Protests 101: The Basics of the Protest Process and How To Use It
Topic: Contract Formation
Original Air Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Program Code: 170054
You worked hard on your proposal, and you feel you should have won. The Government clearly disagreed. What next?
This webinar will discuss the mechanics of the protest process: How? When? Where? And most importantly: Why?
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- What are the factors that go into making a protest decision: chances of winning, cost, customer relations, etc.
- Where to protest: GAO, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, or the Agency? (And why going to Congress is not a good idea.)
- What are your timelines for different types of protests.
- How much proof do you need to file the protest: the difference between a good faith belief, and a fishing expedition.
- The importance of the CICA stay of performance (at GAO).
- What can't you protest at GAO, and where should you go for those issues.
- What to do if you won the contract and someone else protests.
Bryan Cave, LLP
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, LLP
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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