For almost half a century, the legacy McKenna Long Government Contracts team has provided comprehensive coverage of every aspect of government contract cost and pricing issues, including compliance counseling, audits, litigation of cost disallowance and Cost Accounting Standards issues, internal investigations of cost mischarging, and financially based civil and criminal fraud matters.
Our lawyers authored the definitive Government Contracts Business Systems Compliance Guide for assessing the adequacy of the following contractor business systems: accounting, billing and internal controls; purchasing; estimating; material management; government property; and earned value management.
We bring extensive and in-depth experience to every element of contract pricing, costing, business systems, appropriations and contract funding and payment. Whether the issue arises under a contract, grant, cooperative agreement or other transaction, we will see you through to a successful resolution.
Our lawyers have litigated before the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In the fraud arena, we have represented clients before federal district and appellate courts across the US.
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On August 30, 2016, the US Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule expanding the safe harbor for allowability of the costs of counterfeit or suspect counterfeit electronic parts and any related rework or corrective action (the Final Rule). See Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Costs Related to Counterfeit Electronic Parts (DFARS Case 2016-D010). The Final Rule is the fifth DoD and FAR rule since 2014 implementing counterfeit electronic part detection and avoidance compliance requirements for contractors, with more to come. Read more
On August 2, 2016, the US Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule that “further implements” DoD’s ongoing effort to eliminate counterfeit electronic parts from the DoD supply chain (the Final Rule). See Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts - Further Implementation (DFARS Case 2014-D005). Read more
A February 8, 2016, Department of Defense (DOD) advance notice of proposed rulemaking sought input to help address agency concerns regarding substantial future Independent Research and Development (IR&D) when such effort is undertaken as a means of reducing evaluated bid prices in competitive source selections. The proposed rule, if made final, would require the government to add costs (for proposal evaluation purposes) to any contractor offers that rely on IR&D efforts. In a recent client alert, Dentons encouraged contractors to participate in the comment process on the proposed rulemaking. Read more
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