Government Contractor Breakfast - Federal Contractors: Don’t Get Caught with Your Pants Down

When:  May 8, 2018 from 07:00 AM to 09:30 AM (ET)
Associated with  Nation's Capital Chapter

Karen Harbaugh of Squire Patton Boggs will present: 

Federal Contractors Beware: Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down:

  • If you need to develop or improve your ethics and compliance program, this presentation will help you get one started or understand and evaluate how effective your current program is.
  • Learn how to avoid risking your public perception. The negative repercussions and scrutiny many companies underwent this past year are preventable by creating an internal ethics policy and compliance program to promote a culture of ethical conduct.
  • Having an internal ethical policy is the right thing to do, and in most cases, you can’t do business without a program in place. Hear more about what you risk if you don’t have one, including debarment and fewer contracts. 

Time:     Doors open at 7:00 AM, Speaker starts at 8:00 AM, done by 9:30 AM.


Location:   Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 1700, Tysons, VA 22182. Please check the 17th Floor receptionist to find our room, and get your parking validated.


Sponsor: Access National Bank is a Gold Sponsor of the Government Contractor Breakfasts, allowing us to host the events at the Tower Club for a reasonable price.


Registration Price:       $30 prepaid or $35 cash or check at the door. Either way, please preregister. Your advance registration helps us to ensure that the room size is adequate.


Benefits:              1 hour of CPE, along with a breakfast buffet.


IMA Government Contractor Breakfast Yahoo Group: - Read all about us here!


Speaker Biographies:


Karen R. Harbaugh, Partner, Washington DC 

Karen Harbaugh focuses her practice on US government contracts law. With more than 18 years of experience, Karen began her career working for a government contractor where she was responsible for drafting, negotiating and managing contracts, subcontracts, teaming agreements and consulting agreements, and otherwise administering prime contracts and subcontracts for the corporation’s hardware maintenance division. 


In 1998 Karen entered private practice focusing her practice on US government contracts. Karen has substantial experience representing and counseling defense industry, government services, cybersecurity and high-tech foreign and domestic clients at the federal, state and local levels concerning compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Department of Defense FAR Supplement and other agency supplements, General Services Administration multiple-award schedule contracting matters, security clearances, teaming agreements and subcontracts, contract claims, prime contractor-subcontractor disputes, Foreign Military Sales, and audits and investigations.


Karen has significant experience representing companies in all aspects of the bid protest process including debriefings, and has filed or defended many cases at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and various agencies and has handled some cases at the US Court of Federal Claims (COFC), US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Below are representative examples of Karen’s bid protest experience:

Ÿ            Successfully defended a network services company against multiple bid protests of a US$500 million information technology services contracts one of which was awarded to a client by the US Department of Defense. The protests included a “small business” size status at the Small Business Administration, a protest before GAO, as well as protests before COFC, and CAFC. In January 2013, we achieved complete victory for our client and, in the process, made new law clarifying the time requirements for filing solicitation protests.

Ÿ            Successfully brought a GAO protest of the Army's US$20 billion contract award resulting in the client receiving an IDIQ award.

Ÿ            Successfully brought a GAO protest of TSA’s award of a US$212 million contract, which resulted in the agency taking corrective action.


Karen has significant experience advising companies on the protection of the intellectual property rights in technical data, software and patents under government prime contracts and subcontracts.


Karen has conducted several internal investigations and responded to grand jury subpoenas for clients. She has handled several suspension and debarment cases. She also has been lead government contracts counsel on several M&A transactions. Karen has helped several companies develop and/or revise their code of business ethics, conduct and develop business ethics awareness and compliance programs, and provide in-house ethics training to comply with the requirements of the FAR.


Karen also provides advice to non-US companies regarding the regulatory barriers to enter or expand their operations in the US by clearing regulatory hurdles related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).


She is a member of the Professional Services Council, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Virginia State Bar. She was named part of the Legal Elite for 2009 by the readership of Washington SmartCEO. Karen served on the board of Suited for Change for more than five years.



Tower Club
8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 1700
Tysons, VA 22182