The steady increase in federal spending and recent high-profile criminal and civil fraud matters involving federal contractors have resulted in closer scrutiny of federal contractors in general. In addition, regulations impose additional compliance and disclosure requirements on contractors. [See Nov. 2007 Final FAR Rule: Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct; Nov. 2008 Final FAR Rule: Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Requirements] As a result of these initiatives, it is more critical than ever to ensure that your company’s federal procurement policies, practices, and procedures conform with current federal laws and regulations.
Wiley Rein routinely advises contractors on the application of ethics statutes and regulations, including restrictions on the activities of former government employees, and has assisted contractors in establishing and/or enhancing their ethics and compliance programs to ensure that those programs are comprehensive and current. Wiley Rein has also conducted numerous compliance audits for contractors in all industries that provide services to the Government. These audits involve assessing current government contracts policies, generally through on-site audit and review of relevant documents and interviews of pertinent management and staff; identifying existing ethics/compliance issues, weaknesses, and key areas of risk; proposing and assisting with implementation of recommendations for mitigating known risks; and providing targeted quarterly reviews of specific areas. Typical areas of inquiry in an audit include assessment of:
- Compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements;
- Compliance with prime or subcontract terms and conditions;
- The efficacy of the company's code of conduct and areas for improvement, or the preparation of an appropriate code of conduct when necessary;
- Compliance with socioeconomic/reporting requirements;
- Security clearance/export compliance procedures (where applicable);
- The nature and extent of employee training, including the "tone at the top" set by management; and
- Internal controls designed to ensure overall compliance with government contracting requirements.
Where a compliance audit has been initiated in connection with, or in response to, a government investigation, Wiley Rein attorneys also work with the company to develop and implement the corrective action plans and other remedial measures critical to mitigating the risk of suspension or debarment based on any alleged misconduct. Along with our colleagues in the International Trade Practice, who lend additional expertise on export control issues, and in the Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, who counsel clients on ethics, lobbying, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Wiley Rein helps contractors ensure that their compliance policies are robust and incorporate the latest legal requirements.
ISSUE: SPRING 2014
IN THIS ISSUE
- It’s My Appeal, But It’s Your Claim: ASBCA Orders Government to File Complaint in Appeal of Government Claim
- “Willfully” Reinterpreted: The Effect of DOJ’s Latest Interpretation of False Statement Statutes on Contractors’ Mandatory Disclosure Obligations
- Don’t Be Fooled by Fakes: Five Issues to Address in Complying with DOD’s New Counterfeit Electronic Parts Rule
- Are You Ready for Your CPSR?—Seven Areas for Focus
- Is Your Company SCA Compliant? Figure It Out Before the United States Department of Labor Figures It Out for You!
- GAO Agrees With ISDC: Many Agencies Have Enhanced Their Suspension and Debarment Programs and Increased the Use of Suspension and Debarment Remedies
- Wiley Rein Attorneys Partner with Lawline for “Federal Contracting: A Five-Part Series”
- Speeches & Publications
DOD Issues Final Rule on Counterfeit Electronic Parts
By Jon W. Burd and Craig Smith
May 6, 2014
Interim Rules Require Enhanced Whistleblower Protection and Limit the Allowability of Costs for Whistleblower Proceedings
By Kevin J. Maynard, W. Barron A. Avery and Wiliam M. Novak
October 3, 2013
Fifth Circuit Limits Liability under the False Claims Act for “Certifications” and Offers a New Framework
By Roderick L. Thomas, Erin K. Nord and Shane B. Kelly
August 28, 2013