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March 03, 2020

Mergers, cybersecurity requirements among topics at ABA Federal Procurement Institute

CHICAGO, March 3, 2020 — Legal experts will discuss significant federal procurement developments at the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law 26th Annual Federal Procurement Institute, March 11-13 at the Graduate Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, Md.

Topics to be covered include organizational conflicts of interest, the impact of mergers and acquisitions and alternative procurement vehicles. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment at the U.S. Department of Defense, is the keynote speaker at a ticketed luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Friday.

26th Annual Federal Procurement Institute
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law

Wednesday-Friday, March 11-13

Graduate Annapolis Hotel
126 West St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Highlights of the program include:

“From Due Diligence to Novation: Navigating the Legal and Cultural Impacts of Mergers & Acquisitions” — The trend toward consolidation, especially in the defense industry, continues unabated, with consequences for outside counsel, in-house counsel and government attorneys. M&A involving government contractors generates a host of specialized issues that the typical government contracting attorney may not be equipped to address. In addition, the merger of previously separate companies (and previously separate law departments) with different cultures presents its own set of challenges. This panel will discuss the government contracting expertise that should be included in the due diligence process prior to closing the deal, best practices for addressing post-closing legal issues and practical approaches to help smooth the way for culture change. Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m.

“Somebody is Watching: The Impact of Increased Government Oversight on Cybersecurity Compliance” — It’s rare to open the newspaper without reading about another company or government entity that has been the victim of a cyberattack. Not surprisingly, there is growing concern from within the government and in industry that the existing government contractor cybersecurity requirements are not working to adequately protect our nation’s important data. The Department of Defense has taken a leading role in formulating new policies addressing this important matter in government contracting. This panel will discuss recent changes to DoD’s cybersecurity compliance requirements and their potential impact on contractors. Thursday, 4-5:30 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 [email protected].

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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