Suspension & Debarment Lawyers
The suspension and debarment lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC understand federal procurement regulations and can help respond to cure notices, a notice of proposed debarment, or represent clients facing debarment and suspension of government contractors at hearings.
We help federal employees, small businesses and large government contractors nationwide and overseas.
A company’s or individual’s future with the federal government is at risk when they face suspension or debarment actions. Convincing the Suspension Debarment Official (SDO) that you are a responsible employee or contractor is not as easy as many may think.
At Watson & Associates, LLC, our federal debarment lawyers have decades of experience helping clients overcome adverse suspension debarment decisions by the agency. We have attorneys that have actually worked for the government and have the ability to represent clients nationwide and overseas.
Federal Debarment Lawyer Services
Watson & Associates’ Government Contracts attorneys frequently represent and consult with federal contractors facing federal debarment and suspensions. We help companies to develop sound internal policies and controls, negotiate settlement agreements, and attend hearings on behalf of employees or government contracting firms.
- Respond to agency proposals and recommendations for debarment
- Representation with contract compliance, government investigations or other legal proceedings when individuals are being debarred from government employment
- We help with cooperative agreements and settlement proposals
Federal employee suspension attorneys
Sometimes the government will try to recommend an adverse suspension and or debarment action against federal employees. If you are being debarred from government employment, our law firm has successfully helped federal government employees to get another chance to advance their careers.
National and overseas reach
With law offices in Washington DC and in Denver, Colorado, the law firm is uniquely positioned to represent small businesses throughout the country and US government contractors overseas facing adverse debarment and suspension of government contractors.
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Help for Small Business Government Contracts and Large Businesses
Watson & Associates have also helped defense contractors avoid being debarred. We understand the procurement rules and understand that sometimes agency actions are not fair.
REASONS FOR SUSPENSION OR DEBARMENT
There are many reasons why debarment from government contracts occurs. They include criminal actions such as:
- Criminal or civil fraud, embezzlement, bribery, theft, forgery, false statements, falsifying documents, falsification or destruction of records, tax evasion, violating Federal criminal laws, receiving stolen property, an unfair trade practice.
- Regarding government contracts, you can be placed on the suspension or debarment list for violation of antitrust statutes, a history of failure to perform on government contracts, violation of the rules for maintaining a drug-free work environment.
- Failure to pay or tax delinquency over $3,000
- Failure to disclose instances of criminal law violation
WHAT MUST YOU DO AFTER RECEIVING A SUSPENSION OR DEBARMENT LETTER FROM THE SBA, GSA or AGENCY?
Immediately after receiving notification from the agency, you should first look at the facts to see if there are enough facts to support the notice given. The agency should provide sufficient process and facts.
You have an opportunity to respond and present facts to the SDO as to why you or your company should not be placed on the suspended and debarred list. Watson & Associates federal suspension & SBA debarment lawyers can help you with:
- Responding to the SDO with facts to support your present responsibility
- If feasible, meet with agency or SDO officials to propose better terms and conditions
- Conduct discovery for cases involving suspension and debarment of government contractors
- Write legal briefs and attend hearings
Tip Procurement fraud and criminal allegations that could lead to suspension or debarment from government contracts. Companies must be mindful having two separate cases going on can lead to disastrous results. Do not make the mistake of having an attorney representing you in one case and yet another firm representing you in a criminal case. Evidence in one case can hurt you in the other case.
Tip When responding to notices of suspension or debarment, you should not focus on blame. Although this is an important aspect of your defense, you must also focus on facts showing the SDO why you are a responsible contractor. This is where our SAM debarment and suspension attorneys can help.
Contact Watson’s Federal Debarment Lawyers
FOR IMMEDIATE HELP CALL THE FEDERAL CONTRACTS and SUSPENSION AND DEBARMENT LAWYERS AT WATSON & ASSOCIATES FOR A FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION TOLL-FREE AT 1-866-601-5518.
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