Angela B. Styles is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the firm's Government Contracts Group. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Styles served in the federal government as Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy within the Office of Management and Budget at the White House, a position requiring confirmation by the United States Senate. Ms. Styles also served in the General Services Administration Public Buildings Service in a Senior Executive Service appointment. In these positions, Ms. Styles was responsible for the policies and regulations governing all purchases by the federal government. Ms. Styles led presidential initiatives on federal contracting and worked on a wide variety of legal, legislative and policy issues associated with contractor ethics, federal contracts compliance, homeland security, terrorism related indemnification, and labor management relations. Ms. Styles also chaired the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, the Federal Acquisition Council, and the Cost Accounting Standards Board.
Ms. Styles' current practice concentrates on government contracts counseling and litigation, including procurement ethics and compliance, civil and criminal fraud matters under the False Claims Act, mandatory disclosure, procurement integrity, the Anti-Kickback Act, GSA Schedule contracting with an emphasis on pricing issues, GSA leasing, and Buy American and Trade Agreements Act compliance. In addition, Ms. Styles conducts complex internal investigations, corporate compliance reviews, and training programs on ethics and public sector contract compliance.
Ms. Styles' recent representations include significant suspension and debarment matters before the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Communications Commission (E-Rate program). Ms. Styles has also litigated several multi-million dollar bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims as well as contract claims before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims and appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Most recently, Ms. Styles' counseling practice has focused on advising clients on federal mandatory disclosure rules, suspension and debarment, and compliance with multi-faceted federal, state and local contracting requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Ms. Styles also has extensive experience advising clients on complex appropriations and Anti-Deficiency Act issues.
Ms. Styles has provided legal and policy commentary for numerous national media outlets, including the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Ms. Styles has made appearances on news programming for CNN, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN Washington Journal.
Ms. Styles has testified about complex government contracting issues at more than 20 hearings before the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. She has testified on numerous occasions before the Senate Armed Services, Senate Government Affairs, House Armed Services, House Veterans' Affairs, House Small Business, and House Government Reform Committees.
Prior to entering law school, Ms. Styles worked on Capitol Hill for Chairman Joe Barton (R-Tx) as a legislative aide. Ms. Styles also worked for the State of Texas as a program manager in the Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C.