L2 Federal Resources to Host Webinar, Suspension and Debarment: Increased Enforcement Calls for Increased Contractor Attention to Compliance

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Government contracts attorneys Richard Arnholt and Alexina Jackson will deliver an overview of the current suspension and debarment environment, with an emphasis on policy changes and recent and pending legislation.

Contractors, their counsel and compliance officers would benefit from a deeper understanding of suspension and debarment, because if your company is excluded from contracting, each day spent learning about this process is another day that your company is prohibited from receiving federal dollars.

Over the past year and a half, numerous reports have concluded that government agencies must improve their suspension and debarment programs and increase their use of administrative exclusion to prohibit poorly performing contractors from receiving federal contract or grant funds. Coupled with these reports, recent legislative and policy changes appear to have shifted away from contractor rehabilitation and instead have focused on punitive measures, trending towards mandatory use of suspension and debarment for certain misconduct. This radical shift in focus has resulted in a marked increase in the use of suspension and debarment by nearly every agency, with DoD proposed debarments approximately doubling between fiscal years 2010 and 2011 and suspension and debarment activity increasing at non-DoD agencies as well.

This 90-minute webinar will provide an overview of the current suspension and debarment environment, including policy changes and recent and pending legislation. The webinar will also provide the speakers views on the future, as well as practical information about the suspension and debarment process, highlighting differences between procurement and non-procurement suspension and debarment, causes for suspension and debarment, the types of evidence considered by debarment officials, the effect of suspension and debarment, and contractor reporting requirements. Contractors attending the webinar will also learn about steps they can take now to address the increased risk of suspension and debarment. Addressing risk early is essential as companies faced with suspension or debarment often simultaneously confront the burden of responding to allegations of wrongdoing that form the basis of the administrative exclusion; resolving both the allegations and suspension and debarment exclusions will tax the resources of even the most prepared company.

The 90-minute webinar, entitled “Suspension and Debarment: Increased Enforcement Calls for Increased Contractor Attention to Compliance" is scheduled for Thursday, August 9th, at 1:00 PM Eastern.

To register, follow this link: Suspension and Debarment: Increased Enforcement Calls for Increased Contractor Attention to Compliance

Addressing webinar attendees will be Richard Arnholt, counsel in the Washington, DC law office of Crowell & Moring LLP and Alexina Jackson, associate of Crowell & Moring LLP.

Richard Arnholt is counsel in the Washington, DC law office of Crowell & Moring LLP. His practice involves bid protests, qui tam actions, contract claims, congressional and criminal investigations, and providing regulatory advice. His recent work includes litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, False Claims Act work at the trial and appellate level, providing training to clients regarding U.S. government contracts law, advising clients on a range of government contracts compliance issues, including the Berry Amendment and Trade Agreements Act, and assisting major defense companies in responding to congressional inquiries. He also regularly counsels clients on suspension and debarment matters at the federal and state levels, including appearing before government debarring officials. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Richard clerked for one year with the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams, United States Court of Federal Claims, and worked with the government contracts group at another top law firm. He is an active member of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law, and currently co-chairs two committees.

Alexina Jackson is an associate in the Washington, DC law office of Crowell & Moring LLP. She joined the firm in 2007 as a member of the Government Contracts and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice groups. Alexina has specialized her practice in Government Contracts with particular attention to litigation, investigations, and compliance counseling. Alexina has litigated a variety of claims against the government and has also defended government and qui tam False Claims Act matters. She has litigated matters in a variety of fora, including Federal appellate and district courts and Boards of Contract Appeals. Prior to her legal career, Alexina worked in New York, Brazil, Spain, and France as a strategy consultant for a multinational firm. Alexina worked in various industries as a consultant, but garnered significant experience in telecommunications, technology, and strategic industry development. Alexina joined Crowell & Moring from University of Maryland School of Law, magna cum laude, order of the coif. She has undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa.

Following this presentation, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing material covered in the webinar.
Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price.
To register, follow this link: Suspension and Debarment: Increased Enforcement Calls for Increased Contractor Attention to Compliance

L2 Federal Resources provides expert-led training and education for the government contracting community. The company hosts several webinars on government contracting topics every month and offers downloadable recordings of past webinars at http://www.l2federalresources.com. The company also blogs on government contracting topics at http://www.l2federalresources.com/blog. L2 is on Twitter at @L2FedResources.

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