One of the fastest-growing sectors in government contracting is information technology, whether in services, hardware, or software. At the federal level, when the government acquires technology from the private sector—although Congress has announced policies encouraging private ownership of publicly assisted technology—the rules and regulations surrounding the ownership, licensing, and maintenance of security of technology shared with the government are legion and complicated. Our Government Contracts Group works with in-house IT staff, counsel, and IP practitioners to ensure that rules are followed and technology is protected, whether the issue arises from the GSA Schedule or NASA SEWP contracts, or if our client is involved in more sophisticated government research and development contracting. Examples of our matters involving IT, IP, and contracts or grants include:
- Represented a major telecommunications company in connection with a $110 million project to install advanced cellular telephone equipment in the 86 stations and 106 miles of tunnels of the D.C. Metro subway system.
- Represented a major telecommunications company in a Department of Labor investigation into possible Davis–Bacon prevailing-wage violations arising out of a project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
- Represented a major defense contractor in subpoenas for documents arising out of IT services and products subcontracts.
- Represented four defendants in a qui tam (False Claims Act) lawsuit alleging illegal sales of products to the federal government that do not comply with certain domestic-source restrictions applicable to such sales. Obtained dismissal before filing an answer by arguing that the court lacked jurisdiction under the so-called public disclosure and first-to-file bars, among other things. The relator subsequently waived his right to appeal in exchange for a waiver of costs.
- Representing an IT reseller in an unsealed qui tam FCA case arising out of E-Rate work.
- Assisted a manufacturer of ergonomic computer products in reviewing its manufacturing process to address compliance with federal procurement domestic-sourcing requirements.
- Serving as outside general counsel for all government-contract issues for one of the largest IT resellers in the U.S., including litigation, disputes with vendors and suppliers, internal investigations, and compliance-related advice.
- Handled the response to a subpoena from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) relating to the client’s E-Rate contracts and convinced the government not to bring any civil or criminal charges against the client.
- Protested the award of a contract by the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) for back-office services after our client, the incumbent for more than 10 years, lost the competition for the follow-on work. Our client retained the contract.