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November 21, 2008
Presented by the NVTC General Counsel Committee with participation from the Business to Government Committee


Navigating the Compliance Environment for Government Contractors - How to Manage Risk, Stay Out of Trouble and Grow Revenue

The federal government is hot on the trail of fraud in contracting, and government contractors and their counsel face an increasingly tense compliance environment with new rules and increased competition. Although most companies have no intention of defrauding the government, even honest contractors can find themselves in trouble. A contractor can find itself entangled in a fraud investigation, False Claims Act litigation, or debarment. The best way to manage risk and deal with the problem of fraud is to prevent problems before they happen and know how to respond to crises when they arise.

The GC Committee has assembled a distinguished panel of experts to discuss fraud in contracting, the new ethics regulations, the reality about criminal investigations, the potential impact of debarment, and the company's perspective on risk management and competition in government contracting. This discussion will provide an instructive perspective on the new changes in the compliance environment and how to keep the company out of trouble and focused on increasing its revenues.

The Panel:

Plato Cacheris
is the recognized "Dean" of the white collar criminal defense bar in the Washington, D.C. area. He has many years of experience representing clients in cases of national importance. He is a partner at the law firm of Trout & Cacheris and will discuss how to best address such crises.

Mark Wilkoff is a Navy attorney with many years of unique experience in government contracting and regulatory law. He is currently the Chief of the Navy's anti-fraud unit and is the Navy's debarment and suspension official.

John W. Polk is a former Assistant United States Attorney and the former Director of Fraud Remedies for the Department of the Air Force. He is Special Counsel to Albo & Oblon, LLP and will discuss recent changes in the law impacting government contractors.

Seth Berenzweig, Managing Partner of the Government Contracts Group at Albo & Oblon, LLP, will moderate the panel and discuss how to use risk management as a marketing and revenue growth strategy.

Gold Sponsors: Albo & Oblon, LLP; Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, P.C.; Baker & McKenzie LLP; Hogan & Hartson, LLP
Morrison & Foerster, LLP; Pillsbury; Venable; Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Silver Sponsor: AH&T Insurance

Location:
The Tower Club Tysons Corner
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Suite 1700
Vienna, VA