Federal Contracting Seminar

NASBP’s Federal Construction Contracting Seminar Highly Successful

NASBP President Susan Hecker welcomed the seminar participants and introduced the seminar speakers. Sitting at the panelist table, from left, are attorneys from the law firm of Peckar & Abramson Mike Zisa, Adrian Bastianelli, Paul Monte, and Lori Ann Lange.  

If you did not attend NASBP’s highly successful Federal Construction Contracting Seminar on June 11, then you missed out on an intensive and valuable exploration of the hottest issues in federal contracting, with robust audience participation. The seminar was presented by experienced and knowledgeable construction, government contracts, and surety attorneys from the national law firm of Peckar & Abramson--Adrian Bastianelli, Michael Cox, Lori Ann Lange, Paul Monte, and Mike Zisa. Two dynamic speakers from the Small Business Administration (SBA), one from the Office of Government Programs and the other a Special Agent from the Office of the Inspector General, rounded out the agenda.

Pictured, from left, are Michael Cox, Mike Zisa, and NASBP General Counsel Martha Perkins. Standing in the background are Adrian Bastianelli, Paul Monte, and Lori Ann Lange. 

The Seminar topics included the following:

Fraud: The New Mantra of Federal Contracting and How It Will Affect the Surety Industry
Key Elements of Joint Venture Agreements and Mentor-Protégé Agreements that Will Keep Your Client
Out of Trouble
The Proposed Federal Small Business Regulations and How They Will Impact Federal Contracting
The Inspector General’s View of Fraud in the Construction Industry
Problems that One Lawyer Encounters Daily in Negotiating Joint Venture Agreements
Examples of Problem Joint Venture Clauses and Fraud that You Would Not Suspect is Fraud

The audience of bond producers, surety company personnel, and contractors received direct insights from attorneys on the front line of managing risks and handling cases, along with personal insights from SBA professionals who addressed important new regulations and the uptick in enforcement actions.

The fall issue of NASBP’s Surety Bond Quarterly will feature a longer article on this seminar, with the takeaway points from the seminar provided for your consideration.

If you did not attend NASBP’s June 11, 2015 seminar, plan to attend the next one NASBP offers, which will be announced in the next few months.


Matt Cashion asked the speakers questions during a break. Pictured, from left, are Adrian Bastianelli, Kenneth Dodds, Lori Ann Lange,  and Matt Cashion. Dodds is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is the Director of Policy, Planning and Liaison at the SBA.