Background - Practices (Details)

Federal Grants & Government Procurement

Crowell & Moring's government contracts lawyers are both counselors and litigators across the entire public procurement spectrum, with unparalleled experience in contract formation issues and strategies, bid protests, contract interpretation and performance disputes, post-performance audits, investigations, and allegations of fraud.

Included in this experience is the unique world of federal grants, where we have counseled academic and research institutions on the intellectual property rights and other conditions imposed on the use of grant funds. Our firm has a sophisticated and deep bench of grants law practitioners, many of whom also practice in the traditional government contracts arena. We handle all aspects of grants law and compliance, including defending grantees in government investigations, audits, and suspension and debarment proceedings, as well as counseling with respect to cutting-edge legal issues such as intellectual property rights, ARRA funding issues, domestic sourcing restrictions, performance reporting, administration of subawards, program income, cost allowability and accounting, and conflicts of interest. Our practice includes assisting our grantee clients to establish or enhance their compliance programs, policies, and internal controls, and providing compliance training to management and boards of directors. For our university clients, we are a one-stop shop in all things grants and government contracts.

Representative Engagements

  • Counseled universities regarding cost accounting regulations and standards for U.S. Government contracts and grants, including labor charging practices, cost allocation methods, and statutory limits on the availability of funds.
  • Represented university in connection with Inspector General investigation of potential overbilling under federal government contracts and grants.
  • Represented university in connection with mandatory disclosures to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Represented university in dispute with prime contractor regarding claims for delay and non-payment.
  • Conducted review and analysis of conflict of interest issues raised by government agency that awarded large research grant.
  • On-going counseling with respect to university's obligations under an operation and management contract for a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, including Buy American and domestic preference requirements.
  • Advised university regarding potential protest under multiple federal government procurements.
  • Assessed risk of termination of contract with university and the Department of Health and Human Services.