Our government contract attorneys are seasoned professionals in prosecuting and defending bid protests and legal disputes before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and other federal contract tribunals.
- Whether representing a successful awardee or disappointed offeror, we help clients navigate the bid protest process to successfully defend their own contract awards or to vindicate their rights to full and fair competition as a protester.
- Centre has represented clients in countless bid protests that yielded successful results without a written decision, including matters in which the procuring agency voluntarily adopted early corrective action or the protest resulted in early outcome prediction.
Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in Suspensions, Debarments and Terminations and are ready to assist you today.
Our Terminations Experts
Barbara Kinosky is the Managing Partner of Centre Law and Consulting and has more than twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of federal government contracting. Barbara is a nationally known expert on GSA and VA Schedules and the Service Contract Act, and she has served as an expert witness for federal government contracting cases. She has a proven track record of solving complex issues for clients by providing strategic and business savvy advice. Barbara was named a top attorney for federal contracting by Smart CEO magazine in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Prior to establishing Centre, Barbara was the head of a government contracts practice group at a major law firm. She started Centre in 2002 to provide integrated legal, GSA consulting and training services.
Heather Mims is an associate attorney at Centre Law & Consulting. Her practice is primarily focused on government contracts law, employment law, and litigation. Heather has extensive experience litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office. She also has experience working with contractors on claims and appeals, government contract terminations, and subcontract disputes. Heather also works with government contractors to develop enforceable teaming agreements and subcontracts. Heather is a top-rated attorney selected to Rising Stars for 2019-2020 by Super Lawyers.
How does suspension or debarment impact my business and me?
What are the reasons for suspension or debarment?
There are multiple reasons for suspension and debarment. They may include commission of fraud, embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, tax evasion, violating Federal criminal laws, receiving stolen property, knowing failure to disclose violation of criminal law, and many other causes.
What is the suspension and debarment process?
The process generally starts with a Government investigation, voluntary or mandatory disclosures of alleged or suspected misconduct, or third-party reporting. Next, contractors may be immediately listed in the System Award Management as suspended or proposed for debarment. An agency Suspension and Debarment Official will make a decision based on the evidence available. Contractors may submit evidence in mitigation, extenuation, and rebuttal showing present contractor responsibility. This may also involve a meeting with the Suspension and Debarment Official.
Are there any other options short of suspension and debarment?
Yes, the agency Suspension and Debarment Official may decide not to take any adverse action based on the presentation and evidence showing that the contractor is presently responsible. The agency may also enter into an administrative compliance agreement, issue requests for information, or show cause letters.