Government Contracts Lawyers and Consultants
- A government contract refers to any contract, subcontract, joint venture, agreement, etc. between (1) a company and (2) any governmental authority for the performance of services or transfer of goods.
- The laws surrounding government contracting are complex and highly regulated to ensure fair competition between parties.
- The government contracting process involves many stages such as procurement, solicitation, negotiation, contracting and further encompasses any resulting transactions, investigations, and litigations.
- Lawyers and consultants deal with a variety of issues pertaining to government contracting including False Claims Act allegations; government contracting counseling services; government grants; bid protests; congressional inquiries; and internal investigations.
- Consider hiring an experienced team of government contracting lawyers and consultants to advise you on this lengthy process.
Experienced Government Contracting Defense Team
If you need advice regarding government contracting, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers and consultants today.
The government intricately investigates entities it does business with due to the sensitive nature of its business contracts or potential national security risks.
Either way, this exposes your business and its operations to increased federal scrutiny. Investigations and charges against your company in connection with your government contracts poses significant risks to your business—including fines, imprisonment, debarment, and reputational damage.
If you have any concerns regarding your government contract, give us a call as soon as possible. Always remember that you are entitled to due process no matter what the charges may be. We can make sure you are afforded those rights
At Oberheiden, P.C., our government contracting team is composed of lawyers and consultants who together can advise you on a broad range of issues concerning government contracting such as procurement, compliance, bidding, and contract execution.
Do not wait to get in touch with a qualified defense team today. Put Oberheiden, P.C. on your side to offer you a personalized defense strategy and fight for your reputation and future.
What Is Government Contracting?
A government contract refers to any contract, subcontract, joint venture, agreement, etc. between (1) a company and (2) any governmental authority. This contract summarizes the terms of the business arrangements between the parties.
The United States government purchases more products and services than any other entity in the world. The U.S. Department of Defense is responsible for a substantial amount of the nation’s purchases.
The laws and regulations surrounding government contracting are complex. The entire procurement process and execution of the contract are highly regulated to promote a healthy economy and fair competition.
Government Contracting Topics We Handle
Our team of government contracting lawyers and consultants are experienced in working with civilian and defense entities on government contracts in multiple industry sectors.
We regularly advise contractors in dealing with the federal government regarding a broad range of products and services.
Our areas of expertise cover the entire process of government procurement and contracting and extend to any resulting transactions, investigations, and litigations.
Below we provide a simplified list and description of the areas of government contracting that our team of lawyers and consultants routinely handle:
False Claims Act Allegations
- Our team is competent to handle issues of False Claims Act charges. The False Claims Act prohibits knowingly presenting false claims to the government for payment or causing such claims to be presented and knowingly making false records or material false statements in connection with fraudulent claims.
- The False Claims Act provides for treble damages and for both civil and criminal liability.
- Under the False Claims Act, private individuals as whistleblowers can bring a Qui Tam lawsuit on behalf of the federal government, which entitles them to sue the company defrauding the U.S. government and recover damages for certain funds recovered by the government.
Other Challenges Regarding Federal Investigations
- Prosecutors often raise multiple claims against your company in relation to government contracting such as government contract fraud, grant fraud, or compliance issues.
- We fight these allegations and also fight recent orders by federal authorities that your company be suspended or debarred from working with the federal government in the future.
- We help resolve these issues regarding government contracts—whether they concern civil or criminal violations.
Government Contracting Counseling Services
- Our firm also provides counseling services regarding the entire government contracting process.
- This includes, for instance, helping companies prepare for issues that arise prior to solicitation and bidding.
- It also includes advising clients on achieving a competitive advantage or on what they need to know when dealing with the government or when entering government markets.
Advising on Government Grants
- We regularly advise our clients on the process of applying and receiving government grants.
- Our team can help you respond to government requests for information as well as react to compliance challenges or issues that arise with government grant regulations.
The Initial Stages of the Procurement Process
- Our team helps clients deal with the beginning stages of government contracting such as solicitation, responding to government requests for information, and negotiation strategies.
- We are also competent in assessing companies’ compliance with the government’s minimum standards and qualifications for the defense/government contract.
- Our lawyers and consultants help clients with bid protests including disputes with the government or disputes with other entities seeking to be awarded the government contract.
- In addition to bid protests disputes, our lawyers and consultants are trained to advise companies on preparing bid proposals to the government.
- Government contracting can sometimes involve national security issues or otherwise pertain to the execution of duties that involve sensitive or critical infrastructure, technology, intelligence, or military issues.
- Congressional inquiries are a possibility in such cases, especially those concerning potential national security threats.
- Our firm is trained to defend companies against unwarranted subpoenas and requests for information from Congress and regularly serves as counsel for companies who are the subject of a congressional inquiry.
Due Diligence Counseling
- Our lawyers and consultants routinely counsel our clients in due diligence.
- Due diligence—along with risks assessment procedures—are particularly important as companies take on major undertakings such as takeovers or mergers and acquisitions of government contracting companies.
- There are increased risks associated with such undertakings, and we are here to advise companies on all the resulting risks as well as how to guard against potential liability.
Internal Investigations, Compliance, Audits, and Internal Controls Counseling
- One thing these sub-topics have in common is preparation—preparation against potential liability.
Internal investigations are conducted within the company in response to allegations of wrongful conduct and should be encouraged to foster an environment of ethics and morale.
- Companies need to develop a strong and robust compliance policy that includes various safeguards such as risk assessment, due diligence, an anti-corruption approach, independent reviews, and regular consultations with counsel.
- A company should ensure that its operations are audited by an independent auditor or reviewer on a periodic basis and should also ensure that all identified risks are promptly addressed.
- Internal controls are meant to be intertwined in a company’s accounting and financial reporting practices to immediately alert the company as to suspicious transactions.
- Our government contracting team of lawyers and consultants can advise companies on how to successfully construct and develop these practices in their business practices.
- Steady adherence to these policies also demonstrates to federal authorities the intent to follow the law. This may be useful in federal investigations since the government considers leniency as well as cooperation and good-faith efforts by the company to comply with the law.
Need Advice Regarding Government Contracting?
Government contracting is a complicated and highly regulated process. Because of this, federal authorities often investigate companies and entities that seek to do business with it—resulting in an increased potential for federal government scrutiny into your business.
If you need advice regarding the government contracting process, how to prepare a bid, negotiate, or execute a government contract as well as how to fight federal charges in connection with a government contract, it is time to take prompt action in your defense.
The government contracting lawyers and consultants at Oberheiden, P.C. have the experience and knowledge needed to advise you on all government contracting issues—including compliance standards, changes to regulations, the procurement process, and fighting federal charges.
We will fight for your freedom and reputation at every stage of the litigation or investigation process.
Call us at 888-680-1745 or contact our office for a free consultation.