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Litigation Lawyer Anthony Scalice Examines Pitfalls to Avoid in SDO Presentations


WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 -- In a Bloomberg BNA: Federal Contracts Report posted earlier this week, Baker Botts Litigation Associate, Anthony Scalice offers an analysis on how to approach a meeting with an agency Suspension and Debarment Official (SDO), and hopefully shape the scope of the meeting prior to the relevant issue even showing up on the SDO’s radar.

Throughout the article, Scalice provides six key points and their corresponding pitfalls to avoid in preparing for and meeting with an agency SDO. A few of these include:

  • A contractor responsibility analysis is a business decision
  • Take a proactive approach
  • The SDO office should not be treated like a litigation forum
  • SDOs want to hear from contractors, not attorneys

Scalice also notes the importance of contractors and counsel, “thinking about engaging with the applicable SDO at the earliest possible stage of any investigation or significant event that could potentially trigger a contractor responsibility analysis.”

To read the entire Bloomberg BNA: Federal Contracts Report, please click here.


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