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Thursday, December 3 at 12:00 p.m. EST | Sponsored by Wiley Rein LLP

Join us for Part Three of our webinar series on the opportunities and risks of diversifying your business through federal grant awards.

As federal contract dollars have declined in recent years, government contractors have looked for federal grant opportunities as a way of diversifying their business. Federal grants and cooperative agreements also serve as key sources of funding for commercial organizations for the development of new technologies for sale to commercial and government customers.

Although grants do not contain all of the terms and conditions of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based contracts, similar regulatory and compliance risks are involved in the application and performance of federal grants. Indeed, like contractors, grantees have increasingly become targets of fraud claims by federal law enforcement authorities and private whistleblowers looking to extract large dollar settlements for alleged misuses of federal funds.  

This third webinar in our series will offer a lively discussion with a whistleblower attorney who files fraud cases against federal grantees. We will cover: 

  • Risk areas throughout the grant lifecycle, from application through closeout;
  • The common mistakes and misconduct law enforcement authorities and whistleblower attorneys look for when deciding whether to pursue a fraud claim against a grantee; and
  • Specific steps that federal grantees can take to mitigate risk and prevent claims from being brought against them.

Who Should Attend?
  • Government Contractors
  • Contract Administrators
  • Grants Management Professionals
  • In-House Counsel for Government Contractors and Grant Recipients
  • Organizations Seeking Federal Grant Opportunities

NOTE: Webinar instructions and materials will be distributed prior to the webinar. For more information, please email or call 202.719.7017.
About the Presenters...
John R. Prairie - Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
John’s practice includes a broad range of litigation, counseling, and transactional matters for entities that work with federal, state, and local governments. John represents both traditional and “non-traditional” government contractors, as well as grant recipients, throughout all phases of the procurement and grant lifecycles, including: counseling clients on solicitations and notices of funding availability; structuring and negotiating teaming and subcontracting arrangements; bid protests; contract claims and disputes; instituting and enhancing ethics and compliance programs for contractors and grantees; government investigations and audits, including civil and criminal False Claims Act (FCA) matters; and suspension and debarment proceedings.

Brian Walsh - Associate, Wiley Rein LLP
Brian counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors, as well as federal and state grant recipients, on a broad range of government contracts matters, including contract claims and disputes, teaming and subcontracting issues, data rights and intellectual property issues, government investigations and audits, and compliance with ethics and procurement integrity laws. He further represents clients in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and has litigated hundreds of protests at these forums.

Andrew M. Miller - Partner, Simmer Law Group PLLC
For more than 10 years, Andrew Miller has litigated complex cases under the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, and corresponding state law statutes. He also has considerable experience representing whistleblowers in asserting claims under the SEC and IRS whistleblower programs.

Specifically, Andrew's practice focuses on representing individuals who come forward with information regarding fraud in the areas of government contracts, federal grant programs, the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, as well as certain business sectors including banking and for-profit education.
About Wiley Rein LLP

Wiley Rein’s Government Contracts Practice
, one of the largest in the country, includes more than 40 experienced attorneys and consultants who provide the full range of government contracts legal counseling and litigation services. Our clients span virtually all industries—defense and aerospace, intelligence, information technology, professional services, telecommunications, health care, architectural & engineering, and construction services. Clients turn to us for our deep expertise, strong “bench,” and ability to craft legally sound solutions that meet their business objectives while controlling costs. Because of our successes and reputation for client service, Wiley Rein is consistently ranked by Chambers USA in the top tier of the nation’s government contracts practices.

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