Megan Jeschke is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Tysons office and a member of the Government Contracts Group and White Collar Defense and Investigations Team.
Ms. Jeschke represents individuals and corporations in heavily regulated industries facing administrative, civil and criminal enforcement actions by the government. Ms. Jeschke focuses on defense against criminal or civil actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) or qui tam relators under the civil False Claims Act (FCA). She also conducts internal investigations on matters related to procurement fraud, healthcare fraud, public corruption and procurement integrity (e.g. conflicts of interest, kickbacks, bribery, gratuities violations), and whistleblower reprisal. To ensure her clients' continued eligibility in federal programs, she negotiates suspension, debarment and exclusion proceedings, as well as provides advice on self-reporting protocols and mandatory disclosure rules.
Ms. Jeschke held a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) level security clearance and is experienced in conducting classified internal investigations and Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) cases.
Ms. Jeschke has particular experience with government contracting matters. She provides contractors with strategic advice regarding the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and compliance programs. She frequently handles bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), reverse Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) actions, size protests and status protests before the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Verification and Evaluation.
Ms. Jeschke has assisted teaching the White Collar Investigations, Enforcement and Business Risk Mitigation class at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Civil and Criminal False Claims Act (FCA) Defense: Representing government contractors, medical device companies, federal grantees, and pharmaceutical companies in FCA cases brought by the DOJ and/or qui tam relators for allegations related to inflated labor billing, GSA schedule violations (price reductions or trade agreements clauses), false size certifications, unnecessary medical services, organizational conflicts of interest, cost and pricing violations, upcoding, export control violations, nonconforming goods and services, fronting of 8(a) Business Development and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) companies, and kickbacks.
Public Corruption: Representing individuals and companies against allegations of public corruption such as bribery of government officials, honest services fraud, and gratuities violations.
Internal Investigations and Procurement Integrity: Conducting internal investigations and representation for contractors facing allegations regarding the FCA, Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) disclosures, International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) violations, the Anti-Kickback Act, Procurement Integrity Act violations, overbilling, improper timekeeping practices, proposal fraud or false representations, violations of price reductions clauses and most favored customer clauses, nondisclosure of organizational or personal conflicts of interest, SBA affiliation violations, fraudulent failure to meet contract or grant specifications, or cost accounting violations.
Healthcare Investigations and Healthcare Fraud: Conducting internal investigations and representation for medical device manufacturers, healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies facing allegations of upcoding, self-referrals in violation of the Stark Law, violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), providing unnecessary medical procedures or worthless services, and off-label promotion.
Responding to Civil Investigative Demands, Subpoenas and other Inquiries: Assisting companies and individuals in responding to requests for testimony, information or documents made through Civil Investigative Demands (CID), OIG subpoenas, grand jury subpoenas, GAO audits or congressional inquiries.
Suspension, Debarment and Exclusion: Representing companies proposed for debarment, suspended or excluded from participation in federal grants and contracts, or excluded from participation in federal healthcare programs, including coordination with suspension and debarment officials (SDOs) or OIG to preclude administrative liability in connection with criminal or civil settlements.
Protests: Representing contractors involved in protests of solicitations or contract awards to include agency-level protests, GAO protests and protests at the Court of Federal Claims.
Small Business: Representing contractors involved in size or status protests and proceedings before the SBA OIG, SBA area offices, SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), and VA Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE).
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