BLOG TITLE GOES HERE http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/blog.php recent posts en-us Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:50:45 -0600 Armani Vadiee Moderating Panel on Other Transaction Authority Procurements at the ABA Section of Public Contract Law Federal Procurement Institute http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38137 Armani Vadiee Moderating Panel on Other Transaction Authority Procurements at the ABA Section of Public Contract Law Federal Procurement Institute: "Contracting for Innovation: Leveraging Alternative Procurement Vehicles to Deliver Capability at the Speed of Relevance,” at the ABA Section of Public Contract Law 26th Annual Federal Procurement Institute (FPI) on March 13, 2020, in Annapolis, MD. 

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2020-02-20 09:16:48 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38137
Smith Pachter McWhorter False Claims Act Practice Guide: 2020 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38089 Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is pleased to present the 2020 edition of its False Claims Act Practice Guide. This Guide is intended to serve as a practical reference tool, providing general guidance about False Claims Act (“FCA”) legal standards, required elements of proof, common issues that give rise to FCA liability, and recent legal and enforcement developments.

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2020-02-11 14:33:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38089
John Pachter to Present at Transatlantic Conference on Public Contract Administration http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37985 John S. Pachter will be a panelist at the Transatlantic Conference on Public Contract Administration on March 18, 2020, at the University of Warsaw. Mr. Pachter’s panel will discuss effective contract dispute resolution systems (including ADR methods) in advancing innovative and environmentally sustainable procurement.

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2020-01-31 12:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37985
John Pachter to Present at the King’s College London – GWU Law School Annual Transatlantic Symposium on Public Procurement Law http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37986 John S. Pachter will present as a panelist at the King’s College, London – George Washington University Law School Annual Transatlantic Symposium on Public Procurement Law on March 16, 2020, at King’s College in London. The conference will focus on “Conflicts in Public Contract Administration:  Shared Lessons.” Mr. Pachter will be speaking on a panel entitled, the “U.S. Experience:  Linking Contract Award to Performance Through Standardized Clauses and Dispute Resolution — and Fraud.”

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2020-01-29 14:24:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37986
Stephen D. Knight Moderating Judges Panel at FEI Conference on Government Business http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37826 Smith Pachter McWhorter attorney Stephen D. Knight will moderate a judges panel on “The Legality of Cost and Audit,” at the Financial Executives International (FEI) Conference on Government Business on February 4, 2020, at the District of Columbia Bar in Washington, D.C.

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2020-01-13 13:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37826
John Pachter Presents on Most Important Government Contract Decisions of the Year at ABA Public Contract Law Section Panel http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37827 John S. Pachter will be presenting as a panelist at the ABA Public Contract Law Section - Contract Claims & Disputes Resolution Committee Annual Meeting on the Most Important Government Contract Decisions of the Year on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

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2020-01-08 12:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37827
Ashley Amen and Daniel Ramish to Present on Prime-Subcontractor Disputes at ABA Public Contract Law Section Meeting http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37667 Ashley Barbera Amen and Daniel Ramish will present on the topic of Prime-Subcontractor Disputes: How to Avoid Them, and How to Resolve Them, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C., at a panel hosted by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Contract Claims and Dispute Resolution and Subcontracting, Teaming, and Strategic Alliances Committees. 

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2019-12-09 12:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37667
Update Regarding DOJ’s FCPA Priorities http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37641 Keeping abreast of developments in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) arena, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC attorneys have been presenting at and attending ACI’s International Conference on the FCPA, which is took place this week near Washington, D.C.  Notably, one of the keynote speakers was Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, who leads the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.  Benczkowski spoke and then responded to a question-and-answer session.  The substance of Benczkowski’s remarks are published on DOJ’s website.  Several comments are notable for our clients and potential clients.

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2019-12-06 10:49:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37641
Six Smith Pachter Attorneys Listed in Who’s Who Legal 2019 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37887 Six Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC members were selected for the 2019 Who's Who Legal list in the areas of Construction, Government Contracts, and Mediation.

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2019-12-05 10:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37887
Legal Developments Alert: SBA OHA Holds Three-Year Period for Calculating Receipts Continues to Apply http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37508 The Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 ("Runway Act") extended the period for calculating a business' receipts to determine size status from three years to five years.  Although the legislation became law in December 2018, the Small Business Administration ("SBA") did not issue proposed regulations adopting the new standard for notice and comment until June 24, 2019 and has not issued a final rule as of this date.  In the interim, SBA maintains that the five-year period established by the Runway Act is not binding until a final rule goes into effect.  The inconsistency between the Runway Act and regulations left contractors in doubt as to the proper period for calculating receipts in determining their size status.  Some clarity came in a decision last month by SBA's Office of Hearings and Appeals ("OHA") in Cypher Analytics, Inc. dba Crown Point Systems, SBA No. SIZ-6022 (2019).

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2019-11-07 14:20:13 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37508
Legal Developments Alert: DOJ Launches Procurement Collusion Strike Force (“PCSF”) to Investigate and Prosecute Antitrust Crimes in Government Contracting http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37506 On November 5, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new Procurement Collusion Strike Force, to be called “PCSF,” for the purpose of investigating collusion and anti-competitive conduct involving government procurement, grant, and program funding. The PCSF will be focused on antitrust crimes including bid-rigging agreements and other fraudulent conspiracies.  We understand that the strike force will train and educate federal, state, and local procurement officials as well as auditors and investigators across the country to recognize anti-competitive or collusive behavior in government funding processes. The officials will also be trained to identify and report potential concerns in the process of awarding contracts and grants. In addition, prosecutors and investigators from the various agencies will work together to investigate and prosecute cases that result from these targeted outreach efforts.

