The PCI Network – Compliance, Suspension and Debarment

This episode of The PCI Network focuses on Suspension and Debarment. David Drabkin, Director and Faculty at PCI discusses, how to maintain compliance and avoid suspension and debarment. Mr. Drabkin is currently the Director of Acquisition Policy with Northrop Grumman Corporation. There he works with Congress, Executive Agencies and Industry Associations to evaluate and promulgate acquisition policy for Federal programs ensuring the interests of the Northrop Grumman are represented in the process.

The PCI Network – Character Traits for a Great Government Contracts Professional

In this episode of The PCI Network, the head of our FUN with the FAR series, Stephen Daoust, discusses the four traits of a great government contracts professional. Throughout his 25-year career, Steve has worked as a Chief Government Contracts Counsel, Director of Contracts, and Chief Compliance Officer for both publicly traded companies like Iridium and Affiliated Computer Services and large accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was asked on a daily basis to provide expert advice and counsel on the negotiation and administration of contracts with federal, state, and local Governments. Check out what he has to say below!

FAR 52.236-1, Performance of Work by the Contractor (A Hard Clause for OCONUS Construction Contractors)

The US government, and in particular the DoD, has spent, and will continue to spend, millions of dollars on OCONUS construction projects.  Contracts have been awarded for building complete compounds in Djibouti, Africa, troop barracks in Afghanistan, and runways in Qatar.  Unsurprisingly, there’s no shortage of bidders for these projects – with their millions of dollars in revenue.  Many large US government contractors, as well as foreign construction firms, have competed over and over again for these projects.  Inasmuch as all of these construction projects are FAR based, the RFPs are substantially similar, containing identical clauses and provisions, even though, of course, the SOWs differ.  One clause consistently included in all of the respective RFPs, and which causes a great deal of angst for many … Continue reading

Afterthoughts: FAPIIS

Following each Nash & Schooner Hot Topics Webinar event, we interview Professor Ralph Nash to get his thoughts on the topic following the panel discussion.  On September 27, Professors Ralph Nash and Steven Schooner hosted special guest James McCullough, Fried Frank, and Julia Wise, OFPP in a discussion of the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS).   What are the key points that you think people should understand or know about FAPIIS? 1)      Contracting Officers have a responsibility to input data very quickly after making determinations; this includes issues covered under the Contracts Disputes Act. Contracting Officers then have the additional responsibility of updating the information as these issues go to litigation and settle. 2)      FAR 52.209-7 & 9, primarily, require contractors with … Continue reading