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Cherie J. Owen

Senior Counsel


Cherie Owen is a senior counsel in the Government Contracts group. Cherie counsels and represents clients in a wide array of government contracts issues, with a focus on bid protests at the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the United States Court of Federal Claims. As a former GAO bid protest hearing officer, she resolved some of the most challenging bid protests on procurements ranging from thousands to billions of dollars involving solicitation challenges, proposal evaluation challenges, organizational conflicts of interest, Procurement Integrity Act violations, affirmative responsibility determinations, the conduct of discussions, and competitive range determinations. In this role, Cherie held numerous bid protest hearings. At GAO she handled more than 600 protests and issued more than 500 decisions.

After serving for several years as a GAO bid protest hearing officer, Cherie was promoted to the position of Deputy Assistant Counsel for Procurement Law and eventually Acting Assistant General Counsel for Procurement Law. In this role, she supervised a team of GAO bid protest hearing officers. Cherie also served as a judge on the GAO Contract Appeals Board, where she resolved appeals of contracting officers’ final decisions regarding contract claims for legislative branch agencies.

Cherie is a thought leader on topics relating to bid protests and agencies’ use of their Other Transaction Authority (OTA) and holds several leadership roles in the ABA Public Contract Law Section and maintains an active pro bono practice.

Government Experience

  • United States Government Accountability Office, Office of General Counsel (2004-2016):
    • Acting Assistant General Counsel, Procurement Law (2016)
    • Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Procurement Law (2015-2016)
    • Judge, GAO Contract Appeals Board (2013-2016)
    • Senior Attorney, Procurement Law (2008-2015)
    • Staff Attorney, Legal Services Division (2004-2008)

Education

  • Edinboro University, B.A. (2001) summa cum laude
  • Pennsylvania State University, J.D. (2004) summa cum laude, Woolsack Honor Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Penn State International Law Review

Affiliations

Admissions

Admitted to practice: Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Law360 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board (2017, 2019)
  • Co-Chair, ABA PCLS Bid Protest Committee (2016-2019) & Diversity Committee (2015-2018)
  • Board of Governors, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association (2015-2018)

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"Procurement Collusion Strike Force Nabs Another Military Contractor in Bid Rigging Scheme," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 27, 2022). Contacts: Stephen M. Byers, Alexis Victoria DeBernardis, Lyndsay A. Gorton, Agustin D. Orozco, Cherie J. Owen
Client Alert / Newsletter
"GAO Finds Key Person “Unavailable” Despite Still Being Employed on Date of Award," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 17, 2022). Contacts: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Anuj Vohra, Robert J. Sneckenberg, Cherie J. Owen
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Email Exchange Constitutes “Timely, Formal Challenge” for Purposes of Avoiding Blue & Gold Waiver Rule," Government Contracts Bullet Points (May 20, 2022). Contacts: Anuj Vohra, Robert J. Sneckenberg, Cherie J. Owen, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
When Agencies Should Settle For Less: Brand Name Bid Protests Bloomberg Law (May 9, 2022)
Press Coverage
"DLA Issues Request for Information on Weapons Systems or Commercial Capabilities for Ukraine Security Assistance," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 29, 2022). Contacts: Robert J. Sneckenberg, Cherie J. Owen
Client Alert / Newsletter
"All Things Protest: COFC Rejects GAO’s Key Personnel Notification Rule," Podcast: All Things Protest (March 29, 2022). Contacts: Robert J. Sneckenberg, Christian N. Curran, Anuj Vohra, Cherie J. Owen
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Filing a Timely Protest is Half the Battelle," Government Contracts Bullet Points (March 24, 2022). Contacts: Anuj Vohra, Cherie J. Owen, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Grants and Infrastructure Webinar," Crowell & Moring Webinar. (March 1, 2022). Speakers: Lorraine M. Campos, Cherie J. Owen, and Erin Rankin.
Speech/Presentation
"Letter To Agency About Solicitation Requirement Creates Pre-Award Timeliness Trap," Westlaw (February 24, 2022). Authors: Robert J. Sneckenberg, Christian N. Curran, Rina M. Gashaw, Cherie J. Owen.
Publication
"Letter to Agency About Solicitation Requirement Creates Pre-Award Timeliness Trap," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 8, 2022). Contacts: Robert J. Sneckenberg, Christian N. Curran, Cherie J. Owen, Rina M. Gashaw
Client Alert / Newsletter

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