Workshop - Protecting Your Certifications, Understanding Actions that Can Lead to Decertification and What to do When the Government Knocks on Your Door

  • 31 Aug 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • McDonald Hopkins, 300 N. LaSalle, Chicago


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Whether you are a WBE, MBE, DBE, 8(a) or Veteran Owned Business OR you are a Large Company working with small businesses you are subject to government compliance with small business programs.  It is crucial to understand actions that your company takes in bidding contracts with goals, making statements and filing documents with the government to obtain small business certifications, meet participation goals and applying for payment based upon sworn statements.   This program will provide insight to preventing and participating in M/W/DBE and Veteran Fraud, what to do if you suspect fraud and how to properly handle a government investigation.  This program will be highly interactive and questions are encouraged.

Michelle Kantor and Richard Blake, partners at McDonald Hopkins LLC, will conduct an in-depth workshop for all contractors, prime and sub, on such important topics as: 

-  Understanding the Definition and Criteria for "Commercially Useful Function"

-  What Is/Is Not a Pass Through/Front Company?

-  Changes in company structure that can lead to Decertification or Suspension 

-   Types of conduct that can lead to criminal charges, suspension and debarment including,  prevailing wage violations, false Utilizations, kickbacks, M/W/DBE fraud, and collusion

-   Procurement Integrity and Ethics

-   What you should do if a company approaches you to “pass-through” a contract 

-    Steps to take to Protect Your Company from fraudulent WBE, MBE, DBE, Veterans, 8(a), WOSB  and others claiming certifications Steps to take if contacted by government officials/law enforcement

-   Federal False Claims Act and potential liabilities with government contracts

-    Steps to take if and when the Government comes “knocking at your door”

Michelle F. Kantor, Esq. is a Partner in McDonald Hopkins LLC and heads up the Government Contracting practice group for the firm nationwide.  Michelle is also General Counsel to FWC.    Michelle has more than 29 years experience practicing in federal and local government contracting, Procurement law, corporate law and small business program certifications. She works helps client with SBA 8(a), WOSB, HUBZone, SDVOSB, DBE, MBE and WBE certifications and appeals. 

Richard Blake is a Partner in McDonald Hopkins specializing in Government Compliance, Investigations, and White Collar Defense practice.  Richard has more than 28 years of experience in this area. He was formerly as a US Federal Prosecutor for numerous years.   Richard protects large and small businesses when the government comes knocking at your door

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