Government Contract Bidding
Companies who bid on projects for which they are not eligible or who mispresent themselves or their product (deliberately or not) can be temporarily or even permanently disbarred from participating in future bids, have their contract terminated or be civilly or criminally penalized. We provide guidance and counseling throughout the bidding process to avoid these pitfalls, including registering your business for the purpose of working with the government, bid conception and submission, contract negotiations and compliance audits. You can depend on us for expert guidance and protection through every stage of the bidding process.
Bid protests compel agencies to re-evaluate an award or provide feedback on specific shortcomings. However, the process itself can be cumbersome and costly if conducted without insight into the protest process and the government agencies themselves. Our government contracting attorneys offer a wealth of experience in resolving your dispute efficiently and effectively, and know how to obtain valuable information in the process that could improve your prospects on future bids.
Compliance & Internal Audits
Internal investigations and audits proactively ready businesses for the bidding process, while ensuring compliance both before and during contract execution. Our internal audits minimize risk and position your organization for future compliance with numerous Federal Acquisition Regulations. Once we’ve identified the risks, we’ll develop a strategy designed to achieve your goals.
We regularly counsel clients on issues surrounding their policies, procedures and compliance with state and federal laws. We also handle complex insurance and risk management issues that often disrupt normal business operations, and work to put guidelines in place that keep businesses running smoothly.
Companies providing products and services to both the private sector and federal and state government face unique record retention obligations. If an organization has a negotiated procurement or sealed bid contract with the federal or state government, it is required to be keep certain records. We have specific expertise in counseling clients on their record retention obligations and the application of the federal and state acquisition regulations.
Contracting with the government brings a number of risks along with its many benefits. Government enforcement for violation of laws, regulations and contracts can include substantial fines and other penalties. These sanctions are not just applied to companies. Business owners and employees can face fines and even imprisonment for failure to comply with their obligations. In addition, under the False Claims Act, companies face the prospect of “qui tam” lawsuits brought by private litigators seeking to enforce and profit from claims brought on behalf of the government. We provide a clear-eyed evaluation of your risks and a vigorous defense of your interests every step of the way.
For state procurement assistance, please see our Government Affairs page, HERE