The Coalition for Government Procurement

Upcoming Events & Meetings Save The Date for These Upcoming Coalition Events! March 27 –

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Save The Date for These Upcoming Coalition Events!

  • March 27 – Webinar: Is Your Business “Essential” and Who Decides?

Is Your Business “Essential?”  Who Decides? What If Authorities Disagree? Are Government Contractors Unique?

Please join the Coalition for Government Procurement for our next COVID-19 webinar as we host the following presenters from Mayer Brown:

  • David Dowd, Partner Litigation, Government Contracts (Washington, D.C.)
  • Donald Falk, Partner Litigation, Supreme Court & Appellate (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Marcia Madsen, Partner Litigation, Chair, Government Contracts Practice (Washington, D.C.)
  • Andrew Tauber, Partner Litigation, Supreme Court & Appellate (Washington, D.C.)
  • Luke Levasseur, Counsel, Government Contracts (Washington, D.C.)

States, counties, and cities across the nation have adopted proclamations, orders, and other policies restricting business and other private activities to protect citizens from the spread of COVID-19. The requirements vary from state to state and from jurisdiction to jurisdiction within the same state.  State orders may differ from local orders, and enforcement varies depending on a particular government’s resources and priorities. Some directives require or encourage residents to stay home. Preventive measures such as social distancing are mandatory. And many businesses have been forced to close temporarily.

Strict as these orders are, they all exempt some businesses and activities as “essential.” Their employees continue to come to work and business goes on, and may even thrive.

This webinar will explore the restrictions, the exceptions, and the risks of this growing patchwork of laws, regulations and guidance aimed at slowing the pandemic—and how they affect business, particularly companies with important federal contracts.

Among other things, we will discuss:

  • The varying definitions of “essential.”
  • The authority of states and localities to impose restrictions and create exemptions.
  • The approaches to restrictions on business and residents in key DMV jurisdictions, as well as states with concentrations of federal business.
  • What are the risks to business if state and local jurisdictions disagree about which businesses and activities are “essential?”
  • Are federal contractors protected from state directives? On what basis?
  • Are there limits on federal authority to interfere with state directives and when do those come in to play?
  • Does the balance change if there is an outbreak in your facility?

Join us for insights into navigating the orders that affect your business.

Click here to register.


  • April 2 – Webinar: Part Two of the Coalition’s Federal Contractor’s COVID-19 Survival Guide

Back by popular demand, the Sheppard Mullin team returns for Part Two of the Federal Contractor’s COVID-19 Survival Guide.

No, the team cannot tell you how long you’ll have to stay in self-isolation, but, as this epidemic is a “live event,” they will provide an update on revised guidance issued by ]Federal agencies, contracting trends, and best practices developed as we all learn to adapt to the new COVID-19 normal.

As an added bonus, Part Two not only will address the many questions raised by attendees during Part One of the webinar, but also will include briefings on the cybersecurity and labor issues facing Federal contractors during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The webinar will be presented by Sheppard Mullin partners Jonathan AronieAnne PerryRyan Roberts, Townsend Bourne, and Denise Giraudo.  Topics covered will include (among other things):

  • Dealing with conflicting Agency “emergency” requests
  • Revised agency guidance on contracting methods, and procurement thresholds, purchasing programs, and telework;
  • Updated guidelines relating to DPAS-rated orders;
  • Best practices for processing and fulfilling state and local orders through GSA’s purchasing programs;
  • Guidelines for providing free products or services to the Government;
  • Labor issues facing Government contractors, including obligations under the WARN Act;
  • Tips for ensuring compliance with cybersecurity clauses in your Federal contracts and protecting your company from cyber incidents; and
  • Answering attendee questions from Part One.

The session is suitable for lawyers, contracts managers, business leaders, and ethics/risk officers.  We hope you can join us.

While this webinar will be complimentary for all Coalition Members, registration IS required.

To register, click here.


  • May 19 – Spring Healthcare Procurement Training Conference – Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA


  • May 20 – Spring Training Conference – Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA


  • August 19 – Joe Caggiano Golf Tournament – Whiskey Creek, Ijamsville, MD


  • October 21 – Fall Healthcare Procurement Training Conference – Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA


  • October 21 – Excellence in Partnership Awards – Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA


  • October 22 – Fall Training Conference – Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA

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