Guided Congress and the Military Departments on Suspension and Debarment
As Deputy General Counsel for Contractor Responsibility for the Air Force, Nichols Liu Partner Steve Shaw, during his 16 year term as the Air Force Debarring Official, developed what Senator McCaskill and the White House have called the "gold standard" of suspension and debarment programs. Steve has often testified before Congress and is quoted in the media as a leading authority in the area.
Helped Large Defense Contractor Avoid Suspension
When a top defense contractor improperly transferred sensitive technologies to China, our team successfully obtained an affirmative determination by its military customers (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Logistics Agency) that it is “presently responsible” for continuing to receive Federal contract awards. The matter took on an added dimension when leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed special interest in the matter, an unusual occurrence for such administrative reviews.
Creative Solutions When an Agency Cuts Off All Funding
When a voluntary disclosure led to a suspension and pushed the entity to the brink of shuttering its doors, we successfully negotiated a grand bargain with the suspending agency to transfer nearly all of the programs, assets, and employees to another not-for-profit and settle the False Claims Act investigation.
Wrote Major Publications on Suspension and Debarment
Our team has authored portions of the American Bar Association’s "The Practitioner's Guide to Suspension and Debarment" and wrote the Briefing Paper “Contractor Responsibility: Toward An Integrated Approach To Legal Risk Management.”