BLOG TITLE GOES HERE http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/blog.php recent posts en-us Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:30:47 -0500 Daniel H. Ramish Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article on Covid-19 Federal Contract Awards http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39587 2020-06-22 17:23:41 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39587 Construction Executive Magazine Ranks Smith Pachter in The Top 50 Construction Law Firms in 2020 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39565 Construction Executive has ranked Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC in The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™ for 2020. 

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2020-06-19 00:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39565
LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: U.S. DOJ Announced Further Updates of Its Guidance for Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39186 On June 1, 2020, the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published an updated version of its Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, an official guide for prosecutors on how to evaluate a company’s compliance programs.  “Today’s revised guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs reflects additions based on our own experience and important feedback from the business and compliance communities,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski commented. 

Though most of the changes to DOJ’s prior Compliance Guidelines represent refinements of points in the prior versions, they nonetheless constitute significant trend indicators for evaluating compliance programs against evolving business realities. 

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2020-06-05 12:43:03 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39186
DC Bar CLE Webinar: Top 10 Things You Should Know About Government Contracts 2020 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39183 Stephen D. Knight will teach a DC Bar CLE webinar course, "Top 10 Things You Should Know About Government Contracts," on Thursday, July 9, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

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2020-06-05 09:08:14 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39183
GIR Analysis: Crisis-Driven Innovation in Brazilian Internal Investigation Practice http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39177 In the Global Investigations Review (GIR) article, "Crisis-driven innovation in Brazilian internal investigation practice," Francisco Petros and Thaís Folgosi Françoso at FF Advogados in Brazil and Iris Bennett and Carlos André Galante Grover at Smith Pachter McWhorter in the US examine innovations in internal investigation practices in Brazil spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic, the benefits of change, and provide tips to manage enforcement authorities' expectations. 

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2020-06-04 08:46:47 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39177
DC Bar Panel Program: Preserving Client Privileges and Confidences During Internal Investigations http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39122 Iris E. Bennett and Cormac T. Connor will be speaking at the upcoming DC Bar Panel Program webinar, "Preserving Your Client’s Privileges and Confidences During Internal Investigations," on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Panel speakers include: Allison Barlotta, Booz Allen Hamilton; Iris Bennett, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC; Cormac Connor, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC; and Courtney Edmonds, Leidos.

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2020-05-28 11:16:39 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39122
ARTBA 12th Annual Virtual Law & Regulatory Forum: Recent Developments in Construction Law http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39126 Brian J. Vella, Kathryn T. Muldoon Griffin, Jacob B. Bolinger and Max G. Terhar will be presenting on the topic of "Recent Developments in Construction Law" at the upcoming American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) 12th Annual Virtual Law & Regulatory Forum held live online June 3-4, 2020.

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2020-05-27 11:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39126
John Pachter Speaking on Panel at ABA Debarment & Suspension Committee Meeting http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39062 Smith Pachter McWhorter member John S. Pachter will be a panelist at the upcoming American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law Debarment & Suspension Committee meeting presenting on the topic of "Ins & Outs of Affiliation & Imputation Principles,” held on Friday, May 22, 2020.

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2020-05-20 08:29:35 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39062
Federal News Network Interviews Edmund Amorosi on Emergency Procurement on Federal News Radio, WFED, 1500AM http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39019 Federal News Network interviewed Edmund Amorosi on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio, WFED, 1500AM: "Procurement rules can trip up agencies in emergencies, but permissions exist," which aired on May 13, 2020.

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2020-05-13 14:42:34 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39019
Smith Pachter Attorneys Selected to 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38823 Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC congratulates seven attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars list for their achievements and expertise in their areas of practice. Super Lawyers recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state and the Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent attorneys in each state. 

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2020-05-08 11:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38823
FAR 2020 Part 19: Small Business Programs Webinar Features Speakers Zachary Prince and Daniel Ramish in Get FAR Sighted Series http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39003 Zachary D. Prince and Daniel H. Ramish served as guest speakers on the FAR 2020 - Part 19 - Small Business Programs program as part of the "Get "FAR" Sighted In 2020" weekly webinar series hosted by federal procurement consultants Jennifer Schaus & Associates, based in Washington, D.C. 

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2020-05-08 10:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39003
New Executive Order Seeks to Secure Nation’s Power Grid from Foreign Cyber Attacks http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38969 On May 1, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order (“EO”) intended to protect the nation’s power grid from foreign cyber attacks. The EO declared foreign cyber threats to the U.S. electricity grid a national emergency, and accordingly ordered action in the form of procurement and trade regulation to defend the grid against foreign attack. The EO establishes a task force to protect the power grid from attacks and share risk information and risk management practices. 

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2020-05-06 08:49:01 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38969
Recent CBCA Decision Highlights Hurdles Faced by Construction Contractors Seeking Compensation for COVID-19 Impacts http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38956 2020-05-05 09:58:25 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38956 Chambers USA 2020 Recognizes Smith Pachter McWhorter as a Leading Law Firm http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38854 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes seven Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC lawyers as leaders in their field in its 2020 guide. Chambers USA 2020 has also ranked the firm’s government contracts and construction practice groups. Chambers USA is the preeminent legal ranking of attorneys and law firms with regional and national rankings driven by independent interviews of clients and peers.

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2020-04-23 01:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38854
Updated COVID-19 Handbook for Government Contractors During the Coronavirus Pandemic http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38868 UPDATED COVID-19 Handbook for Government Contractors: The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for companies performing federal government contracts. The operating landscape is constantly shifting and the communication and directives from federal agencies and state and local governments are often vague and contradictory.

