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Olivia Lynch

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Washington, DC 20004-2595

Olivia L. Lynch is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. Olivia advises government contractors on navigating the procurement process, compliance and ethics, commercial item contracting, accessibility, supply chain assurance, and various aspects of state and local procurement law. Olivia has also counseled clients regarding mandatory disclosure obligations and related regulatory reporting processes. In the transactional context, Olivia has performed government contracts diligence for government contractors in a range of industries.

Olivia counsels large and small businesses on all manner of small business government contracting issues. She counsels large businesses on drafting and compliance with small business subcontracting plans as well as subcontracting to small businesses generally. She also advises on affiliation, limitations on subcontracting, participation in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program and mentor-protégé programs, and teaming and joint venture agreements. Olivia has filed and responded to size protests as well as litigated size appeals before the SBA's Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA).

Representative cases before OHA include:

  • Successfully defeated size appeal arguing that the awardee, a subsidiary to an Alaska Native Owned Corporation, was large based on affiliation with one of its sister entities, which the protester argued was an ostensible subcontractor. Size Appeal of Synergy Solutions, Inc.,SBA SIZ-5843 (2017).
  • Successfully argued before OHA to overturn the dismissal of a size protest based on lack of standing. Size Appeal of TMC Global Professional Services, SBA SIZ-5792 (2016).  

Olivia has an active bid protest docket and has been involved in agency-level protests as well as bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA). She has represented both protesters and contract awardees in protests concerning such topics as pre-award protests of RFP terms, challenges to the cancellation of procurements, protests of sole source awards, protests of exclusions from the competitive range, and post-award challenges. She has successfully negotiated cost claim reimbursements for successful protesters as well as won recommendations for reimbursement of protest costs where the agency took corrective action prior to GAO reaching a decision.

Some of Olivia's recent representative protests include:

  • Obtained a recommendation that the agency reimburse a protester for costs of filing and pursuing a protest challenging the agency's implementation of corrective action where the agency unduly delayed taking corrective action in response to a meritorious challenge that the Department of the Army failed to evaluate proposals using a common baseline. TRAX International Corporation—Costs, B-410441.8, Aug. 17, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 226.
  • Successfully challenged offeror's exclusion from the competitive range for the Department of Justice's investigative support services for the asset forfeiture program. Arctic Slope Mission Services, LLC, B-410992.5, B-410992.6, Jan. 8, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 39.
  • Won protest of a sole-source award by the U.S. Forest Service for firefighting airtanker services where the sole-source resulted from a settlement agreement in exchange for the awardee's withdrawal of an earlier protest. Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc., et al., B-409356.2, et al., Mar. 31, 2014, 2014 CPD ¶ 106. 
  • Successful protest of the award for the technology development phase of the Navy's next generation jammer program. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., B-408565, et al, Nov. 13, 2013, 2013 CPD ¶ 278. 
  • Won protest of $8 billion Defense Logistics Agency contract for the supply and distribution of subsistence products to locations within Afghanistan. Supreme Foodservice GmbH, B-405400.3, et al., Oct. 11, 2012, 2012 CPD ¶ 292. 

Some of Olivia's recent representations on behalf of contract awardees and offerors retained in the competitive range include:

