Grand Jury Indictments for Federal Contractors

Government contractors facing federal investigations should understand the basics of grand jury indictments and how the criminal process can impact the company. When the federal prosecutors finish their investigation, they can bring further charges by moving for a federal grand jury indictment. This is a very stressful process. Small businesses… Read more »

Tips From HUBZone Fraud & False Claims Act Whistleblower Attorneys

Avoid Liability for HUBZone Fraud and False Claims Act Violations Small businesses seeking to avoid liability for HUBZone fraud should develop internal policies and controls that focus on compliance with SBA rules and regulations. More and more companies are finding themselves subject to False Claims Act violations and civil and… Read more »

Tips for Federal False Claims Act Elements & Defense

Establishing and proving False Claims Act defenses in government investigations and litigation can make the difference in winning or being an open target for prison time or hefty civil fines. The False Claims Act, 31 USC 3729, is the government’s favorite legal tool to prosecute and impose civil and criminal… Read more »

How to Defend a Qui Tam Lawsuit Involving Government Contracts?

By Theodore P. Watson, Esq Federal Contract Qui Tam Defense Lawyer.  Qui Tam lawsuits involving United States government contracts can be a traumatic experience. There are many targeted individuals and contractors who end up with guilty verdicts in criminal cases or paying thousands or millions in civil fines without even… Read more »

What is a Qui Tam Relator?

If you are planning on filing a Qui Tam lawsuit, the following information may help you to better understand the basics and ground rules.  Understanding what is a Qui Tam Relator is critical before hiring an attorney. What Does Qui Tam Mean? The Latin phrase “Qui Tam” is translated to… Read more »

Office of Investigations ( DOJ, SBA OIG Investigations) in Government Contracting

Avoid Costly Mistakes in Government OIG Investigations Theodore P. Watson, Esquire. As it relates to government contracting and federal procurement, various agencies have Office of Investigations departments, otherwise known as the Office of Inspector General (OIG), that conducts civil, criminal, and administrative investigations of procurement fraud involving federal government contracts,… Read more »

Buy American Act (BAA Construction Lawyers) Frequently Asked Questions

Act quickly if you are under investigation or worried about violating Buy American Act compliance requirements. Theodore P Watson, Esq – Practice Leader This section is only written to provide information to small businesses and larger federal government contractors regarding common issues and questions raised about the Buy American Act. If… Read more »

Does Your Case Meet the Government’s Debarred Definition?

What Does Debarred Mean? Debarment from government contracts means an action taken by a Federal agency or official to exclude a person or business entity from participating in transactions involving certain federal funds. Being debarred from government contracts also means the disqualification of a person or contractor to get invitations… Read more »