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We are actively engaged in counseling clients on current legislative and regulatory issues that affect government contractors. Driven by the wide array of goods and services our clients sell to federal, state, and local governments, as well as governmental agencies, our lawyers keep abreast of policy initiatives, new legislative bills, and regulatory proposals from the time that they first surface. Developments in e-business and new commercial item legislation are recent examples.

Keeping in Touch

Our lawyers have excellent relationships and contacts with key decision makers in the executive and legislative branches. Several of them have served in senior government positions before joining Crowell & Moring, and they maintain their contacts with key incumbents.

Strategy, Analysis, and Action

Our legislative representations include headline cases, single client matters, and, most often, coalitions of companies or trade associations that share a common concern. The focus of our work is the key congressional committees with jurisdiction over the matter at issue, and our activities include:

  • Drafting critical legislative language
  • Preparing detailed legal analyses or shorter rationales to support or oppose proposed legislation
  • Preparing talking points for lawyers and lobbyists
  • Developing strategic lobbying plans and lobbying members of key committees

Testimony Plus

We help clients prepare for testifying before federal and state legislative committees. We conduct mock hearings during which the witness practices and refines his or her testimony, and firm lawyers pose questions to the witness assuming the demeanor of members of the particular committee. We also prepare "Dear Colleague" letters, floor statements, and op-ed pieces.

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"Costs and Pricing: No Contract is Really Final," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics Webinar (September 23, 2020). Presenters: Nicole Owren-Wiest, Skye Mathieson, and Charles Baek.
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"Data and Patent Rights When Contracting with the U.S. Government," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics Webinar (September 23, 2020). Presenters: Jonathan M. Baker, John E. McCarthy, Jr., Christopher D. Garcia, and M. Yuan Zhou.
Speech/Presentation
"Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping Bans Some Diversity Training, Raises Significant Constitutional and Other Questions for Contractors ," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 23, 2020). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Kris D. Meade, Preston L. Pugh, Rebecca L. Springer, Jillian Ambrose
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Changes, Claims, and Terminations," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics Webinar (September 22, 2020). Presenters: Stephen J. McBrady, Michelle D. Coleman, Alexandra Barbee-Garrett, and John Nakoneczny.
Speech/Presentation
"Small Businesses in Federal Government Contracting," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics Webinar (September 22, 2020). Presenters: Olivia Lynch, Stephanie L. Crawford, and Zachary Schroeder.
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"State and Local Government: Contracting Risks and Opportunities," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics Webinar (September 22, 2020). Presenters: David J. Ginsberg, Mana Elihu Lombardo, and Lyndsay A. Gorton.
Speech/Presentation
Contractors Seek Clearer, Uniform Guidance For Returning to Offices Government Executive (September 22, 2020)
Media Mentions
"The 101 of 101: The Foundations of Government Contracting," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics Webinar (September 21, 2020). Presenters: Lorraine M. Campos, Christian N. Curran, Gabrielle Trujillo, and Payal Nanavati.
Speech/Presentation
"Source Selection and Bid Protests: Pre- and Post-Award Considerations," Government Contracts 101 - Back to Basics Webinar (September 21, 2020). Presenters: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Anuj Vohra, Eric M. Ransom, and Robert J. Sneckenberg.
Speech/Presentation
"Dismissal, Says Who? Recent Seventh and Ninth Circuit Decisions Offer Competing Views on DOJ’s Dismissal Authority under the False Claims Act, But Congress May Have the Last Word," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 18, 2020). Contacts: Brian Tully McLaughlin, Jacinta Alves, Preston L. Pugh, Lyndsay A. Gorton, Sean K. Griffin
Client Alert/Newsletter

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