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2019-11-07 12:42:28 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37506
SPM Attorneys to Conduct a CLE Webinar on Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) Issues http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37403 On November 12, 2019, Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys Jonathan D. Shaffer and Todd M. Garland will present a webinar on organizational conflicts of interest (“OCIs”).

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2019-10-24 07:13:51 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37403
DOD Releases Rule Significantly Limiting LPTA Procurements http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37153 LEGAL ALERT: On September 26, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) published a Final Rule limiting the use of lowest-price technically-acceptable ("LPTA") source selections for DOD procurements.  

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2019-09-27 07:04:09 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37153
SPM Attorneys to Present a CLE on a Recent Supreme Court Decision Involving the Freedom of Information Act, Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37127 On October 1, 2019, Thompson Reuters’ West LegalEd Center will broadcast a webinar featuring Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys Edmund M. Amorosi and Daniel H. Ramish in which they will discuss an important Supreme Court decision affecting government contractors

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2019-09-23 08:21:13 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37127
Richard F. Smith Named 2020 Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38045 Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is proud to announce that Richard F. Smith was named 2020 Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Smith was also selected for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Edition for his work in Arbitration, Mediation and Construction Law.

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2019-09-20 14:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38045
Val S. McWhorter Named 2020 Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37977 Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is proud to announce that Val S. McWhorter was named 2020 Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in Washington, D.C.  Mr. McWhorter was also selected for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Edition for his work in Arbitration, Mediation and Construction Law.

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2019-09-20 13:48:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37977
Article Focuses on Suspension and Debarment Rules in Virginia Public Procurement http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37107 The Virginia Bar Journal recently published an article on suspension and debarment in Virginia public procurement by Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys Edmund M. Amorosi and Daniel H. Ramish.

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2019-09-18 08:59:25 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37107
Course on Government Contract Claims http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37038 On October 22-23, 2019, Smith Pachter McWhorter attorney Edmund M. Amorosi will teach a course entitled, "Preparing and Defending Government Contract Claims" hosted by Federal Publications Seminars, Inc. in the Washington, D.C. area. 

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2019-09-04 09:47:46 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37038
Legal Developments Alert: Temporary General License for Export to Huawei Extended, with More Restrictions Introduced http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37017 On August 19, 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a Final Rule (the “August TGL”) extending the Temporary General License (TGL) it previously granted to Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) and 68 of its affiliates in May 2019 (the “May TGL”).  Besides extending the TGL by another ninety (90) days up to November 18, 2019, the BIS added numerous changes and clarifications that in effect further narrowed the already narrow scope of permissible transactions.  Furthermore, the BIS changed the certification requirements by requiring Huawei to provide certification statements vouching and demonstrating compliance with the TGL.  The burden to prepare those statements had previously been on the exporters/re-exporters/transferors.  Finally, the BIS concurrently issued another final rule adding an additional forty-six (46) Huawei affiliates to the Entity List, making the total number of listed Huawei entities 115.

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2019-08-28 10:48:54 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37017
Smith Pachter Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers® List http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37742 Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is pleased to announce that seven attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Edition. Lawyers are selected for inclusion based on an exhaustive peer-review process. In addition, Val S. McWhorter was named 2020 Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in Washington, D.C. 

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2019-08-15 00:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=37742
Government Contracting Small Business Trends: Business Issues, Protests and Appeals http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36890 On September 10, 2019, Smith Pachter McWhorter attorney Jonathan Shaffer will present a panel/webinar on federal small business contracting issues at the District of Columbia Bar.

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2019-08-08 12:37:30 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36890
Elizabeth N. Jochum has Joined Smith Pachter McWhorter as a Member of its Government Contracts Group and Haris Hadzimuratovic and Jacob Bolinger Have Joined the Firm as Associate Attorneys http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36728 NEW ATTORNEY ANNOUNCEMENT: Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is pleased to announce that experienced government contracts attorney Elizabeth N. Jochum has joined the firm as a partner.  Ms. Jochum augments the firm’s existing capabilities, adding extensive experience in bid protests and other government contracts litigation, as well as government contracts-related investigations and white collar defense.

Smith Pachter McWhorter is also pleased to announce the addition of two associate attorneys: Haris Hadzimuratovic and Jacob Bolinger. 

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2019-07-16 09:36:43 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36728
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes 7 Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC lawyers and lists practice area groups as leaders in their field in its 2019 edition. http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36721 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes 7 Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC lawyers and lists practice area groups as leaders in their field in its 2019 edition.

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2019-07-11 10:22:26 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36721
Legal Developments Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Enhances Protections for Confidential and Proprietary Information under FOIA http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36668 In 1974, the D.C. Circuit adopted a standard requiring a party to show that "substantial competitive harm" would result if records a party submitted to the government were released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)."  In an important case decided on June 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 6-3 vote, discarded the substantial competitive harm test, holding that "where commercial or financial information is both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner and provided to the government under an assurance of privacy, the information is 'confidential' within Exemption 4's meaning."  

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2019-07-03 09:44:50 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36668
Iris Bennett Speaking at NACDL 2019 West Coast White Collar Conference http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36546 White Collar Partner Iris Bennett is scheduled to speak at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2019 West Coast White Collar Conference on June 20, 2019, in Santa Monica, CA. 

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2019-06-14 09:59:42 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=36546