Avoid Costly Mistakes With Government Contractor Teaming Agreements & Teaming Arrangements

Nationwide help with contractor teaming agreements, joint ventures and the various forms of teaming arrangments. We are Government Contract Small Business Lawyers helping you to avoid affiliation under SBA rules and ultimately getting your contract taken away. 

government contractor teaming agreement lawyerSmall businesses understand the basics about using the teaming agreement when bidding for a federal government contract. However, problems occur when one of the parties allegedly does not comply with the teaming contract or puts the other party at risk during the bidding stage Having the right joint venture and teaming agreements lawyer in place can save tens of thousands in unnecessary litigation. 

  • Get templates that can apply to your specific capability
  • Compare the teaming contract  contents to SBA affiliation rules
  • Avoid generic contractor agreements – KNOW that your teaming agreement BY ITSELF may not be enforceable in Court.
  • Despite the similarly situated small business rule, get a review for a potential size protest.

Instead of just drafting generic contract teaming agreements for your upcoming government contract,  your competition will try to file a small business size protest and attack your team arrangement with your potential subcontractor.

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Government Contractor Teaming Agreement Consulting Services

When you are awarded the prime contract, or even during the bidding stages, our government contract joint ventures and teaming agreements lawyers can help you with:

  • Pre teaming agreement consulting and due diligence
  • Avoiding improper use of exclusive teaming agreements over a long period of time
  • Minimizing the chance of forfeiting an awarded contract because of a size protest
  • Drafting of contractor team arrangements and review of federal independent contractor forms
  • Addressing disputes about teaming agreement workshare language
  • Complying with federal government subcontractor contract law under FAR 9.601 
  • Avoiding limitation on subcontracting violations between teaming members
  • SDVOSB teaming arrangements
  • Legal advice on new SBA affiliation rules 13 CFR 121.103 when to use a teaming contract and execution of legal partnership contracts
  • Some prime and subcontractor teaming arrangement CTA and joint venture agreement disputes
  • Small Business Size protest litigation and appeals to SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA OHA)

In Government Procurement What is a Teaming Agreement?

teaming agreement in federal contracting involves two or more companies that pool their resources to bid on a government contract. Small businesses want to avoid executing a teaming contract with large businesses. This causes serious problems with SBA affiliation rules. The teaming relationship under procurement laws actually forms a  traditional prime and subcontractor relationship.  Government teaming contracts should be written for a specific contract and small businesses should avoid drafting general templates and using the agreement for multiple contracts.

Over 30 years of total experience in federal government contracting

Watson & Associates’ government contract law attorneys and consultants help small businesses and large DOD contractors nationwide to navigate around the regulator landmines of contractor teaming agreements. If you are bidding on a federal government contract and are contemplating using a contractor teaming arrangement, then our procurement team can help you to understand the difference with your subcontract requirements.

For example, we help you to focus on avoiding affiliation under SBA small business regulations (causing you to lose the awarded contract), drafting the appropriate teaming agreement workshare language, prime contractor agreements with similarly situated small businesses and subcontractor agreements that comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

Teaming Agreement Pros and Cons 

Understand  Government contractor teaming agreement pros and cons

Many small businesses use the terms teaming agreements and joint ventures in the same breath. However, you will now know they each mean something different when using a federal government contract. Depending on the specific contract in question ( services vs construction), using a contractor teaming arrangement has its pros and cons.

Pros of Contractor Teaming Arrangements ( CTA)

  • When deciding your approach to bidding on a federal government contract, your company can reach larger contracts if you utilize a contractor teaming arrangement (CTA) correctly.
  • If you have a similarly situated company as your teaming partner, you may be able to get some legal benefit when it comes to the limitations on subcontracting laws.

Cons of Small Business Teaming Arrangements

  • Your teaming agreement, by itself, may not be an enforceable contract.
  • (Differences between teaming contracts and joint ventures) The teaming contract has legal penalties and violations can originate from 13 CFR 121.103 but joint venture regulations stem from 13 CFR 124.513. Contractor teaming arrangements should primarily be used when there is a traditional prime sub relationship but you want to also use the teaming partner’s experience to improve your chances of winning the contract (you want to also be aware of the Ostensible Subcontractor Rule.

