Suspension and debarment regulations can significantly impact the future of government contractors. This can include reputation in the media and significant decrease in revenues. Debarment or suspension puts corporate executives under tough scrutiny and embarrassment by having to respond to recommendations for debarment. See recent outcomes.
With law offices in Washington, DC and Denver, CO, the government contract law attorneys at Watson & Associates, LLC frequently help large and small businesses deal with the extensive investigative measures, prepare clients for debarment hearings and assist with internal policies and controls that reduce the impact in proceedings. We also provide ethics guidance and help clients to navigate through the nuances of mandatory disclosure rules and other suspension and debarment regulations.
Suspension & Debarment Legal Services
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- Our lawyers help you to assess the facts and negotiate favorable
- Provide legal advice and guidance on false claims actions and criminal activity;
- Compliance to avoid suspension and debarment;
- Seek out agency abuse of discretion;
- Appeal adverse suspension or debarment decisions;
- Provide you with proactive measures to prevent adverse actions;
- Mitigate risk of suspensions or debarment upon learning of employee actions;
- Provide legal guidance regarding disclosure or unethical behavior to the federal government;
- Reduce the risk of government investigations and limit the severity of consequences when involved in suspension and debarment.
Our debarment defense lawyers also strive to educate our clients during the process in order to make sound business decisions that are focused on saving the company’s reputation during suspension and debarment proceedings.
For government contractors facing debarment due to allegations of fraud or False Claims Act violation, our law firm provides aggressive defense but also help to provide cooperative responses to debarring officials.
Debarment removes you as a contractor from eligibility for future government contracts for a fixed period of time, while suspension temporarily debars a contractor for the duration of any agency investigation of the contractor or ensuing legal proceedings. Debarment and suspension are collectively known as exclusions.
- Protect company revenues and reputation;
- Uncover unlawful government actions;
- Act promptly for more favorable results;
- Protect your due process rights during suspension or debarment investigations;
- Avoid overreaching by the government.
- Develop internal remedial actions before it is too late
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Develop Internal Policies and Controls that Can Minimize Suspension Debarment Actions
As you receive notification of a propose debarment or suspension action, you can minimize the impact by developing remedial actions. This includes contractor ethics policies, disclosure policies and more. Call our procurement lawyers for immediate help.
Defend Against Criminal or Civil Fraud Allegations
Government actions may include allegations of criminal activity or civil fraud. In any event, you want to protect your legal rights and aggressive defend your position. The Washington, D.C government contract attorneys at Watson & Associates, LLC understand the hurdles that you must overcome. The law firm provides experienced attorneys that have the experience needed to combat a suspension and debarment action.
Difference Between Suspension and Debarment
The difference between suspesnsion and debarment signifantly impacts the process and how contractors prepare for proceedings.
Suspension: May be based on indictments, information or adequate evidence involving
environmental crimes, contract fraud, embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, poor performance, non-performance, or false statements. Suspensions are temporary actions which may last up to one year and are effective immediately.
Debarment: May be based on convictions, civil judgments or fact based cases involving environmental crimes, contract fraud, embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, poor performance, non-performance or false statements as well as other causes. It can also result in the imposition of a set period of time decided on a case by case basis. Protect your rights and hire top lawyers in the field.
Statutory debarment occurs by operation of law following criminal conviction under Clean Water Act (Section 508) and Clean Air Act (Section 306). Statutory Debarment also last until the Debarring Official certifies that "condition giving rise to conviction has been corrected." As government contract law attorneys, we can provide your company with comprehensive legal representation and experience that leads to the most favorable result under your specific circumstances.
Nationwide Debarment and Suspension Defense
Federal government contract law allows us to help you regardless of your state. Watson & Associates' suspension and debarment regulations lawyers and government contracts law firm, provide cost-effective and aggressive representation to contractors in Denver and Washington D.C., Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Our US firm also helps DOD contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq construction efforts.
Our government contract suspension and debarment attorneys also help contractors in the following cities: Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL.
Call Our Washington DC and CO Suspension Debarment Defense Attorneys Today
To avoid ruining your company's future in government contracting contact the suspension and debarment regulations attorneys at the law firm of Watson & Associates toll free at 866-601-5518 or call our Washington, D. C. Office at 202-827-9750.