In response to a flood of COVID-19 communication from federal agencies and state and local governments, including advisories, memoranda, and alerts, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC has issued an updated handbook for government contractors covering topics in a Q&A format to address pressing issues and provide answers to inquiries our attorney response team is receiving from the industry. 

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2020-04-21 14:56:13 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38868
Law 360 Expert Analysis: Avenues For Fast-Tracking Gov't Procurement In Emergency http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38858 Law360 features Expert Analysis by Edmund M. Amorosi, Stephen D. Knight, Jonathan D. Shaffer and Daniel H. Ramish on fast-track emergency procurement methods in the article "Avenues For Fast-Tracking Gov't Procurement In Emergency."

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2020-04-20 16:08:02 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38858
Five Smith Pachter Attorneys Named in Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38927 Who's Who Legal 2020 has selected five Smith Pachter McWhorter members in the areas of Construction, Government Contracts, and Mediation in 2020. Nominees are selected based upon comprehensive, independent surveys with both general counsel and construction and government contract lawyers in private practice worldwide.

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2020-04-20 00:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38927
Smith Pachter Attorneys Selected to 2020 Washington, DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38999 2020-04-17 06:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38999 ENR Publishes Article on U.S. Dept. of Defense Changes for Cyberattack Certification http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38913 ENR recently published an article in its Law & Risk Management Today I April 2020 issue on the Department of Defense (DoD) changes for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program by Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys Elizabeth N. Jochum and Zachary D. Prince.  

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2020-04-17 00:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38913
Jonathan Shaffer and Todd Garland to Conduct Federal Publications Seminars® Webinar on Federal Bid Protest Mitigation: Avoidance and Defenses http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38821 On May 28, 2020, Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys Jonathan D. Shaffer and Todd M. Garland will present a CLE webinar on “Federal Bid Protest Mitigation - Avoidance and Defenses,” highlighting government procurement issues that result in protests and provide lessons learned from recent bid protest decisions.

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2020-04-15 08:11:29 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38821
Richard Smith Presents on ABA Professors' Corner: The Gap Between Construction Law Practice and Scholarship http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39161 Richard F. Smith will be presenting on an American Bar Association (ABA) webinar entitled, "Professors' Corner: The Gap Between Construction Law Practice and Scholarship" on April 14, 2020. The Professor's Corner Webinar is sponsored by the Joint Legal Education and Uniform Laws Group of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. 

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2020-04-13 00:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=39161
COVID-19 Client Alert: Preparing for Increased CARES Act Oversight http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38765 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) will provide more than $2 trillion in relief to those hardest hit by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the CARES Act, the federal government will provide checks to an estimated 150 million American households, set up loan programs for businesses, increase unemployment insurance programs, provide funds to hospitals and local governments, among other actions.  As the largest economic stimulus package in history, there is a natural focus in the CARES Act on making sure that funds are used for their intended purpose, thus creating three new oversight bodies: the Office of the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery within the Treasury Department (“SIGPR”); the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (“PRAC”); and a Congressional Oversight Commission. Businesses benefiting from the much-needed relief the CARES Act provides should take the opportunity now to prepare for the increased scrutiny of a special Inspector General.  Both during the pandemic response and after it subsides, we can expect that the SIGPR will probe how CARES Act funds were deployed with the full benefit of hindsight. 

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2020-04-07 12:49:21 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38765
Fast-Track Emergency Procurement Methods Available to Agencies and Contractors to Support Response to COVID-19 Pandemic http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38749 Government contractors are playing a critical role providing essential goods and services to aid the Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This client alert provides an overview for contractors and agency procurement officials of the most significant acquisition changes for sourcing goods and services more quickly given the urgent situation, which include increased simplified acquisition thresholds, pre-established commercial item status for specified goods and services essential to the pandemic response, relief from competition requirements, and easing of some administrative requirements for doing business with the federal government.  There are also special avenues for contributing to the relief efforts, including the National Disaster Registry and a program granting state and local governments access to GSA and VA schedules for emergency relief.

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2020-04-06 09:18:21 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38749
Webinar: Practical Guidance for Federal Contractors Navigating a COVID-19 Environment http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38724 Smith Pachter McWhorter, Jackson Lewis and BDO will host a webinar on "Practical Guidance for Federal Contractors Navigating a COVID-19 Environment" on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m., addressing important issues related to stay-at-home mandates, non-essential business closures and restrictions, and orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting employers.  Federal government contractors face additional challenges with agency, contract or site-specific closures or restrictions impacting their ability to continue work as usual.  At the same time Congress is enacting laws expanding paid and unpaid leave for certain workers, directing federal agencies to consider reimbursement of paid leave for certain government contractors, and providing additional unemployment benefits, loans and tax incentives. Panelists will address questions on these and other issues impacting contractors.

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2020-04-06 00:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38724
Federal Publications Seminars Features Stephen Knight on Podcast Series: Defense Production Act and DPAS http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38743 Federal Publications Seminars featured Stephen Knight on its FPS Podcast Series,Podcast #1: "Defense Production Act of 1950 Explained." The Defense Production Act of 1950 has been dormant for decades. In this FPS Podcast Stephen Knight, Partner at Smith Pachter McWhorter, explains what DPAS is and it's impact to contractors as it related to COVID-19, three executive orders and the meaning of a "rated" contract. 

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2020-04-03 12:00:00 http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com/post-detail.php?id=38743