When using a contractor team contract to gain larger contracts, one of the cons is that you should pay specific attention to make sure that you are not put in a position where you could not have received the contract but for the teaming partner.

  • A teaming agreement still has the tradition prime and subcontractor relationship.
  • The prime contractor and subcontractor must negotiate in good faith
  • Understand that when utilizing government contracts for small businesses, you cannot generally use populated joint ventures.

Joint ventures are looked at as one unit for the same of bidding on government contracts. Small businesses should be also mindful that according to the SBA’s own rules, a joint venture does not have to be a separate legal entity. This is clear in the Federal Register in 2016.

  • The difference between a teaming arrangement for federal government contracts and a joint venture also captures the distinction of the joint venture being able to merge into mentor protégé relationships where a contractor team arrangement is not designed to.

How Enforceable is Your CTA Teaming Agreement in Court?

Teaming agreement vs subcontract Impacts

Small businesses that contract with the government often find put that the teaming contract may not serve as a valid contract to enforce rights between the parties. In the case of CGI Fed’l Inc. v. FCi Federal, Inc., No. 170617 (Va. June 7, 2018),  the Virginia Supreme Court decision highlighted the problems that small contractors face when trying to enforce teaming agreements. The problem is that your contractor agreement is simply an agreement to agree should the contract be awarded.

  • The are other documents you should have in place beside the mere teaming contract
  • Teaming agreements are primarily used at the bidding and evaluation stages

Contractor Teaming Agreement Workshare Language 

Knowing when to use a teaming agreement also means knowing what level of work to pass on to the subcontractor /teaming partner. For example, your CTA teaming agreement workshare language cannot violate the limitations on subcontracting regulations.

If you are drafting a federal government subcontract, your first goal should be to avoid affiliation and the Ostensible Subcontractor Rule at all costs. They both can be the kiss of death to losing millions of dollars in government contracts. 

  • Avoid mistakes with workshare issues when there is no similarly situated small business
  • Understand that although your company may be a valid subcontractor under the rules that there can be still a violation of the Ostensible Contractor Rule.

In a CTA arrangement which party has privity of contract with the government?

CTA arrangements have their pros and cons. One of the cons is that sometimes the parties do not understand the privity of contract rule and who has privacy with the government. The short answer is whoever, the awarded party to the prime contract is, then this party has privity with the government.

Contractor teaming arrangement vs teaming agreement

There is not much of a difference between a contractor teaming arrangement and a teaming agreement. One can look at this as the teaming arrangement looks at the day to day interaction between the prime and subcontractor. The teaming agreement, on the other hand, is the legal document that governs the relationship.

SDVOSB Teaming Arrangements

FAR 9.601 uses the team “team arrangement” as a description of various teamign relationships to include, joint venture relationships where the two companies merge together and act as one prime contractor (retain their separate identities); a teaming agreement where one company acts as the prime contractors and the other agrees to become the subcontractor under specific federal contract or contracting program. If you are a service-disabled veteran, you can also enter into a SDVOSB teaming arrangement when bidding on a government contract. You want to identify the teaming / subcontractor in your proposal. You also want to take advantage of using the subcontractor’s past performance unless the solicitation states otherwise. By utilizing SDVOSB teaming arrangements, you can complement each others’ resources  while performing the contract. However, you want to be still mindful of the limitations on subcontracting rules and SBA affiliation regulations.

Help with Pre-Teaming Agreement Due Diligence

If you are contemplating doing business with the government or using a teaming partner to submit a federal bid, you want to conduct your due diligence of your potential teaming partner. Failure to properly conduct your pre-teaming agreement investigations can potentially lead to criminal consequences later in the performance stage or eve a termination for default.

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Call Our Contractor Teaming Agreement Lawyers

For help assessing the award of a subcontract with your contractor teaming agreements for government contracts (CTA) structure, teaming agreement pros and cons, joint venture agreements, or compliance with federal subcontractor regulations, call Watson’s government small business contract attorneys or call 1-866-601-5518 for a FREE Initial Consultation.