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How to Become and Remain a Responsible Contractor

June 29, 2016.

Keith Gregory


Keith Gregory practices in the areas of general business matters, corporate, franchise and partnership disputes, and intellectual property and commercial litigation. He is an experienced litigator, with considerable background in intellectual property issues, licensing agreements, trade secret matters and Uniform Commercial Code issues, especially within the electronic components and semi-conductor industries. Keith serves on the SAE International AS6081 Committee, established to develop standards proscribing counterfeit parts avoidance requirements for independent distributors. Also, Keith acts as the outside compliance officer for companies that he has assisted establish and maintain ethics program.


Prime contractors and their sub-contractors all now face the requirement of establishing themselves as presently responsible contractors. This task is made even more difficult by the fact that no definition has been generated by any governmental agency allowing both prime contractors and their sub-contractors to have any idea as to what the government has established as factors to support their claims that they are presently responsible contractors. This presentation will offer a number of factors which prime contractors and their sub-contractors should use to support their claims that they are presently responsible contractors. Most of those factors are generated from D-FAR 9-406 which sets forth factors that are supposed to be used by debarring officials when determining whether or not to debar a company or individual. Other factors that will be offered are based upon industry wide standards that should be followed by these companies.

About Snell & Wilmer

Snell & Wilmer was founded in 1938 and is one of the largest law firms in the western United States. Clients include major national and multinational corporations, educational and research institutions, municipalities and government agencies, nonprofits, charitable organizations, industry executives and high-net-worth individuals. Snell & Wilmer is organized into more than five dozen practice areas, so that clients have easy access to attorney skills and knowledge specific to a particular business and industry. Yet many businesses face legal issues that require cross-practice experience. They have the resources to build teams of attorneys from different practice areas and locations who can work together seamlessly to solve the most complex legal challenges.