Suspension and Debarment Lawyers
Federal contractors must maintain their status to continue doing business with the government. It is important to know that the contracting officer will not award a contract to a firm that is not “responsible.” If your company is referred to be placed on the suspended and debarred list, it can severely impact your chances of an award.
At Watson & Associates, LLC, our suspension and debarment lawyers have decades of experience helping clients overcome adverse decisions by the agency. Our goal is to put the individual or company back on track and helping them to develop the proper internal policies and controls to minimize future federal debarment or suspension actions.
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).
Each company has responsibilities. Our suspension and debarment lawyers help you to meet those internal responsibilities to include internal policing and complying with mandatory disclosure rules.
WHAT WE DO
Watson & Associates’ federal Government Contracts attorneys frequently represent and consult with federal contractors facing 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.
- We represent large contractors, small businesses, and individuals
- We have decades of experience working for various government contracting agencies and understand the substantive rules
- Our suspension and debarment lawyers understand what Suspension and Debarment Officials (SDOs) look for to make their final decisions
As government contracts and debarment lawyers, the law firm also assists clients to respond to show-cause notices, meet with agency officials to negotiate a better outcome and conduct internal investigations in order to avoid adverse actions.
REASONS FOR SUSPENSION OR DEBARMENT
There are many reasons why suspension and debarment of government contractors 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 and 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. 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 LETTER FROM THE 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 suspension and debarment attorneys 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
- Write legal briefs and attend hearings
Tip Procurement fraud and criminal allegations that could lead to debarment or suspension. 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 federal debarment and suspension attorneys can help.
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