Photograph of Cherie J. Owen

Government Experience

  • Government Accountability Office—Office of General Counsel (2004-2016)

Education

  • Edinboro University, B.A. (2001) summa cum laude
  • Pennsylvania State University, J.D. (2004) summa cum laude, Woolsack Honor Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Penn State International Law Review

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Cherie J. Owen

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.
cowen@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2629
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Cherie Owen is a senior counsel in the Government Contracts group. Cherie counsels and represents clients in a wide array of government contracts issues, with a focus on bid protests at the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the United States Court of Federal Claims. As a former GAO bid protest hearing officer, she resolved some of the most challenging bid protests on procurements ranging from thousands to billions of dollars involving solicitation challenges, proposal evaluation challenges, organizational conflicts of interest, Procurement Integrity Act violations, affirmative responsibility determinations, the conduct of discussions, and competitive range determinations. In this role, Cherie held numerous bid protest hearings. At GAO she handled more than 600 protests and issued more than 500 decisions.

After serving for several years as a GAO bid protest hearing officer, Cherie was promoted to the position of Deputy Assistant Counsel for Procurement Law and eventually Acting Assistant General Counsel for Procurement Law. In this role, she supervised a team of GAO bid protest hearing officers. Cherie also served as a judge on the GAO Contract Appeals Board, where she resolved appeals of contracting officers’ final decisions regarding contract claims for legislative branch agencies.

Cherie is a thought leader on topics relating to bid protests and agencies’ use of their Other Transaction Authority (OTA) and holds several leadership roles in the ABA Public Contract Law Section and maintains an active pro bono practice.

Government Experience

  • United States Government Accountability Office, Office of General Counsel (2004-2016):
    • Acting Assistant General Counsel, Procurement Law (2016)
    • Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Procurement Law (2015-2016)
    • Judge, GAO Contract Appeals Board (2013-2016)
    • Senior Attorney, Procurement Law (2008-2015)
    • Staff Attorney, Legal Services Division (2004-2008)


Affiliations

Admissions

Admitted to practice: Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Law360 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board (2017, 2019)
  • Co-Chair, ABA PCLS Bid Protest Committee (2016-2019) & Diversity Committee (2015-2018)
  • Board of Governors, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association (2015-2018)


Speeches & Presentations

  • "OTAs and Intellectual Property: Hot Topics and New Developments," NCMA World Congress (July 2019). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Ten Things You Need to Know About Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs)," National Contract Management Association Webinar (May 2019). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Cost Analysis in Government Contracts," Public Contracting Institute (April 2019). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Oral Advocacy in Bid Protests: A Discussion of Oral Arguments at COFC and Hearings at GAO," American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Bid Protest Committee (April 2018). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Hot Topics and Trends in Bid Protest Practice and Procedure," American Bar Association Live Webinar (January 2018). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Introduction to Bid Protests", American Bar Association Live Webinar (November 2017). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Back to School: Protest Musings and Updates From Your Co-Chairs," American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Bid Protest Committee (September 2017). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Bid Protests and Solicitation Ambiguities," Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Government Contracting Summit (April 2017). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Proposal Evaluations: Cost Realism Evaluations," Public Contracting Institute Live Webinar (April 2017). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "The Most Important Bid Protest Decisions of 2016," American Bar Association Live Webinar (April 2017). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "GAO Bid Protests: Insights from an Insider," National Contract Management Association 35th Annual Government Contract Management Symposium, Washington, DC (December 2016). Speaker: Cherie J. Owen.


Publications

  • "Other Transactions: A Small Step for Public Contracting, a Giant Challenge for Protest Jurisdiction," The Procurement Lawyer (September 1, 2020). Co-author: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Bid Protest Pitfalls: Three Commonly Misused Arguments at GAO," The Procurement Lawyer (July 1, 2017). Author: Cherie J. Owen.
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Practical Guide for Resolving Government Contract Controversies," ABA Book Publishing (Third Edition, 2014). Co-author: Cherie J. Owen.