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2017 Government Contracts 
Review & Outlook - West Coast

San Diego, CA
November 9-10, 2017
  • Register now and get 50% off your registration fee. Enter promo code 50YIRWEST17
  • Learn from the leading experts in the field of government contracting
  • Receive the latest in recent and pending statutes, regulations and legislation
  • Keep current and hear the forecast for 2018      

This unique conference brings together high-level practitioners and government contracting professionals to discuss what’s happening in the industry and its impact on 2018.

Get an accelerated review and analysis of new developments in federal government contracting, from pending legislation and trends to how to prepare for the future. Connect with the top minds in the industry at a program designed for all public and private sector employees, including supply, service, and construction contract professionals.

Comprehensive Coverage on Timely but Timeless Topics Plus New Discussions and/or Panels on Hot Topics:

  • Legislative and regulatory developments
  • Just added! Section 809 Panel - subcommittee progress/updates
  • Export controls, FCPA, international trade issues (new in 2017 - includes Buy American Act and Buy America Act)
  • Prime subcontract disputes & legal issues; supply chain management
  • Legal advancements in cybersecurity requirements and regulated technology issues
  • GSA schedule contracts and commercial item determination challenges (new in 2017 - includes commercial item, category management, and the proposed 'Amazon-style marketplace'
  • Contract acounting, costs and pricing developments
  • Civil False Claims Act, fraud & compliance issues (new in 2017 - includes counterfeit parts, OCI and 'revolving door')


Attendees will receive an extensive manual of reference materials prepared especially for this program.

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Day 1
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
8:30 - 8:45
Introductory Remarks
James J. Gallagher, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

8:45 - 9:45
2017 Legislative and Regulatory Developments
Jason Workmaster, Covington & Burling LLP
Included in this session will be coverage of The Section 809 Panel's subcommittees progress.

9:45 - 9:55

9:55 - 11:00
An Update on Export Controls, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and International Trade Issues Including Buy American Act and Buy America Act
Andrew D. Irwin, Jenner & Block


11:05 - 12:15
Contract Formation, Negotiation and Protest Developments
Thomsas P. Humphrey, Crowell & Moring LLP
Don Featherstun, Seyfarth Shaw
Jame McCullough, Fried Frank

12:15 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:15 
Prime Subcontract Disputes and Legal Issues, Including Current Mandatory Flow-Down Clauses and Best Practices for Supply Chain Management
Alex Tomaszczuk and Michael Rizzo, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

2:15 - 2:30

2:30 - 3:15
Legal Advancements in Cybersecurity Requirements and Relate Technology Issues Impacting Government Contractors
Jay DeVecchio, Morrison & Foerster and Ray Aghaian, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

3:15 - 4:15
GSA Schedule Contracts and Commercial Item Determination Challenges
Larry Allen, Allen Federal Business Partners and Jonathan Aronie, Sheppard Mullin
During this session, Mr. Allen and Mr. Aronie will cover what impacts the Section 809 Panel subcommittee recommendations will have on Schedule and commercial item contracting.  
Day 2
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
8:30 - 8:45
Introductory Remarks
James J. Gallagher, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

8:45 - 10:15
Contract Accounting, Cost and Pricing Developments
Derek Shaw, BDO USA, LLP and Philip Seckman, Dentons

10:15 - 10:30

10:30 - 12:00
An Update on the Civil False Claims Act; Fraud and Compliance Issues Including Counterfeit Parts, Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI), and "Revolving Doors"
Bryan D. Daly, Sheppard Mullin and Patricia Meagher, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell
Andrew D. Irwin
Andrew Irwin is a Partner at Jenner & Block.  Mr. Irwin focuses his practice at the intersection of government procurement and international regulatory law, concentrating primarily on corporate investigations and compliance counseling.  Much of his work has involved the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), but he has also managed substantial Export Administration Regulations (EAR) enforcement matters. He also has counseled clients regarding all major economic sanctions regimes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), conducted a number of FCPA investigations and reviews around the world, and has advised clients on Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) issues. 
James J. Gallagher
Jay Gallagher, a Pillsbury Government Contracts & Disputes partner, is a nationally renowned litigator, particularly on all types of government contract financial and cost issues.

Jay has represented government contractors, including the largest aerospace companies, for more than three decades in contract financial disputes; civil and criminal fraud investigations and litigation; and defective pricing, terminations, claims, breach of contract and cost allowability matters. Jay has served as lead counsel in more than three dozen False Claims Act and qui tam cases, two of which resulted in favorable Supreme Court decisions.

Professional Highlights
  • Recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 U.S. in the Government Contracts category.
  • Program Chair for more than 25 years of Federal Publications’ Government Contracts Review & Outlook – West Coast Conference and its predecessor Western Briefing Conference.
  • Taught government contract law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.
Jason Workmaster
Jason Workmaster is Of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP.  Jason focuses his practice on government contracts-related litigation, including civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases, contract disputes, and bid protests. He has represented a host of clients in these types of cases in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

A nationally recognized leader on FCA issues, Mr. Workmaster has appeared on NBC’s The TODAY Show and Canadian TV’s National News to discuss the highly publicized FCA case against the cyclist Lance Armstrong. Mr. Workmaster is also recognized as an expert on the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules program. He regularly lectures on the schedules and appears on Federal News Radio to discuss issues related to the Schedules.
Jonathan Aronie
Jonathan S. Aronie is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, and the co-practice group leader of the firm’s Government Contracts & Investigations Group.  Jonathan counsels and represents Fortune 500 companies in some of the country's largest and most prominent classified and unclassified legal matters, including internal ethics and compliance investigations, civil False Claims Act investigations, self-disclosures, government-focused litigation, and federal law enforcement investigations.  He frequently represents clients before the Department of Justice, the Government Accountability Office, numerous Offices of Inspector General, and many other defense and civilian federal agencies. 
Jonathan has authored more than 85 articles, co-authored three books, including the highly-regarded GSA Schedule Handbook, published by Thompson Reuters, and speaks regularly at conferences across the country. 
As part of Jonathan’s internal investigation practice, Jonathan was appointed in 2013 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana as the Monitor over the New Orleans Police Department.  Jonathan leads a team of five former police chiefs, two internationally-known professors, and other professionals who collectively are responsible for reviewing, assessing, and reporting publicly on the NOPD's compliance with a far reaching federal Consent Decree.  In this capacity, Jonathan works closely with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, NOPD management and officers, and members of the New Orleans community.  
Jonathan received his BA from Brandeis University and his JD from Duke University School of Law, and has been ranked as a “Leading Lawyer” in his field by multiple industry publications. 
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