Government Investigations

A government or federal investigation is a serious matter. If the government decides to conduct a federal investigation into your company, that means you could be facing criminal charges. The first step in the federal criminal justice process is a federal investigation conducted by federal law enforcement agents who are investigating potential violations of federal law. The goal in a federal investigation is to determine whether a federal crime has been committed, who is responsible, and to collect all evidence relating to the misconduct.

Federal government contractors and employees face strict scrutiny when conducting business with the federal government. Understanding how to handle a government investigation and understanding your constitutional and statutory rights can be difficult. The government investigation attorneys at Ward & Berry PLLC can help you to form a team to fight for your rights. The federal investigation process can be complex and long, which is why it is imperative to have the right legal team on your side.

Why Hire Ward & Berry PLLC

Ward & Berry PLLC provides comprehensive representation to our clients during internal and government investigations. Our government investigation attorneys are experienced in navigating investigations initiated by the Offices of the Inspector General at federal and state agencies, Congressional committees, suspension and debarment officials, regulatory bodies, DCMA, and DCAA.

We also conduct internal investigations and advise our clients on potential reporting obligations. We play key roles on our clients’ strategic and crisis management teams.

Our experience conducting government investigations includes:

  • Counsel to Founder / Board Chairman of a prominent government contractor in suspension and debarment proceedings commenced by United States Air Force. Obtained favorable resolution of proceedings.
  • Prepared multiple defense contractors providing support to U.S. military operations in Afghanistan for testimony before the Commission on Wartime Contracting, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • Counsel to U.S. Secret Service agent and whistleblower in investigations stemming from Cartagena prostitution scandal.
  • Counsel to numerous federal contractors in investigations launched by agency Inspectors General, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS).
  • Conducted investigation on behalf of compound owner in Baghdad, Iraq, where criminal shooting spree resulted in multiple contractor fatalities.
  • Conducted investigation on behalf of U.S. contractor with operations in Afghanistan after employee was implicated in deaths of U.S. troops.
  • Conducted investigation of deaths of clients’ employees in a “friendly fire” incident with U.S. troops in Iraq.

If you are being subjected to a government investigation, contact our government investigation attorneys at Ward & Berry PLLC today. We are here to help you.

Why You Need a Government Investigations Attorney?

A government investigations attorney can help minimize the potential of facing severe criminal liability or hefty civil fines by helping clients with investigations launched by the Offices of the Inspector General at federal and state agencies, Congressional committees, suspension and debarment officials, regulatory bodies, DCMA, and DCAA.

Facing government investigations is part of the “cost of doing business” for even mature and well-managed government contractors. The vast array of subjects that government officials routinely investigate government contractors over include:

  • Government Contract Compliance
  • Representations/Certifications Compliance
  • Supervising of Subcontractors
  • Proprietary Data Protection
  • GSA Schedule Contract Obligations
  • Conflicts of Interest (OCI/PCI)
  • Procurement Integrity
  • Anti-Kickback Act
  • Business Systems Compliance
  • Record keeping
  • Security & the Performance of Classified Contracts
  • Counterfeit Parts & Supply Chain Issues
  • Government Property Issues
  • Human Trafficking
  • Gifts/Gratuities
  • Cost Accounting Standards Compliance
  • Certified Cost or Pricing Data
  • Cost Allowability
  • Cost Estimating
  • Incurred Cost Submissions
  • Export Controls
  • Small Business Status
  • Mandatory Disclosure
  • Sanctions List
  • Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts (BAA/TAA)
  • Specialty Metals
  • Information Security
  • Timekeeping
  • Mandatory Training for Employees
  • Anti-Discrimination
  • Revolving Door
  • Lobbying Restrictions

This (non-exclusive) list of compliance topics, and the finer points of fully cooperating in a government investigation can be daunting for even mature government contractors. That is why it is important to retain experienced government investigations counsel like Ward &
Berry. You don’t want to go through this alone.

Contact Us Today

Contact our government investigation attorneys in Washington, D.C., or Tysons, Virginia. If you need help with a government investigation it is critical to contact an experienced attorney at Ward & Berry PLLC as soon as possible. We are here to help you. Call us today at (202) 331-8160 or click here for our contact page.