Susan Ebner Quoted in Law360 Article on New Federal Contracting Rule
Stinson LLP Partner Susan Warshaw Ebner was recently quoted by Law360 on a new regulation, which expands requirements of contractors to report on actual or suspect counterfeit items, as well as certain items with major or critical nonconformances, which they locate in their supply chains.
Contractors and subcontractors down the supply chain may be covered by this rule, issued in final form on November 22 by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council. Contractors and subcontractors that discover fraudulent counterfeit items in their Federal contract supply chain but fail to timely or accurately report on such findings risk being subjected to potential debarment or suspension proceedings, as well as damages under the Civil False Claims Act.
Susan said she recognized the council's desire to be tough on those that don’t report timely or accurately, but also noted that it is also important that the Council incentivize contractors to better ensure their prompt compliance with the rule. Susan also covers this new rule in more depth on the Government Contracting Matters blog.
Susan represents businesses and nonprofits on a broad spectrum of government contract and compliance matters, including bid protests, cyber security and supply chain risk, compliance program development and training, audits, investigations, claims, and dispute resolution. She also counsels clients on federal research and development-related matters, including small business innovation research, other transactions, technology investment agreements, cooperative agreements and grants.