Government Contracts

Each year, federal, state and local governments collectively spend trillions of dollars in procuring goods, services, and construction.  Our government is the largest consumer in the United States, if not the world.  Not surprisingly, such large scale procurement is controlled by a vast, ever-changing body of regulations and decisional law. 

Our attorneys are experienced in all levels of federal and state procurement.  We represent clients from proposal submission through claims and dispute resolution, and at every critical step in between.  We provide clients with advice on compliance with contract requirements and regulatory issues to avoid disputes and minimize clients' liability exposure.  When unavoidable disputes arise, the firm's skilled litigators have successfully represented clients before the Boards of Contract Appeals, federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration forums. 

And because the current political climate constantly changes the way the government does business, we stay on top of current and proposed legislative and regulatory actions affecting procurement and alert our clients of the impact of such changes on their business operations. 

Our clients range from small disadvantaged businesses to multinational corporations in a range of industries, including defense and homeland security, business consulting, construction, manufacturing, logistics, energy, healthcare and high technology.  And since clients' government contracts issues are often intertwined with issues in other areas of law, the Government Contracts Group routinely coordinates with other firm practice groups to address our clients' government contract needs.

Steve Tiller moderates Panel Discussion with Senator Van Hollen and GEN (Ret) Keith Alexander

On February 1, in his role as President of the Fort Meade Alliance, WTP Partner Steve Tiller moderated a conversation with US Senator Chris Van Hollen and GEN (Ret) Keith Alexander on the current state of cyber and our economy, and what it means for the region, our nation and the globe. The discussion focused on the importance of the government working with the private sector to improve the country's cyber security.

Veteran-owned firms need to get in the game for federal contracts

Programs to increase the amount of government contracting dollars awarded to economically disadvantaged small businesses have been around for decades. But only recently has the federal government recognized the need to help veterans and reservists whose businesses have been negatively impacted by repeated military deployments.

Federal contractors to face much closer scrutiny

According to a recent report of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. government spent $388 billion on contracts and grants in 2005 and even more last year, representing about a quarter of the government's annual discretionary spending budget.

Yet despite steady increases in government contract spending, the federal procurement environment has become increasingly precarious, due in part to a recent flood of newsworthy scandals involving government contractors and the absence of adequate government controls over procurement activities.

Protecting your intellectual property rights in government contracts

Federal government contracts can be a rich source of business for private companies, particularly for companies engaged in developing new technology and products.

The federal government is a major contributor to the development of new technology, spending well over $100 billion each year on contracts, grants, and other agreements with private companies to develop new products and processes.