Federal Government Contracts Compliance: Latest Developments

Navigating Evolving FAR Requirements and Other Complex Regulations

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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This CLE course will provide guidance for counsel to companies pursuing or engaged in government contracts on the complex rules and requirements for government contracting. The panel will offer best practices for developing internal controls to ensure and monitor contract compliance.


As a result of the economic downturn, companies that have not previously pursued business opportunities with the federal government are increasingly submitting bids for government contracts. Law firms are responding to this upsurge by expanding their government contract practices.

Contracting with the federal government involves complicated and evolving rules including ethics and mandatory disclosure requirements. Intentional or negligent non-compliance with federal regulations can lead to fines and imprisonment and debarment from obtaining contracts for up to three years.

Counsel advising companies pursuing or engaged in government contracts must thoroughly grasp the complex rules governing the contracting relationship to guide the development of internal controls that ensure and monitor contract compliance.

Listen as our panel of government contracts attorneys discusses recent developments in the government contracting space, explains the unique requirements and legal risks of conducting business with the government, and provides best practices for ensuring contract compliance and mitigating risk.



  1. Recent developments
    1. FAR requirements for business ethics, compliance programs and mandatory disclosure
    2. ARRA requirements for stimulus recipients and contractors
    3. Pending congressional initiatives
  2. Key considerations when entering government contracts
    1. Types of contracts
    2. Bid and proposal requirements
  3. Best practices for contract compliance
    1. Scope of contract
    2. Modifications, changes, equitable adjustments
    3. Terminations
    4. Resolving contract disputes


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What is driving the increase in companies' pursuit of federal government contracting opportunities?
  • How have the mandatory disclosure rules implemented in December 2008 and the stimulus package disclosure requirements impacted the business practices of government contractors and their counsel?
  • What are the unique legal risks of conducting business with the federal government — and how can they be mitigated?
  • How can government contractors and their counsel ensure compliance with the various relevant regulatory requirements?


Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan
Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan

Crowell & Moring

Her practice involves a mix of litigation and day-to-day counseling for corporate clients of all sizes and levels of...  |  Read More

Angela B. Styles
Angela B. Styles

Crowell & Moring

Ms. Styles concentrates on government contracts counseling and litigation, including procurement ethics and...  |  Read More

Rand L. Allen
Rand L. Allen

Wiley Rein

He represents clients, ranging from “middle market IT” and professional services firms to the nation's...  |  Read More

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