The lawyers in Alston & Bird’s Government Contracts Group daily counsel clients on navigating the complex web of U.S. federal, state, and local government contracting laws, regulations, and contract clauses. We advise government prime contractors and subcontractors on a wide range of government-contracting issues, including:
- Avoiding, mitigating, and eliminating conflicts of interest.
- Human-resources-related requirements applicable to government contractors, such as the Service Contract Act, Davis–Bacon Act, minimum wage and sick leave requirements, and obligations relating to equal opportunity and affirmative action.
- Compliance with information security, cybersecurity, and data privacy requirements, including the Department of Defense regulations relating to safeguarding covered defense information and compliance with the security requirements specified by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP 800-171, as well as the latest FAR regulations for safeguarding federal contractor systems.
- Supply chain management and the risks associated with utilizing subcontractors and suppliers.
- Negotiating teaming agreements, joint venture agreements, and subcontract agreements.
- Engaging third-party consultants and other agents.
- Restrictions on recruiting and hiring government employees.
- Domestic sourcing requirements, such as the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act.
- Costs and auditing, including the Cost Accounting Standards.
- Small business rules and regulations, including the requirements of qualifying as a small business, woman-owned small business, veteran-owned small business, and small disadvantaged business for a federal contract.
- International trade compliance requirements incumbent upon government contractors.
- The National Industrial Security Program and facility and personnel security clearance requirements for contractors handling classified materials.
- Government reporting obligations.
- Suspension and debarment regimes.