Seminar July 17, 2008

Government Contracts Seminar: "The Nuts and Bolts of Public Contracting: Managing Risk and Maximizing Reward"

Alston & Bird LLP hosted a seminar titled "The Nuts and Bolts of Public Contracting: Managing Risk and Maximizing Reward" on Thursday, July 17.  In a weakened economy, commercial companies rightly turn to public contracting to make up for a downturn in commercial sales.  While selling goods and services to a governmental body – whether federal, state or local – can be financially rewarding, having a public customer also brings with it risks not generally encountered in the commercial marketplace.  Participants learned from government contracting experts – including in-house counsel and government contracting attorneys both in private practice and for the government – how to manage these risks in order to fully reap the rewards of federal, state and local government contracting.  Continental breakfast and lunch were provided, and this was a free seminar to our clients and friends.  6.0 General CLE credits have been approved for this seminar with the State Bar of Georgia.

Agenda

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Remarks

8:30am - 9:15am  Bidding, Negotiating & Lobbying Issues Involved in Goverment Contracting
*Panelists will discuss the public procurement process from solicitation through contract award, and the rules  and limitations applicable thereto. 

9:15am - 10:00am  Federal Commercial Items Contracting
*Introduction of FAR Part 12 and discussion of recent issues in GSA Multiple Award Scheduling contracting.

10:00am - 10:15 am  Break

10:15am - 11:00am  Labor & Employment: E-Verify, Equal Employment Opportunity & Other Socio-Economic Contracting Issues
*Discussion of the recent E-Verify restrictions and other socio-economic programs required in government contracting.

11:00am - 11:45am  Privacy, FOIA/GORA & Other Open Government Issues
*Learn what risks you face in disclosure of your company’s valuable proprietary and trade secret information when performing public contracts, and how to minimize risks.

11:45am - 1:00pm  Lunch and Networking

1:00pm - 1:45pm  Procurement Integrity & The New Contractors Code of Ethics
*Discussion of various state and federal procurement integrity regulations and the requirements of the new contractor’s Code of Ethics.

1:45pm - 2:30pm  State of Georgia & City of Atlanta Contracting
*Hear about unique rules and restrictions involved in contracting with Georgia Department of Adminstrative Services and City of Atlanta Department of Procurement.

2:30pm - 2:45pm  Break

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Procurement Claims & Disputes
*Learn about the unique disputes process and how to preserve, document, prosecute and resolve disputes with your important customer.

3:30pm - 4:15pm  Government Audits, Investigations & The False Claims Act
*When Uncle Sam starts digging: how to handle routine and non-routine government audits by DCAA, offices of inspector general or DOJ.
*How to recognize and respond to a False Claims Act problem, and recent FCA developments.

July 17, 2008
7:30am - 4:15pm
Alston & Bird LLP / 1180 West Peachtree Street / 15th Floor / Atlanta, GA

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