Understanding the New FAR Contractor Ethics and Compliance Requirements

National Contract Management Association, Tysons Corner Chapter
February 20, 2008
Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350
Vienna, VA 20182

Understanding the New FAR Contractor Ethics and Compliance Requirements: Compliance Programs are No Longer Voluntary

This program is designed to teach and help companies involved in Federal contracting or subcontracting to understand the new FAR requirements, when they apply, and how to comply with them in a cost-effective manner when they do. This seminar will also help you understand the proposed amendments regarding mandatory self-reporting that are on the horizon. Our panel of experts will identify key issues and concerns with this regulatory change and offer valuable tips and information regarding how to establish a good, effective system that would help to protect your company against this new exposure.

Attendees will learn:

  1. Existing Compliance Requirements/Recommendations and Current Enforcement Initiatives;
  2. The New FAR Requirement: Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (FAR Case 2006-007), including when it applies, what it requires, how it will be enforced, flow down requirements, and practical issues related to implementation;
  3. The Pending FAR Proposal: Contractor Compliance Program and Integrity Reporting (Case 2007-006), including what it will require and how it may erode important legal protections for contractors; and
  4. Effective Compliance Measures and Techniques, including risk assessment, code of conduct, company culture, training and education, monitoring and auditing, and implementation and integration into business units.

The program will be presented by Christopher A. Myers, Andrew Stephenson, and David S. Black of Holland & Knight LLP's Government Contracts Team. Mr. Myers is a former federal prosecutor, and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional who assists clients in the design and implementation of compliance programs, internal investigations and defense against government investigations. Mr. Stephenson heads Holland & Knight's Construction Industry Practice Group and assists Federal contractors and subcontractors in the development of ethics and compliance programs. Mr. Black is a Partner in Holland & Knight's Government Contracts Group, a Past-President of NCMA Tysons (2005-06), and represents government contractors in all aspects of government contract law, including compliance programs.

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