March 05, 2019

Cybersecurity requirements, ethical issues among topics at ABA Public Contract Law conference

CHICAGO, March 5, 2019 — Legal experts will discuss significant federal procurement developments at the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law 25th Annual Federal Procurement Institute, March 13-15 at the Hotel Annapolis in Annapolis, Md.

Topics to be covered include the impact of war on claims litigation; best practices in spinoffs, divestitures and corporate integration; teaming arrangements; nontraditional government contracts; and bid protests and recent decisions impacting Court of Federal Claims’ jurisdiction.

What:              
25th Annual Federal Procurement Institute
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law

When:             
Thursday-Friday, March 14-15

Where:            
Hotel Annapolis
126 West St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Highlights of the program include:

“Cybersecurity Developments Affecting Government Contracting” — Government contractors are seeing more rigorous cybersecurity requirements being imposed by the government, increased audits and oversight, the potential for cybersecurity to be a competitive discriminator as well as the source of bid protests and supply chain management issues. This session will provide an overview of cybersecurity legal, regulatory and contractual developments.

Thursday, 2:15-3:45 p.m.

“Ethical Restrictions on Federal Employees/Counsel” Before they leave government service, departing federal employees must consider the bribery and illegal gratuities statute, the criminal conflict of interest statutes, the Procurement Integrity Act and the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended. Federal attorneys also must consider the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct’s tenets on Confidentiality of Information (Rule 1.6), Duties of Former Clients (Rules 1.9 and 1.11) and the relevant ethics code of conduct for their state bar in all future endeavors. This panel will explore both pre- and post-departure ethical obligations and restrictions, including restrictions on publishing and restrictions on outside endeavors. Panelists also will explore how ethical restrictions come into play in investigations and bid protests.

Friday, 3:15-5:15 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found here.

This event is open and free to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or Jennifer.Kildee@americanbar.org.

With 3,017 lawyer members, the ABA Section of Public Contract Law is committed to the improvement of the public procurement process and upholding the highest ethical and professional standards while providing a collegial forum of networking, sharing ideas and building consensus.      

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