Suspension and Debarment Lawyers
The suspension and debarment lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC understand federal procurement regulations and can help you push back when the agency recommend suspension or debarment.
We help individuals, small businesses and large government contractors nationwide and overseas.
A company’s or individuals future with the federal government is a risk when they face suspension or debarment actions. Convincing the Suspension Debarment Official (SDO) that you are a responsible person 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 decisions by the agency. We have attorneys that have actually worked for the government. We understand the rules of engagement.
Federal employee suspension attorneys
Sometimes the government will try to recommend an adverse action against employees. Our law firm has successfully help federal government employments 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 to comply with FAR internal compliance program and statutory mandatory disclosure requirements (Ethics Advice & Compliance Audits and Plans).
We have a successfully represented government contractors and federal employees.
We help you to provide adequate responses to show cause notices, cure notices and responses to either suspension or debarment actions. We help to also prepare for hearings and conduct necessary discovery. If you are debarred from government employment, give our law firm a call right away.
Help for small businesses and large contractors
Watson & Associates have also helped defense contractors avoid being debarred. We understand the procurement rules and understand that sometimes agency actions are not fair.
WHAT WE DO
Watson & Associates’ federal 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.
- Our federal debarment lawyers represent large contractors, small businesses, and individuals
- We have decades of experience working for various government contracting agencies and understand the substantive rules
- Our government contract suspension and debarment lawyers understand what Suspension Debarment Officials (SDOs) look for to make their final decisions
- Respond to agency proposals for debarment
- Representation with investigation or legal proceedings
- We help with cooperative agreements and settlement proposals
REASONS FOR SUSPENSION OR DEBARMENT FROM GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
There are many reasons why debarment from government contracts occur. 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
The above are but a few reasons for debarment and suspension of government contractors. However, the contracting officer may support the decision to suspend or debar a company based on unique facts that can merit your failure to maintain present responsibility.
WHAT MUST YOU DO AFTER RECEIVING A SUSPENSION OR DEBARMENT FROM GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS 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 debarment and suspension 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 Suspension and 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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