Topic: FAR & Contract Management Guidance
Original Air Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Program Code: 170049
2011 Developments in the FAR and the DFARS: The government has instituted several rule amendments over the past year adding regulations to both the FAR and DFARS. These changes impact both traditional government contractors and commercial companies who also happen to sell to the government. This session will cover significant new FAR and DFARS changes and some proposed changes that will impact all contractors.
- Set-aside contracting guidelines;
- A policy shift towards more fixed fee contracts and limitations on use of cost reimbursement contracts;
- A continued focus on Conflict of Interest (both personal and organizational); and
- Changes to the intellectual property clauses in the DFARS.
Bryan Cave, LLC
William Weisberg focuses his practice on government contracts and grants. He represents companies, non-profits and educational institutions entering into business arrangements with, or involving, government entities, including clients selling to defense and civilian federal agencies, as well as state and local governments. Mr. Weisberg represents clients in all phases of the contract and grant process, including cost accounting, bid protests and claims, intellectual property, standards of conduct and ethics, labor and employment regulations, export controls, restrictions on foreign goods, performance and termination disputes and security clearance matters. He represents clients ranging from experienced contractors and grantees to those entering the government market for the first time. Mr. Weisberg represents firms doing custom work for the government, as well as organizations selling commercial goods and services, who view the government as just another customer.
Mr. Weisberg's clients include information technology firms (manufacturers, developers, integrators and resellers), manufacturing companies, private equity and emerging growth companies, professional service firms, bio-technology, life-sciences and other technology firms, property owners, construction and engineering companies, advertising and public relations agencies and a variety of dealers and resellers of products and services. He also represents non-profits, educational institutions, subcontractors and sub-grantees.
Bryan Cave, LLC
Joyce Tong focuses her practice on government contracts and grants. She represents information technology firms, manufacturing companies, and professional service firms entering into business arrangements with, or involving, government entities, in bid protests, ethical and corporate compliance issues, product sourcing compliance (such as the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts as well as the Berry Amendment) and intellectual property issues. She counsels clients on the interpretation of regulatory and statutory law and the impact of those laws on their government contracts and business in general. Ms. Tong has represented clients in pre- and post- contract award disputes before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office. Ms. Tong is a speaker on these issues and works with the National Contract Management Association.
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