Practice/Industry Group Overview
The Halloran & Sage Government Contracts Practice provides complete counseling, compliance and litigation services to clients who contract with federal, state and local government organizations. We have in-depth understanding of all phases of the contracting process, including bid and proposal preparation, negotiations, protests, contract performance, audits and investigations, contract claims and litigation.
Our attorneys' experience in government contracts spans more than 35 years. One partner served 15 years as a senior legal advisor in the U.S. Department of Defense on regulatory, contracting, procurement and related issues. We maintain professional contacts with program and contracting officials in multiple federal agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Justice and State, as well as the General Services Administration, Small Business Administration, Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communications Commission.
We routinely represent major contractors regarding Federal Supply Schedule Contracts; leasing of real estate to the federal government; sales of software and information technology products and services; construction, maintenance and operation of federal buildings and military airfields; and bid protests and claims. We represent contractors and grantees in federal and state pricing and compliance audits and in inspector-general investigations. Our practice includes representation of large and small government contractors in false-claim and qui tam disputes and litigation. As part of our legal services, we provide advice to clients on developing compliance programs, reporting mechanisms and other safeguards to avoid violations of law or regulation.
Halloran & Sage has a substantial record of success in pursuing bid protests involving federal and state government entities. We represent contractors in bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. General Accounting Office, federal procurement agencies and state courts, as well as before alternative dispute resolution panels.
Our clients are businesses challenging government contract awards as well as those seeking to retain them. We represent these businesses in cases challenging the terms of bid solicitations, the awarding of contracts and modifications to contracts. Our experienced legal team includes attorneys with more than 35 years experience in government contracting across a range of businesses and industries.
Claims & Disputes
A key source of protection for federal government contractors is the Contract Disputes Act of 1978. With more than 35 years experience in government contracting, our attorneys represent contractors in resolving disputes and recovering monetary damages under this law and corollary state laws. Our services include preparation and submission of contractor claims to federal and state entities, negotiation of claims and litigation of claims before the U.S. Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The contractors we represent lease buildings and provide goods and services to the government across a range of businesses and industries. Our client roster includes building contractors, architects and engineers; health care providers; information technology contractors; telecommunications providers; and equipment manufacturers.
Export Administration & International Traffic in Arms Regulations
Halloran & Sage counsels clients on all aspects of export control and trade regulation, including compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the U.S. Department of State.
We provide advice to clients regarding the scope and application of EAR and ITAR and assist them in obtaining new registrations commodity classifications, preparing and filing license applications, negotiating the conditions and provisos applicable to licenses, and developing and implementing compliance plans. We assist international businesses in determining the obligations of the parent company and subsidiary organizations. We provide assistance and legal counsel in the preparation and negotiation of Technical Assistance Agreements and Manufacturing License Agreements.
Federal Supply Schedule Contracting
The Federal Supply Schedule program allows businesses that provide supplies and services to the U.S. government to enter into indefinite delivery contracts at stated prices for set time periods. The program's goal is to enable government entities to obtain essential commercial items on terms comparable to volume buying. We have extensive experience representing clients in obtaining and administering these contracts.
We represent numerous clients in procurement and contracting with the U.S. General Services Administration, the Veterans Administration, the Department of Defense and other designated Supply Schedule agencies. We provide advice and counsel in the preparation of schedule contract proposals and pre-award pricing audits. We represent clients in negotiating the terms and conditions of schedule contracts. We also provide representation in compliance audits involving post-award compliance with the Price Reductions clause.
Information Technology & Telecommunications
With information technology now a central component of government operations, Halloran & Sage has the experience to assist clients in negotiating and obtaining government IT contracts. We represent equipment suppliers and software providers in this highly competitive arena, from proposal submission to contract negotiation and administration. Our practice also includes bid protests.
A core focus of our practice involves negotiation of telecommunications service and equipment supply contracts for major customers such as banks and insurance companies. Our practice also includes the representation of telecommunications resellers in federal regulatory matters. Our legal team is highly experienced in this field and includes the former chief telecommunications regulatory counsel for the Department of Defense.
Reinforcing our success in IT contracting is our use of technology to streamline the firm's infrastructure and enable our attorneys to work efficiently and cost-effectively.
Public Buildings Construction & Leasing
As a law firm with strong practice groups in construction, real estate and government contracts, Halloran & Sage is uniquely qualified to handle government construction contracts and leases. Drawing on our broad experience in these related fields, we assist in the preparation and submission of proposals for construction and leasing of public buildings and properties, and guide clients through the procurement and bidding process. We are equally adept at negotiating the final contracts or leases and any supplemental legal agreements.
If disputes arise, we are prepared to deal with them. For disputes concerning procurement, we rely upon our in-depth knowledge of the regulatory scheme to analyze the process and prepare and submit appropriate claims. When disputes arise during the term of the contract, we provide complete legal representation in seeking to resolve the matter or defend your interests in court or elsewhere.
Small Business Assistance
Halloran & Sage helps small, disadvantaged businesses gain a competitive edge by becoming qualified under the U.S. Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program. Through this program, small businesses with socially and economically disadvantaged owners may become eligible for preferences in government contracting and preferred access to mentoring and financing.
We help you determine whether your business fits the program's qualifications. If it does, we assist you in preparing and submitting the 8(a) application in conformance with the federal statute and regulations. If your application is declined, we will represent you in requesting reconsideration or in appealing the decision to the SBA's Office of Hearings and Appeals.
Once your business is qualified, we help you understand and navigate the federal regulatory framework that governs bidding, procurement and contracting for 8(a) businesses. In some circumstances, a bid or proposal may be challenged on the ground that the business does not qualify as small. We are experienced in handling both size protests and size appeals based on a business' size.