April’s Seminar: Trends in Debarments and Suspensions


Program Date and Time

Friday, April 18, 2014, 8:30AM – 10:30AM. Breakfast and networking start at 7:30AM.

Program Location

Washington Technology Park Conference Center, 15000 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151 (Click here for directions)

Program Description

Suspension, debarment or exclusion from government contracts or other transactions with the federal government can have devastating consequences to companies that rely on the federal government for business as a prime contractor, subcontractor or grantee. Being listed on the government’s “Excluded Parties List” not only renders the company ineligible for federal government work, but can have collateral consequences such as ineligibility to obtain federal export licenses or debarment from state and local contracts. Companies can be suspended or debarred based on a criminal conviction or finding of civil fraud not directly related to the performance of a government contract, grant or transaction. In addition, a criminal violation of certain laws, such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, require that a company be debarred.

The federal government has greatly increased its use of suspension and debarment. It is actively pursuing suspension or debarment of federal grantees, of companies that violate federal socio-economic laws and regulations, and even of companies that settle civil false claims allegations without an acknowledgement of wrongdoing. A contractor’s or grantee’s failure to disclose potential wrongdoing related to the award, performance or close-out of a federal transaction now has been added to the long and growing list of grounds for suspension or debarment.

In this seminar, attendees will learn about:

  • Trends in suspension and debarment activity, including:
    • Types of cases
    • Various approaches agencies are using to resolve such actions.
  • Best practices in compliance and ethics
    • Values-Based Ethics and Compliance Programs
    • Internal Investigations
    • Disclosure Practices
    • Engagement with Suspension Debarment Officials

About the Presenter

todd canniTodd Canni serves as Counsel in the Washington D.C. office of McKenna Long & Aldridge and has worked on all sides of the government-contracting process, including in the Executive Branch with the Department of Air Force as Director, Suspension & Debarment Operations, the Judicial Branch at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims as Judicial Law Clerk to the Chief Judge and with Industry as outside counsel.

Mr. Canni focuses on post-award counseling and crisis management, including performance disputes (including claims, terminations, negative past performance appraisals, appeals), contractor disclosures, internal investigations, government investigations, fraud and qui tam litigation, and suspension and debarment proceedings before agencies and in federal court.  He has unparalleled insight into how the federal government investigates and prosecutes procurement fraud and how both civilian and DoD agencies use suspension and debarment.  Mr. Canni also counsels clients on best practices to significantly mitigate against the occurrence of non-compliance, fraud, or an ethics breach, including developing and/or enhancing internal controls, disclosure protocols, and ethics and compliance programs.

See Mr. Canni’s full biography here.

Program Cost

$35.00 per person including a hot breakfast.

Our event cancellation policy is here.

In order to save on printing costs and to give people an option to use a laptop or tablet, we will email a link to the seminar presentation and any materials two days prior to the event. We suggest downloading the presentation in advance or utilizing a personal hotspot/cellular data on the day of the event as the facility does not guarantee ability to access their Wi-Fi network. We will not have printed copies available the day of the event.

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