Executive Orders—Has Congressional Gridlock Made Government Contractors the New Laboratories of Democracy?
By John R. Prairie
December 30, 2014 | Bloomberg BNA's Federal Contracts Report
Inside New Proposed FAR Rule on FAPIIS Reporting
By Kara M. Sacilotto
December 5, 2014 | Law360