Legal Consulting for Federal Government Agencies
Our Former Federal Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Agents Consult with Federal Agencies Regarding Standards, Best Practices, and Compliance
Federal agencies are subject to stringent compliance obligations, and they must ensure strict compliance with all applicable standards. They must also effectively implement best practices in all aspects of their operations, from recruiting and onboarding to maintaining cybersecurity and ensuring appropriate use of force only when necessary.
This is easier said than done. In order to meet their statutory and regulatory obligations – while also maintaining a satisfied workforce and serving the U.S. public – federal agencies must undertake comprehensive compliance efforts. This begins with gaining a clear understanding of their legal obligations, and it continues through monitoring compliance and updating their compliance programs as necessary on an ongoing basis.
Consultants for Federal Agencies with Significant Prior Federal Experience
At Oberheiden P.C., we provide legal consulting services to federal agencies. In doing so, we rely on our attorneys’ and consultants’ vast prior federal experience. With a legal consulting team that includes former U.S. Attorneys, District Attorneys, Supervisory Special Agents, and Special Agents in Charge, we offer broad knowledge of federal agency regulation and compliance, and we offer comprehensive advice and strategy consulting based on our combined federal government experience.
Our attorneys and consultants have prior high-level experience working for many federal agencies. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI)
- U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO)
- U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DOD-OIG)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (DHHS-OIG)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
- U.S. Department of the Treasury
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
- U.S. Secret Service
We are able to consult with government attorneys, special agents, division chiefs, and other federal agency personnel on all aspects of compliance, risk management, and the adoption and implementation of standards and practices. How can we help you? Contact us to discuss your federal agency’s needs today.
Our Legal Consulting Services for Federal Government Agencies
Our legal consulting services for federal government agencies span across all areas of agency operation, management, and compliance. This includes consulting on matters such as:
Statutory and Regulatory Compliance
We assist federal agencies with all aspects of statutory and regulatory compliance. This includes compliance with everything from the federal anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws that apply to government agencies to the regulations that govern federal agencies’ procurement practices.
When providing compliance consulting to federal agencies, we work closely with our agency contacts to understand and address their specific concerns. We also go beyond addressing known issues to identify any additional compliance obligations that might not yet be on the agency’s radar. By relying on our attorneys’ and consultants’ vast experience-based knowledge as well as research of new Congressional enactments and the latest Federal Registers, we are able to comprehensively assess federal agencies’ compliance obligations and advise them accordingly.
Agency Standards and Practices
Federal agencies in all areas of government need to adopt documented standards and practices that address all aspects of their operations. This is important not only for maintaining statutory and regulatory compliance, but also for maintaining transparency in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), and other pertinent enactments.
As a result of our experience developing standards and practices for private entities that are subject to federal oversight, we are well-versed in the requirements for drafting and implementing effective policies and procedures. Whether you have questions or concerns about your agency’s standards and practices in a particular area or it is time for a complete review and overhaul of your agency’s policies and procedures, we can tailor our services to your agency’s specific needs.
The federal government’s 2020 cybersecurity breach sent ripples through both the public and private sectors. Many federal agencies and private companies will be dealing with the fallout of the breach for years to come. While cybersecurity has been a concern for federal agencies for as long as they have used computers, the risks of having an inadequate cybersecurity program have intensified in recent years.
At Oberheiden P.C., we have experience in the areas of cybersecurity compliance, cybersecurity program implementation, breach response, and cybersecurity-related litigation defense. As a result, we are able to consult with federal agencies with regard to their cybersecurity needs at all stages. Whether your agency needs to assess the sufficiency of its existing cybersecurity protocols or you are dealing with the fallout of a malicious attack, we can provide you with the information and insights you need to confidently move forward.
We are also able to consult with federal agencies with regard to their employment practices. Our combination of prior federal government experience and ongoing experience advising companies in the public sector affords the opportunity to provide deep insights and practical advice here as well. Our federal lawyers and consultants are intimately familiar with the laws that govern the employment relationship in the federal sector, and we have experience with workers’ compensation and other employment-related matters as well.
Government Contract Compliance and Enforcement
Government contracting is yet another area where our experience in both the public and private sectors contributes to our ability to advise federal agencies effectively. Our lawyers and consultants are well-versed in the federal government contracting rules and regulations, and we have experience on both sides of investigations and enforcement matters involving government contract compliance.
As a result of this experience, we can quickly begin advising your agency regarding government contract matters. We can assist with investigations into potential fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA), and we can assess government contractors’ performance in order to determine whether they are meeting the requirements imposed by their contracts. We can assist with the preparation of requests for proposals (RFPs) and other procurement and bidding-related matters as well.
We assist federal agencies with conducting internal audits focused on examining matters in the areas of statutory and regulatory compliance, standards and practices implementation and enforcement, and cybersecurity. If you have questions about whether your agency is doing what is necessary to meet its legal obligations, or if you need to gain a clear picture of what exactly needs to be done in order to address known or perceived systemic failures, we can help you collect the data you need to begin making informed decisions.
As a federal defense law firm, we are also able to assist federal agencies in the area of litigation consulting. If your agency is facing potential litigation, or if you need help managing your agency’s case load, we can assist in a variety of different capacities. For many of our clients, we serve as both outside litigation counsel and as compliance and auditing counsel. This allows us to maintain a comprehensive understanding of their legal risks and compliance obligations, and it allows us to provide strategic consulting on an ongoing basis.
FAQs: Engaging a Legal Consulting Firm to Assist Your Federal Agency
Is it Common for Federal Agencies to Engage Outside Legal Consulting Firms?
Yes, it is fairly common for federal agencies to engage outside legal consulting firms. This occurs at all levels of government, as most agencies simply lack the internal resources to fully manage their legal and compliance needs in-house. Federal agencies engage legal consulting firms to assist with everything from compliance evaluations to litigation management to cybersecurity breach response.
What are the Benefits of Engaging an Outside Legal Consulting Firm?
Engaging an outside legal consulting firm affords several important benefits. Perhaps most significantly for federal agencies, engaging an outside firm is more cost-effective than hiring a team of in-house personnel with comparable experience and insights. By engaging an outside consulting firm, your agency can only pay for what it needs, and you can feel confident knowing that your agency is getting advice from former federal government attorneys and senior agents who are highly respected in their respective fields.
What Should I Do if I Have Concerns about Compliance or Other Issues Within My Agency?
If you have concerns about compliance or other issues within your federal agency, you must not ignore them. Instead, you must address them head-on, and you must find a way to resolve them before they lead to unnecessary exposure. At Oberheiden P.C., we are able to begin work immediately if necessary, and we can use our past federal experience to help you begin making informed decisions right away.
What is the Process for Engaging Oberheiden P.C. for Federal Agency Consulting?
We work with federal agencies through the standard government procurement procedures. We are happy to work with you to develop a scope of work and provide a quote, and we are intimately familiar with the competitive bidding process for federal government contracts.
Speak with Founding Attorney Nick Oberheiden, PhD
If you would like more information about our firm’s legal consulting services for federal government agencies, we encourage you to get in touch. To speak with firm founder and Managing Partner Nick Oberheiden, PhD, please call 888-680-1745 or contact us online today.