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Government contracts

Government contracts law is comprised of all the statutes, cases, rules, regulations, and procedures with which any company must comply to do business with the government (whether municipal, state, or federal). Both small and large businesses contract with government entities -- in fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers resources to help small businesses obtain contract work -- but some contracts require large businesses in order to produce on a large scale. In any event, businesses contracting with the government face rules and regulations in virtually every aspect of making, performing, and eventually terminating a contract with an agency or department.

Since the set of laws and regulations covering government contracts is immense, complex, and constantly changing, it's usually in your best interests to contact an attorney specializing in government contracts law early in the process. Many of these rules were put in place to avoid favoritism and to give all bidders fair access to be awarded a contract. Additionally, the competitive bidding process is intended to ensure the lowest price for certain goods.

Terms to Know

·         Appropriation: In governmental accounting, an expenditure authorized for a specified amount, purpose, and time.

·         Bid Protests: The General Accounting Office (GAO) forum for bidders seeking federal government contracts who believe that a contract has been (or is about to be) awarded in violation of the law.

·         Comptroller General: The accounting officer of the U.S. who investigates financial claims against or on behalf of the government.

·         Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FARs): Regulations established to codify uniform policies for acquisition of supplies and services by executive agencies.

·         General Accounting Office (GAO): The federal government office that carries out legal, accounting, auditing, and claims settlement functions with respect to government programs and operations.

How an Attorney Can Help with Government Contracts

When a business sells goods or services to a government agency, the government always has the "home-court" advantage, since its own peculiar laws and rules apply to the contract. Despite this advantage, many small and large businesses have done extremely well selling to the government year after year, typically through the help of attorneys with expertise in government contract law.

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Barbara Billiot Stage
Barbara Billiot Stage
42

P.O. Box 562747, Rockledge, FL 32956-2747

Bar #42467(FL)     License for 2007 years

Practice Areas: Business | Civil rights | Government contracts | Personal injury | Real estate
Jeffrey Charles Lynne
Jeffrey Charles Lynne
36

2385 Executive Center Drive Suite 250, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Bar #116556(FL)     License for 1997 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Civil rights | Constitutional | Government contracts | Health care | Real estate
John Clint Wallace
John Clint Wallace
30

209 E Brevard Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Bar #59590(FL)     License for 2008 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Government contracts | Litigation | Medical malpractice | Personal injury
Anne Dalton
Anne Dalton
19

2044 Bayside Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33901-3102

Bar #852960(FL)     License for 1990 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Arbitration | Business | Contracts and agreements | Corporate and incorporation | Entertainment | Government contracts | Mediation
Daniel Jon Woodring
Daniel Jon Woodring
14

111 N. Calhoun Street Suite 9, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Bar #86850(FL)     License for 1996 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Appeals | Arbitration | Business | Civil rights | Constitutional | Government contracts | Government | Internet | Litigation | Mediation
Anthony Leonard Conticello
Anthony Leonard Conticello
12

2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy Ste D4 358, Tallahassee, FL 32309-6892

Bar #132550(FL)     License for 1998 years

Practice Areas: Elder law | Estate planning | Government contracts | Health care | Intellectual property | Litigation
Lori K Weems
Lori K Weems
12

114 Palmetto St. Ste. 8, Destin, FL 32541

Bar #85431(FL)     License for 1996 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Appeals | Civil rights | Constitutional | Elder law | Estate planning | Government contracts | Guardianship | Litigation | Medical malpractice | Personal injury | Real estate | Transportation
Omid Mir Ghaffari-Tabrizi
Omid Mir Ghaffari-Tabrizi
10

902 Clint Moore Road Suite 124, Boca Raton, FL 33487

Bar #43971(FL)     License for 2007 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Business | Entertainment | Expungement | Government contracts | Immigration | Intellectual property | Personal injury | Wrongful death
Michael James Entin
Michael James Entin
9

1 E Broward Blvd # 925, Fort Lauderdale, FL 333011804

Bar #270261(FL)     License for 1979 years

Practice Areas: Business | Civil rights | Criminal defense | Entertainment | Government contracts | Insurance | Litigation | Mediation | Medical malpractice | Personal injury
Hayden Rumberger Dempsey
Hayden Rumberger Dempsey
8

101 East College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301-7742

Bar #14435(FL)     License for 1994 years

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Government contracts | Government | Health care | Insurance | Litigation
Andrew Jason Foti
Andrew Jason Foti
7

300 SW 1st Ave Ste 150, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1880

Bar #15241(FL)     License for 2005 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Government contracts | Litigation
Charles Paul-Thomas Phoenix
Charles Paul-Thomas Phoenix
6

551 S. Collier Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Marco Island, FL 34145

Bar #535591(FL)     License for 2001 years

Practice Areas: Banking | Business | Government contracts | Mergers and acquisitions

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