Daniel R. Forman is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and is co-chair of the firm's Government Contracts Group.
Dan's practice focuses on a wide variety of government procurement law, including bid protests, False Claims Act and qui tam litigation, investigations of potential civil and criminal matters, ethics and compliance, contract claims and disputes, GSA schedule contracting, and small disadvantaged business contracting. Dan is also experienced in negotiating and drafting teaming agreements and subcontracts, as well as providing counseling on the interpretation of FAR clauses and solicitations. Dan's practice also focuses on state and local procurement matters, including State False Claims Act issues, lobbying and contingency payment compliance. He has been involved in bid protest litigation in six states and the District of Columbia. Dan has been named one of the top lawyers in the government contracts field by Chambers USA.
Representative engagements include:
Published GAO Bid Protest Decisions
- The Emergence Group, B-404844.7, 2012 CPD ¶ (Feb. 29, 2012). GAO sustains protest brought by C&M challenging award of five contracts by the Department of State for criminal justice program support, finding that the agency's past performance evaluation was unreasonable and deviated from the solicitation's evaluation scheme.
- TriCenturion, Inc.; SafeGuard Svs., LLC, B-406032 et al., 2012 CPD ¶ 52 (Jan. 25, 2012). In a procurement for fraud detection services conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS"), GAO sustains protest filed by C&M, finding that CMS failed to (1) conduct a reasonable evaluation of the awardee’s proposed labor costs; (2) respond to the protester's challenges to the technical evaluation; and (3) produce documentation or otherwise explain how it evaluated the relevance of each offeror’s past performance.
- The Emergence Group, B-404844.5 et al. (Sept. 26, 2011). GAO sustains protest brought by C&M, finding that the Department of State failed to reasonably evaluate technical and past performance proposals in procurement for criminal justice program support.
- SafeGuard Svs., LLC, B-404910, 2011 CPD ¶ 132 (June 28, 2011). GAO sustains protest by C&M challenging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' ("CMS") decision to disqualify client because one of its subcontractors was late in submitting its final proposal on the grounds that CMS did not first determine whether the client’s proposal was acceptable without the subcontractor's submission.
- Rapiscan Systems, Inc., B-401773 et al., 2010 CPD ¶ 60 (Mar. 15, 2010). Successfully protested task order award under the FSS for vehicle and cargo inspection systems where awardee included price for non-FSS items in the price of FSS items.
- McKissack+Delcan JVII, B-401973 et al., 2010 CPD ¶ 28 (Jan. 13, 2010). Successfully protested agency's rejection of JV's proposal for program management oversight services where the agency lacked any reasonable basis for its determination that the JV's accounting system was unacceptable.
- Public Communications Services, Inc. – Costs, B-400058.4, 2009 CPD ¶ 131 (June 25, 2009). GAO recommends 100% reimbursement of claimed legal fees.
- Nortel Government Solutions, Inc., B-299522 et al., 2009 CPD ¶ 10 (Dec. 30, 2008). GAO sustains protest, finding that where awardee will be required to review and provide input on designs proposed by itself under separate contract with same agency, agency unreasonable failed to determine the extent of the awardee's OCI and unreasonably concluded that the awardee's mitigation plan was acceptable.
- Public Communications Services, Inc., B-400058 et al., 2009 CPD ¶154 (July 18, 2008). GAO rejects agency argument that it has no jurisdiction to hear protest of no-cost contract and sustains protest where the agency's price and technical evaluations were unreasonable, deviated from the RFP, and reflected unequal treatment.
- Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., B-292476, 2003 CPD ¶177 (Oct. 1, 2003). Successfully protested agency's affirmative determination of responsibility where record shows that the Contracting Officer failed to adequately consider information about the awardee's record of integrity and business ethics.
- Eurest Support Services , B-285813 et al., 2003 CPD ¶ 139 (July 3, 2001). Successfully protested award of fixed-price incentive contract where agency failed to properly assess realism of awardee's low proposed target price.
- Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego, B-287190 et al., 2001 CPD ¶ 110 (May 25, 2001). Successfully protested sole-source award where record shows that agency did not provide protester with an accurate statement of its needs, and, therefore, failed to give protester an opportunity to demonstrate ability to meet agency's requirements.
- BAE Systems, B-287189 et al., 2001 CPD ¶ 86 (May 14, 2001). Successfully protested cost comparison conducted under OMB Circular A-76 where the agency did not reasonably determine that the in-house plan satisfied the performance work statement.
- XTec, Inc., B-405505, 2011 CPD ¶ 249 (Nov. 8, 2011). GAO denies protest challenging non-competitive issuance of task order under the Federal Supply Schedule ("FSS") to client by GSA for a shared service solution for an end-to-end system to issue and maintain common identification cards for government and contractor personnel, finding that the award was a logical follow-on to a prior FSS task order that had been subject to competition.
- TtEC-TESORO, JV, B-405313 et al., 2012 CPD ¶ 2 (Oct. 7, 2011). GAO denies protest challenging award by the U.S. Coast Guard to C&M client for design/build construction project, finding that the record evidenced an evaluation and award decision that were reasonable and in accordance with the solicitation.
- Smiths Detection, Inc.; American Science and Engineering, Inc., B-402168 et al., 2011 CPD ¶ 39 (Feb. 9, 2011). GAO denies protest challenging award to C&M client by Department of Homeland Security for high energy mobile X-Ray systems, finding that protest allegations reflected mere disagreement and that the agency reasonably determined that the client’s proposal was technically superior and conducted a reasonable price realism evaluation.
- XTec, Inc.; Computer Literacy World, Inc., B-299744 et al., 2007 CPD ¶ 148, 2007 CPD ¶ 154 (Aug. 6, 2007). Successfully defended protests of award for HSPD-12 contract under the Federal Supply Schedule, rejecting protesters' arguments that all required products had to be on the APL at the time of proposal submission.
- Indtai Inc., B-298432.3, 2007 CPD ¶ 13 (Jan. 17, 2007). Successfully defended protest challenging agency's consideration of past performance of proposed subcontractors and agency's price analysis.
- Standard Communications, Inc., B-296972, 2005 CPD ¶ 200 (Nov. 1, 2005). Successfully defended against protest challenging agency's past performance evaluation, price evaluation, and best value decision.
- Marine Hydraulics International, Inc., B-291594.3, 2003 CPD ¶ 220 (Oct. 3, 2003). Successfully defended protest challenging agency's decision to increase protester's proposed staffing levels for cost evaluation purposes, and agency's conduct of meaningful discussions.
- Rome Research Corp., B-291162, 2002 CPD ¶ 209 (Nov. 20, 2002). GAO denies protest where agency's evaluation was reasonable and consistent with RFP evaluation scheme.
- Avalon Integrated Services Corp., B-290185, 2002 U.S. Comp. Gen. LEXIS 104 (July 1, 2002). GAO denies protest, finding that task order does not exceed scope of awardee's FSS contract and agency was not required to conduct discussions.
- Hubbell Electric Heater Co., B-289098, 2002 CPD ¶ 15 (Dec. 27, 2001). Successfully defended against protest challenging agency's decision to select higher-priced offeror where protester failed to adequately address compliance with quality assurance standards.
Court of Federal Claims Protest Decisions
State and Local Bid Protests
- Protested award by California for Medicaid claims processing system.
- Defended award by Florida to telecommunications carrier for dedicated network for state government agencies.
- Protested award by Orange County, Florida for telecommunications services.
- Protested award by Colorado for welfare enrollment services.
- Protested award by North Carolina for IT equipment and services.
- Defended against protest challenging contract award by D.C. to construct and manage convention center hotel.
Government Contracts Investigations
- Represented major aerospace manufacturer in connection with espionage investigation.
- Represented major aerospace manufacturer in investigation regarding potential export violations.
- Represented major telecommunications carriers in connection with investigations into tax charges to federal government customers.
- Represented major building automation corporation in connection with investigation into compliance with GSA schedule price reduction requirements.