Contract Compliance - Management
Avoid Fines, Investigations in Government Contract Compliance
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Federal government contract compliance is a necessary to avoid adverse actions and possible debarment. Your current contract contains a multitude of clauses and requirements to which you must comply. A termination can occur over and beyond not performing your service or delivering your product on time. In addition to the standard clauses, businesses also have mandatory ethics and mandatory disclosure requirements to comply with.
- Avoid terminations
- Be prepared for investigations
- Get legal guidance with contract clauses
Contact management guidance and oversight are now utilized by scores of companies across the country. Many companies tend to use only commercial management styles but fail to incorporate policies to meet the federal project requirements. An example usually occurs when companies continue to do work without a required amendment.
- Call attorneys that understand federal government contracts
- Decades of hands-on experience
- Free initial consultation
- We offer training classes for nationwide companies
Contract Compliance and Management Services
With law offices in Washington, DC and Colorado, the federal contract compliance lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC provide detailed direction to large and small businesses across the country and overseas for performance success in service contracts. Our legal team brings decades of hand-on experience in federal contracting and understand the hurdles now facing businesses. Our services include:
- Internal controls
- Codes of ethics compliance
- FAR requirements
- Wage determinations
- Assistance with developing compliance programs
- Managing compliance obligations
- 8a Certification compliance
- Joint Venture Agreement
- Request for Equitable Adjustments (REA
- Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliance services
- Statutory interpretation
- Contract management
- False claims prevention
- Over payments
Benefit to you
- Develop internal contract compliance policies that keep you out of trouble
- Train your key personnel on the Do’s and Don’ts
- Have lawyers to advocate on your behalf when situations arise
- Have access to your own counsel for immediate advice
- Understand how FAR clause and Congressional statutes impact your current contract
Avoid the Most Deadly and Costly Mistakes Facing Businesses With Contract Compliance – Learn How to Manage and Comply With Clauses While Increasing Profits.
Stay Out of Contract Compliance Spotlight
Contract management and federal contract compliance has become a target mission for government agencies. According to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) statistics reported for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, the United States recouped more than $1.4 billion dollars in settlements and judgments pursuing allegations of fraud. For the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, the government recovered a record total of more than $3.1 billion in settlements and judgments from cases involving claims of fraud. According to a November 2006 DOJ report, defense procurement fraud accounted for $609 million in settlement and judgment awards in 2006. We help large contractors to comply with important mandate to meet subcontracting requirements. See video on congressional hearing on this issue.
Avoid Investigations for Lack of Compliance
The Justice Department’s is reporting that it collected over $3 billion in judgments and settlements in False Claims Act cases resolved through the end of Fiscal Year 2010. About 80 percent of the recoveries were in cases initiated by qui tam relators, who themselves recovered more than $386 million. Observing this increased concentration on government contract performance still had not grasped the attention companies that to improve their contract management and internal controls.
Get Mandatory Disclosure Compliance Requirements
On November 12, 2008, the federal government published a new rule that significantly affects the contract compliance obligations of all companies doing business with the federal government. The new rule expands the scope of contractors who are required to have a code of business ethics and conduct and an internal control system as part of their contract management operations. The rule also mandates disclosure to the government of certain violations of criminal law, violations of the civil False Claims Act, and significant over-payments. The new rule became effective December 12, 2008. If your federal contract compliance and management programs are not in place, you could face serious implications.
Implement Code of Business Ethics and Conduct Policies
Get Compliant: December 2007 amendments to the FAR required all contractors receiving awards expected to exceed $5 million and with performance periods of 120 days or more (“Covered Contracts”) to have a written ethics code and an internal control system. This not only becomes part of your government contract management system but it also expands to your contract management and compliance obligations.
Avoid Debarment and Suspension
Small businesses and large corporations that are new to government contracting will find that complicated rules apply to doing business with the government, including the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and special FAR-agency supplements. Watson & Associates’ federal contract compliance and management attorneys can help you develop internal policies and practices that can avoid debarment and fines for non-compliance.
Comply with Teaming and Subcontracting Limitation Rules
Government contracts regulations change on a daily basis. You are responsible for complying with on all regulations to avoid termination and non-compliance fines. If you are acquiring more federal contracts, risks increase if you are non-compliant. Our government contract management and compliance law firm offers critical advice in FAR Clauses and other mandated requirements. As a contractor, you are responsible for all government contract compliance and avoiding liability for violations.
Get Quality Assurance Contract Management Guidance
Your track record with the federal government is recorded. Your ability to capture future projects with federal agencies depends on how well you perform and comply with the rules. The threshold of success in government contracts starts with your internal practices. Bad practices can lead to project failure and ultimately termination for default. Our law firm frequently handles federal contract terminations and see first-hand the things that can go wrong – most of them could have been prevented. Prime contractors involved in high-risk projects can now outsource their quality assurance and federal contract compliance duties to a government contracting team that has “sat on the other side.” Having over 40 years of combined federal procurement experience makes Watson & Associates a prime asset to:
- Minimize mishaps
- Ensure proper documentation and/or performance
- Correspond and consult with contracting officer representatives
Minimize Adverse Impact To Your Company’s Reputation
Government contracting, although very lucrative, has very complicated rules. For example, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and special FAR agency supplement are often embedded by reference into your existing contract.
- Penalties for wrongdoing, or even for negligent non-compliance, can include fines and imprisonment.
- Failing to implement sound contract management procedures and policies can subject your company to debarment from obtaining Federal contracts for up to three years
Federal Contract Compliance and Management for Both Small and Large Businesses
As a small business or large contractor, you may be considering outsourcing your government contract-management responsibilities. This reduces overhead while maintaining a high-level of compliance and oversight. Our government contract consultants are readily accessible on a daily basis to answer your questions and concerns.
Get reliable advice when you are in an adverse situation. When disputes occur, prime contractors need a skilled legal team to handle complex and high-risk problems. Our government contract attorney division advises and represents clients in matters such as:
- Termination for convenience
- Teaming agreements and joint venture relationships
- SBA and government small business matters
- Bid protests
- False Claims Act
- GSA contract matters
Lawyers Serving Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and Nationwide
Federal contract law allows our government contract compliance lawyers to represent clients regardless of their resident state. Watson & Associates can represent businesses in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Our U.S. firm also helps DOD contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq construction efforts.
Cities in which we offer government contract-compliance and management services include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL.
Call Our Washington or Colorado Attorneys For Immediate Help
To minimize risk and to maintain a sound relationship with federal agencies, contact the federal government contract compliance and management lawyers at Watson & Associates today. Call toll free at 1-866-601-5518 or 202.827-9750 in Washington DC.