  • Successfully defended an award by the Social Security Administration for support services for the agency’s folder storage operation at the National Records Center against two challenges before GAO. Eagle Eye Electric, LLC, B-415562, B-415562.3, Jan. 18, 2018, 2018 CPD ¶ 33; Dextera Corporation, B-415562.2, B-415562.4, Feb 5, 2018, 2018 CPD ¶ 66. Successfully defended the same award before the Court of Federal Claims. Eagle Eye Electric, LLC v. United States, No. 18-173C (Fed. Cl. May 31, 2018).
  • Successfully defended a $300 million award by Customs and Border Protection for data center support services from multiple organizational conflict of interest challenges. IBM Corporation, B-415575, Jan. 19, 2018, 2018 CPD ¶ 61. 
  • Successfully argued for the dismissal of the entirety of a protest before GAO of an award for base operation and support for certain Marine Corps facilities on the basis of lack of interested party status.
  • Successfully defended a $185 million award by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the provision of various information technology services for the John F. Kennedy Space Center. AbacusSecure, LLC, B-415175, B-415175.2, B-415175.3, B-415175.4, Dec. 6, 2017, 2017 CPD ¶ 375.
  • Successfully defended an 8(a) sole source award by the Defense Intelligence Agency for approximately $20 million for facility support services from a challenge that the Small Business Administration improperly accepted the requirement into the 8(a) program. SKC, LLC, B-415151, Nov. 20, 2017, 2017 CPD ¶ 366.
  • Successfully defended an award by the National Nuclear Security Administration for services in support of the Office of Personnel and Facility Clearances at Kirtland Air Force Base from challenges to the agency’s evaluation under the cost and non-cost factors as well as to the conduct of discussions. Synergy Solutions, Inc., B-413974.3, June 15, 2017, 2017 CPD ¶ 332.
  • Successfully defended protest of award by the Department of the Air Force following corrective action upholding award of a 10-year, $200 million contract for aerospace systems technical research and operations services (ASTROS) at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Jacobs Technology, Inc., B-413389.3, B-413389.4, Jul. 21, 2017, 2017 CPD ¶ 244.
  • Successfully defended FirstNet's decision to exclude an offeror from the competitive range for a multi-billion dollar 25-year contract to build-out, deploy and operate a nationwide public safety broadband network whose implementation is a critical public safety recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. Rivada Mercury, LLC v. United States, 131 Fed. Cl. 663 (2017).
  • Successfully defended the award of a $285 million task order issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs for help desk services. Systems Made Simple, Inc., B-412948.2, Jul. 20, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 207.
  • Successfully defended National Aeronautics and Space Administration's $200 million award for software engineering services. Systems Engineering Partners, LLC, B-412329, et al., Jan. 20, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 31.
  • Successfully defended the FAA's award of an $81 million contract to modernize information systems throughout the National Airspace System. Exelis, Inc., 15-ODRA-00727 (2015)
  • Successfully defended Customs and Border Protection's $200 million award for software application development, modernization, enhancement, and operations and maintenance services for CBP's Passenger Systems Program Directorate. Bart & Associates, Inc., B-407996.5, et al., Jan. 5, 2015, 2015 CPD ¶ 61.
  • Successfully defended award of contract for test support services for the U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, Texas. Research Analysis & Maintenance, Inc., B-410570.6, et al., Jul. 22, 2015, 2015 CPD ¶ 239.
  • Successfully defended award of task order issued by the Missile Defense Agency for advisory and assistance services. APT Research, Inc., B-409780, Aug. 8, 2014, 2014 CPD ¶ 259.

Olivia also advises contractors on the federal Freedom of Information Act as well as state-level sunshine laws. She has represented contractors in numerous reverse-FOIA actions at the federal and state levels. 

During law school, Olivia interned for the Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 

In her pro bono practice, Olivia works with legal service organizations dedicated to representing individuals that have suffered domestic and sexual violence. In 2015, Olivia received the Firm Voice Award from the Network for Victim Recovery of DC.


  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S. international economics (2008) magna cum laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (2011) cum laude


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

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"Post-Award Bid Protests: Eyeing Current and Future Issues," United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia," OOPS 20/20 - Setting Your Sights (October 21, 2020). Presenters: Daniel R. Forman, Anuj Vohra, Olivia Lynch, and Robert J. Sneckenberg.
"PPP Borrowers May Require SBA Consent or Escrowing of PPP Loan Balance in Connection with "Change of Ownership" Transactions," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 8, 2020). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, Stephanie Marcantonio, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Paul J. Pollock, Olivia Lynch
Client Alert / Newsletter
"All Things Protest: Fiscal Year Focus Areas (September 2020)," Podcast: All Things Protest (September 29, 2020). Contacts: Christian N. Curran, Olivia Lynch, Robert J. Sneckenberg
Client Alert / Newsletter
"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.
"All Things Protest: Not So Fast – Limitations to Removing Requirements from SBA’s 8(a) Program (August 2020)," Podcast: All Things Protest (August 31, 2020). Contacts: Christian N. Curran, Olivia Lynch
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"SBA Issues PPP Loan Forgiveness FAQ, Providing Further Guidance," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 13, 2020). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, Stephanie Marcantonio, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Paul J. Pollock, Olivia Lynch
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"Funds Today, Investigation Tomorrow: SBA OIG Warns of Serious Concerns of Rampant Fraud with COVID-19 Relief Funds and Calls for Immediate Action," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 4, 2020). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Preston L. Pugh, Lyndsay A. Gorton, Olivia Lynch
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"The SBA Discloses Recipient Identity and Other Information for PPP Loans of $150,000 and Above," Government Contracts Bullet Points (July 7, 2020). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, Stephanie Marcantonio, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Paul J. Pollock, Olivia Lynch
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"SBA and Treasury Release New Forgiveness Applications and Revise Interim Final Rules to Conform to New PPP Flexibility Act Requirements," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 19, 2020). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, Stephanie Marcantonio, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Paul J. Pollock, Olivia Lynch
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"New Interim Final Rule Clarifies Key Changes in Paycheck Protection Program," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 12, 2020). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, Stephanie Marcantonio, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Paul J. Pollock, Olivia Lynch
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