Robert J. Sneckenberg, Associate Washington, D.C.
rsneckenberg@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2874
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Rob Sneckenberg represents government contractors in wide-ranging litigation and administrative matters, including bid protests, contract claims, suspension and debarment proceedings, and civil and criminal fraud investigations under the False Claims Act. He has personally argued bid protests before both the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has participated in numerous Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) hearings.

Rob is very active in Crowell & Moring’s pro bono program, litigating civil and administrative cases involving the protection of civil liberties and children’s rights to a free and appropriate public education.

Rob received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as an editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. While at GW Law, Rob also interned at the COFC for the Honorable Susan G. Braden and at the Department of Justice's Commercial Litigation Branch. Rob received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

Published Bid Protest Wins as Protester

  • Represented a Department of Education contractor in protesting a series of task order awards.  After the COFC initially dismissed the protest, Rob successfully argued an appeal to the Federal Circuit, which reversed and remanded.  See Coast Prof’l, Inc. v. United States, 828 F.3d 1349 (Fed. Cir. 2016).  On remand, the agency took corrective action and awarded the contractor a task order. 
  • Successfully protested—three separate times—flawed U.S. Army awards for mission test support services.  See, e.g., TRAX Int’l Corp.-Costs, B-410441.8, Aug. 17, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 226.
  • Overturned a roughly $500 million sole-source award for firefighting airtanker services.  See Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc. et al., B-409356.2 et al., Mar. 31, 2014, 2014 CPD ¶ 106.

Published Bid Protest Wins as Intervenor

  • Successfully defended the Defense Health Agency’s $17.7 Billion award for managed care support services under the Department of Defense TRICARE program.  See UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Servs., LLC v. United States, 132 Fed. Cl. 529 (2017); Unitedhealth Military & Veterans Servs., LLC et al., B-411837.2 et al., Nov. 9, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 329.
  • Successfully defended against GAO and COFC protests challenging a contract for stevedoring services in Kuwait.  See Cargo Transp. Sys. Co. v. United States, No. 16-1481C, 2017 WL 1406862 (Fed. Cl. Apr. 20, 2017); Cargo Transp. Sys. Co., B-411646.6, B-411646.7, Oct. 17, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 294.
  • Successfully defended a Defense Commissary Agency award for fresh fruits and vegetables against both GAO and COFC protests.  See Raymond Express Int’l, LLC v. United States, 124 Fed. Cl. 79 (2015); Raymond Express Int’l, LLC, B-409872.3 et al., Sept. 11, 2015, 2015 CPD ¶ 265.

Published ASBCA Wins

  • Won rare appeal involving pricing of commercial items transferred between a contractor’s commonly controlled subdivisions.  See A-T Sols., Inc., ASBCA No. 59338, 17-1 BCA ¶ 36,655.
  • Won summary judgment as to entitlement in long-running dispute involving energy savings performance contract (ESPC).  See Honeywell Int’l, Inc., ASBCA No. 57779, 15-1 BCA ¶ 36,121.
  • Awarded quantum valebant and quantum meruit damages for goods and services provided under implied-in-fact contract.  See Honeywell Int’l, Inc., ASBCA No. 57779, 17-1 BCA ¶ 36,820.

Unpublished Matters

  • Counseled clients regarding cost accumulation and allocation issues in connection with DCAA, DCMA, and other government inquiries.
  • Convinced various federal agency suspension and debarment officials to lift suspensions of firm clients by demonstrating conclusive evidence of present responsibility.
  • Conducted internal investigations involving, inter alia, mandatory disclosure and False Claims Act considerations.


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Member: American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law



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