Cohen Seglias Federal Contracting partner Maria Panichelli teamed up with Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) for a 5-part webinar series on the fundamentals of FedCon, “Everything You Need to Know about REAs, Claims, Protests, and Terminations“.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017
STRATEGIES FOR SEEKING COMPENSATION: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF REAS AND CLAIMS:
As any Federal contractor will tell you, the contract award is only the beginning. In this webinar, attendees learned about two key strategies for seeking compensation when something goes wrong post-award: namely, requests for equitable adjustments (or “REAs”) and claims. Maria went over the basics of both REAs and claims, discussed the differences between the two, and provided strategies on when to use each.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017
STRATEGIC APPROACHES FOR SUCCESS DURING THE CDA CLAIM & APPEAL:
So you have filed your claim, but what comes next? In this webinar, we explained the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”) claims appeal process before both the Boards of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims. Maria also went over the most common defenses advanced by the government in response to contractor claims, and explained how to maximize your chance of success when making claims against the Federal government.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017
DEALING WITH TERMINATIONS FOR DEFAULT, TERMINATIONS FOR CONVENIENCE, AND REPROCUREMENT CLAIMS:
This webinar covered what happens at the end of a contract when that contract is terminated by the government either for convenience or default. We started with explaining the critical differences between terminations for convenience (T4Cs) and terminations for default (T4Ds). Next, attendees learned all about T4Cs, the response process and seeking compensation in connection with work performed prior to termination. Finally, we covered how to challenge T4Ds, including how to convert them to T4Cs, and how to deal with reprocurement claims.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017
ASSERTING AND DEFENDING BID PROTESTS:
In today’s competitive market, protests are an inevitable feature of most procurements. Accordingly, understanding the complex web of regulations and requirements relating to asserting and defending protests is critical to becoming a successful government contractor. In this webinar, we walked attendees through the who, what, when, where, why and how of filing a bid protest. Attendees learned how to use debriefings and protests as an affirmative tool to get the contracts you want, as well as strategies for maximizing your chances for a positive outcome. We also covered how to defend against bid protests brought by their competitors.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
SIZE AND STATUS PROTESTS, AND SIZE/ELIGIBILITY INVESTIGATIONS:
Many small business set-aside procurements ultimately end up involving not only bid protests but size or status protests. If not properly dealt with, these protests have disastrous consequences: they can result in a contractor’s loss of the contract, as well as its eligibility to compete for other set aside contracts. In this webinar, we covered the differences between types of protests, common pitfalls (including affiliation, conditional ownership, and conditional control) that can form the basis of a protest, and how to protect yourself and defend against these protests. Agency-initiated size/status investigations was also discussed.