Government Contracts Bid Protests: A Practical Guide in Light of Recent Developments
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued several decisions that impact significant aspects of government contracts bid protests. The decisions address complex cost and pricing issues that are relevant to contractors not only as they prepare complex proposals for forthcoming opportunities, but also in determining the course of action in the event of possible future bid protests.
With all the changes that continue to transpire in this area of the law, it becomes more important for protesters, government attorneys, and all affected individuals to become in the know of the recent trends and developments relating to government contract bid protests.
In this LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of Government Contracts Bid Protests. They will also go beyond the basics and provide a comprehensive discussion of the implications of recent changes and developments surrounding this topic.
Key Topics include:
- Government Contract Bid Protest: An In-Depth Analysis
- Rules and Regulations for Bid Protests
- Notable Trends and Developments
- Compliance Issues and Best Practices
- What Lies Ahead
Michael J. Anstett, Special Counsel
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
- Procedural Changes to GAO Protests
- Debriefing Strategies and the Impact of DoD Enhanced Debriefings
- The Future of Protests Challenging Agency Voluntary Corrective Action
- On the Horizon: Protests involving OTAs and Cybersecurity Requirements
Luke Meier, Partner
Blank Rome LLP
- Selecting a Forum: Different Protest Forums, Their Strengths and Weaknesses
- Avoiding Dismissal: Tips to Avoid Timeliness Traps and Other Bases for Dismissal
- Taking a Relief-oriented Approach
- Strategy Regarding Document Production
- Off the Record Advocacy
Mary Karen Wills, Managing Director
Berkeley Research Group, LLC
- Why, When and How to Engage Cost Consultants for Bid Protest Success.
- Minimizing Protest Cost and Price Risk in Light of Recent Government Solicitation Requirements Designed to Reduce the Volume of Bid Protests, e.g. ALLIANT II, OASIS
- Top Cost Realism Issues - can they be mitigated or prevented in proposal preparation?
- Curse of the Incumbent - cost and pricing issues common to incumbent bidders
Who Should Attend:
- Government Compliance Attorneys
- In-House Counsel
- Risk and Compliance Managers
- Procurement Officers
- Contractors and Subcontractors
- Financial Analysts
- Top Level Management
- Government Agencies
- Other Interested Professionals/Organizations
Michael J. Anstett is a special counsel in Fried Frank’s Washington, DC office, who focuses his practice on the representation of government contractors, including major defense and aerospace clients, in a wide range of matters involving bid protests, regulatory compliance, and suspension and debarment proceedings. Mr. Anstett regularly advises as government contracts counsel in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and joint venture transactions involving aerospace and defense companies. He also represents government contractors in fraud investigations and False Claims Act qui tam litigation and counsels clients on contract formation and post-award matters, government audits, Procurement Integrity Act and Freedom of Information Act disputes, and voluntary disclosures. Mr. Anstett currently serves as the Secretary for the Procurement Division of the National Defense Industrial Association and as a Vice Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law.
Michael J. Anstett is a special counsel in Fried Frank’s Washington, DC office, who focuses his practice on the representation …
Luke Meier is a seasoned Government Contracts litigator and counselor with wide-ranging experience in government procurement law. Luke is a Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Bid Protest Committee and has litigated scores of bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Recent victories include successful post-award protests of awards made by the Army and Department of Homeland Security.
Luke also has extensive experience helping clients investigate and defend allegations of fraud, and offers clients regulatory compliance counseling on matters such as the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, GSA schedule contracting, and ethics and internal controls requirements.
Prior to law school, Luke worked for a major defense contractor as an on-site consultant at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness.
Luke Meier is a seasoned Government Contracts litigator and counselor with wide-ranging experience in government procurement law. Luke is a …
Ms. Wills is the Practice Leader for the Berkeley Research Group Government Contracts Consulting Practice. She brings over 30 years of experience in the government contracting and commercial industries. She has worked with contractors spanning virtually all industries, including aerospace, biotech, construction, defense, engineering services, health care, insurance, logistics, operations and maintenance, pharma, professional services, technology services and software, as well as grant and cooperative agreement recipients in the not-for-profit and international development industries. She specializes in assisting Federal contractors and commercial companies adapt their processes, structure, and accounting for the unique requirements associated with government contracts and grants.
Ms. Wills’ experience covers a vast range of government contract accounting, administration and compliance related matters, including initial go-to market strategy development to complex cost accounting matters and to contractor litigation and investigation support. She has served as a cost and pricing expert on multiple bid protests at the GAO and the Court of Federal Claims throughout her career.
Ms. Wills is the Practice Leader for the Berkeley Research Group Government Contracts Consulting Practice. She brings over 30 years …
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About Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
From offices strategically located in principal financial centers around the globe, Fried Frank serves as counsel to many of the world’s largest companies, financial institutions, and investment firms. Fried Frank’s government contracts practice is actively engaged in all phases of the government contracting process, including bid protests. Our attorneys counsel clients on the intricacies of government contract law and regulatory compliance, and our practice is highly interactive, involving close collaboration with the Firm’s corporate, intellectual property, international arbitration, False Claims Act, and white-collar crime practices.
About Blank Rome LLP
Blank Rome is an Am Law 100 firm with 13 offices and more than 600 attorneys and principals who provide a full range of legal and advocacy services to clients operating in the United States and around the world. Our professionals are widely recognized for their leading knowledge and experience across a broad spectrum of industries, including a Government Contracts group recently named one of Law360’s 2018 Practice Groups of the Year. What really sets Blank Rome apart, however, is the firm’s investment in client relationships—our unwavering commitment to understanding their businesses, the around-the-clock access we provide, and our nimble and customized delivery of services. We treat your goals, ideas, and objectives as our own and fight fiercely for resolutions that are in your best interest.
About Berkeley Research Group, LLC
BRG is a global consulting firm that helps leading organizations advance in three key areas: disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and strategy and operations. Headquartered in California with offices around the world, we are an integrated group of experts, industry leaders, academics, data scientists, and professionals working beyond borders and disciplines. We harness our collective expertise to deliver the inspired insights and practical strategies our clients need to stay ahead of what's next.
We have in-depth experience across a wide range of industries and markets, from Government Contracting, Construction, Energy to Technology and Healthcare. BRG offers clients extensive and unique industry experience combined with a focus on regulatory interpretation and compliance, policy and procedure evaluation, investigation, litigation support, dispute resolution, and advisory services related to complex issues.