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March 05, 2021

Impact of COVID-19 is hot topic at virtual ABA Federal Procurement Institute

CHICAGO, March 5, 2021 — Legal experts, federal judges and government officials will discuss significant federal procurement developments at the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law’s 27th Annual Federal Procurement Institute, being held in virtual format March 10-12.

This year’s event features two keynote addresses: Brian Miller, special inspector general for Pandemic Recovery, at 3-4 p.m. ET on March 11; and Benjamin D. McMartin, managing partner of the Public Spend Forum, at 3-4 p.m. ET on March 12.

27th Annual Federal Procurement Institute
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law

Wednesday-Friday, March 10-12


Programs include:

“Statutory and Regulatory Changes Impacting the Government Contract Community” — This panel will tackle any significant changes that marked the opening months of the new administration. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Government Contracts Claims in the Age of Covid-19” — Panelists will discuss potential contractor claims and potential government defenses. Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m.

“The CARES Act Retrospective: How COVID-19 Relief Funding Impacted Government Contracting Compliance and Enforcement” – This panel will analyze how the CARES Act was implemented by the U.S. Small Business Administration and other federal agencies, including rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program and Section 3610 reimbursements for contractors. Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Supply Chain, Security, Domestic Preference Regulations and Requirements” – Panelists will present government, industry and outside counsel perspectives on recent updates on the following: Section 889 implementation; Establishment of the Federal Acquisition Security Council; Inclusion of supply chain risk management requirements; and Supply chain risk assessment and mitigation. Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m.

“Bid Protests at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Government Accountability Office” – This experienced panel of decision makers and attorneys will discuss the best and sometimes less successful ways of resolving bid protests, as well as emerging issues in the world of bid protest litigation. Friday. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Ethics from the Judicial Perspective” – This panel of judges will discuss their expectations and concerns about ensuring the integrity of their proceedings and ethical practices in their courtrooms. Friday, 1-2:30 p.m.

A complete agenda, including a list of panelists, can be found here. This event is free for members of the press. For media credentialing and registration, 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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