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Navigating the Increasingly Treacherous Waters of Suspension and Debarment

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Webinar Details

Subject: Grants Management

Prerequisites: None

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Your office or conference room, per telephone connection

Course Description:

For years, the number of suspension and debarment reviews has been increasing. There’s even a new trend toward examining not just the organization but individuals within the organization. From ethics and fraud, to civil and criminal noncompliance, this heighted scrutiny creates serious new risks for every federal grant or contract recipient and their employees.

How can you manage your compliance efforts to minimize that scrutiny? And if you are targeted, what steps can you take to defuse a review before it explodes into formal suspension and debarment actions?

Here’s expert guidance that can make all the difference.

Register now for Navigating the Increasingly Treacherous Waters of Suspension and Debarment.

In this 90-minute webinar, Diz Locaria and Melanie Jones Totman from the Venable law firm’s Government Contracts Group share best practices and practical insights for managing the risk of noncompliance so you don’t face formal actions. Drawing on their expertise helping contractors and grantees survive federal suspension and debarment proceedings, they’ll show you tactics you can use to protect your own eligibility.

Proactive compliance. In addition to learning how to communicate effectively with suspension and debarment officials, you’ll discover practical ways to reduce scrutiny in the first place by spotting—and addressing—potential noncompliance risks now. Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Reserve your space now for expert guidance on the trends and tactics grantees must understand to troubleshoot suspension and debarment issues, including:

  • Up-to-date perspective on the growing prevalence of suspension and debarment
  • The rules and regulations for suspension and debarment actions
  • How to navigate suspension and debarment actions
  • Practical strategies for avoiding formal suspension and debarment actions
  • Tips for avoiding suspension and debarment review entirely

Remember, as suspensions and debarments continue to grow, more and more grantees and contractors will face reviews leading to formal actions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to reduce the chances that you’ll be among them!

Register now for Navigating the Increasingly Treacherous Waters of Suspension and Debarment.

Who Will Benefit

This webinar is of value to all government contractors and grantees. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • C-suites and General Counsel
  • Grant and contract administrators
  • Grant and contract program staff
  • Accounting and finance staff
  • Internal auditors
  • Independent auditors

Dismas Locaria

Dismas (Diz) Locaria is a partner with the firm's Government Contracts Group. Mr. Locaria's practice focuses on assisting government grant recipients and contractors in all aspects of working with the Federal government. Mr. Locaria has extensive experience assisting clients with regulatory and grant/contract term counseling, compliance (including ethics and integrity compliance), responsibility matters, such as suspension, debarment and other grant/contracting exclusions. Mr. Locaria has a wealth of knowledge regarding grant regulations, including the application of these regulations to both prime contractors/grant recipients and subcontractors/subgrantees. This knowledge has enabled Mr. Locaria to assist both for-profit and nonprofit organizations with meeting the requirements for becoming a federal grantee or contractor, interpreting the implication of regulatory, grant and contract and terms to clients’ work and operations, evaluating and advising grantees and contractors on intellectual property issues and agreement modifications, among many other issues.

Melanie Jones Totman

Melanie Jones Totman is an associate with Venable’s Government Contracts team where she provides clients with legal advice related to both federal and state procurement law, including complex compliance matters under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Office of Management and Budget Circulars, and various state procurement laws and grant regulations. She generally advises clients on small business, False Claims Act, and mandatory disclosure issues. Ms. Totman has broad experience in the defense of audits by various Offices of Inspector General, federal agencies, and the Defense Contract Audit Agency. She represents clients in a variety of bid protests before the United States Government Accountability Office and the United States Court of Federal Claims. 

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