Government Procurement and Contracting

As federal spending continues to decline, the challenges facing government contractors are on the rise. More companies are competing for smaller projects, margins are shrinking, and with bid protests reaching new levels, even companies with winning proposals may find that their victories are short lived.

Troutman Sanders’ Government Contracts group has deep knowledge of government contracting and bid-protest processes, the markets and industries in which our clients operate, and the state and federal agencies to which they provide products and services. Our team includes lawyers with the following credentials:

  • Executive-level experience in major industry trade associations
  • Leadership roles in the U.S. military and civil service
  • High-level government security clearances

Our lawyers are based in key markets with significant military and government activity, including Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and the west coast. From these strategic locations, we advise clients throughout the United States, the Pacific Rim, Africa, the Middle-East and South America, at every step of the contracting process: from evaluating new CONUS (Continental United States) and OCONUS (Outside the Continental United States) opportunities; through mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; to sales and spinoffs of subsidiaries. We regularly litigate disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors and between U.S. and foreign teaming partners. We pursue innovative strategies to resolve protests, claims and Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPAR) disputes, and to respond to special investigations. Our security clearances authorize us to work on classified contracts and provide us with the background to help foreign companies win U.S. Federal contracts through compliance with the Defense Security Service National Industrial Security Program.

Our lawyers understand the government’s point of view and speak the language of agency officials — wisdom we apply in pursuit of our clients’ goals. Our experience includes:

We work regularly with the following U.S. federal agencies:

  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Coast Guard
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of State
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)
  • Missile Defense Agency
  • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
  • Veterans Administration (VA)

We have significant experience with security, logistics, information technology (IT), construction and ship-repair contracting, among other disciplines, and provide turn-key solutions that draw on proven best practices. Additional services include team and proposal development, International Trafficking In Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance, in-country registration, taxation, employment issues and disputes, and logistics. Drawing on lawyers from throughout the firm, we implement critical business strategies for intellectual property rights, collective bargaining agreements, corporate transactions, and raising capital.

We help clients gain certification, verification and sole-source contracts, and participate as mentors and protégés in Small Business Association (SBA) initiatives, including the following:

  • 8(a) Business Development program
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Small Business Concern program
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (Hub Zone) program
  • Native American Business programs
  • Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contract program

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