Government contracting has always been a heavily regulated business. More recently, the federal government has focused its attention on issues of fraud, waste and abuse in its government contracts. Many contractors find that their government contracts and their related activities are under much closer scrutiny by a variety of government agencies, and the risks of substantial fines and penalty assessments, debarment from government work or even criminal liability are also increasing.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston attorneys have broad experience in advising clients in responding to pre-and post-award audits and investigations by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), various agency inspectors general, the Department of Justice, and other federal and state auditing agencies. At the threshold, our attorneys work with clients to develop and implement effective business conduct and compliance programs to minimize the risk of potential liability.
When a client is faced with an audit, we are an integral part of the client's audit response team, working to facilitate the process, improve the quality and responsiveness of client audit responses and conclude the audit with a minimum of client expense and disruption. In some cases, disputes or an alleged failure to adhere to government requirements can result in civil or criminal investigations and prosecutions, including grand jury investigations, qui tam or government-initiated civil false claims actions, and administrative actions such as suspension and debarment. When needed, our attorneys work tirelessly on behalf of clients to resolve issues and defend their interests in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings.