Peter J. Eyre is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. In 2013, Peter was recognized by Law360 as one of the five "rising stars" in government contacts law.
Peter's practice focuses on a wide range of counseling and litigation relating to government contracts and grants. Particular focus areas include: compliance reviews; enhancing and implementing compliance programs; dispute resolution; bid protests; complex investigations relating to the civil False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Act, the Procurement Integrity Act, and other civil and criminal matters; grants and related requirements; GSA Schedule contracting; contract negotiation and administration; suspension and debarment proceedings; and mandatory disclosures. Peter also serves as the coordinator of the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative and helps to lead the firm's education practice. Recent engagements include:
Government Contracts Counseling and Investigations
- Represented major government contractors in investigations pursuant to the civil False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Act, and the Procurement Integrity Act.
- Represented major food supplier in parallel criminal and civil investigations relating to federal prime vendor contracts.
- Represented major government contractor in investigation relating to product substitution.
- Represented government contractor in suspension and debarment matter relating to alleged violations of the Procurement Integrity Act (PIA).
- Assisted clients in the development, enhancement, and implementation of compliance programs.
- Counseled clients regarding mandatory disclosure obligations and related regulatory reporting processes.
- Counseled clients regarding identification and resolution of organizational conflicts of interest (OCI).
- Counseled clients regarding the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) and the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA).
Government Contracts Litigation
- Defended protest of DoD award valued at over $2.8 billion for logistics, support, and sustainment of the MRAP family of vehicles (CLS Worldwide Support Services, LLC, B-405298.2, et al., Sept. 11, 2012, 2012 CPD ¶ 257).
- Defended protest of DoD award valued at over $20 billion for a comprehensive managed health care program (TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corporation, B-401652.12, et al., July 2, 2012, 2012 CPD ¶ 191).
- Defended protests, litigated at GAO, challenging award of contract for the design and construction of federal buildings (TtEC-Tesoro, JV, B-405313, B-405313.3, Oct. 7, 2011, 2012 CPD ¶ 2; Sletten Companies, B-402422, Apr. 21, 2010, 2010 CPD ¶ 297).
- Defended over $240 million Department of Health & Human Services award for health insurance benefit administrative services against numerous challenges to the agency's technical, past performance, and cost evaluations and conduct of discussions (Highmark Medicare Servs., Inc.; Cahaba Gov't Benefit Adm'rs., LLC, Nat'l Gov't Servs., Inc., B-401062.5, et al., Oct. 29, 2010).
- Represented military healthcare provider in a GAO bid protest of the Department of Defense, TRICARE Management Activity's award of a $16 billion managed care service contract (Health Net Federal Services, B-401652.3, B-401652.5, Nov. 4, 2009, 2009 CPD ¶ 220).
- Represented prime contractor in a 10-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The dispute between the prime contractor and its subcontractor arose during performance of contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Defended international construction contractor in qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act relating to a U.S. government construction project in the Middle East.
As part of the firm's pro bono work with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), Peter has participated in delegations to Cote d'Ivoire and Trinidad and Tobago to assist in assessments of the feasibility of presidential debates as part of the campaign process.
Since 2000, Peter has worked in a senior capacity for the Commission on Presidential Debates, the non-partisan entity responsible for producing the general election presidential and vice presidential debates. In 2004, 2008, and 2012, he served as senior advisor to the Commission, where his portfolio included campaign negotiations and media relations. In 2008 and 2012, Peter also served as a spokesman for the Commission and appeared on numerous local and national broadcasts and was quoted widely in local and national newspapers, including the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.
Prior to attending law school, Peter directed the business development activities of SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBrief partners with leading trade associations and corporations to offer daily news content targeted to specific industries.