On Oct. 6, the Department of Justice announced a new Civil Fraud Cyber Initiative to “combine the department’s expertise in civil fraud enforcement, government procurement and cybersecurity to combat new and emerging cyber threats to the security of sensitive information and critical systems.”

Read on for details and analysis of this new enforcement initiative and what it means for federal contractors.

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Photo of Abram J. Pafford Abram J. Pafford

Abe is an experienced litigator who represents government contractors across the full spectrum of government contract matters, including litigation, appeals, administrative proceedings and investigations. As a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar department, Abe prosecutes claims arising under…

Abe is an experienced litigator who represents government contractors across the full spectrum of government contract matters, including litigation, appeals, administrative proceedings and investigations. As a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar department, Abe prosecutes claims arising under the Contract Disputes Act, defends against False Claims Act lawsuits initiated by the Department of Justice, and represents protestors and intervenors in pre-award and post-award bid protests before the United States Court of Federal Claims and the GAO.

Photo of Jason M. Vespoli Jason M. Vespoli

Jason focuses his practice on federal and state procurement, government technology, bid protests and government contract disputes, and regulatory compliance. He utilizes experience in state government, government technology, and complex procurement to solve problems in innovative and efficient ways.

Photo of Michael J. Podberesky Michael J. Podberesky

Michael Podberesky, a former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Fraud Section, is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department and co-chair of the False Claims Act Investigations, Litigation and Enforcement team. Employing…

Michael Podberesky, a former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Fraud Section, is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department and co-chair of the False Claims Act Investigations, Litigation and Enforcement team. Employing his extensive experience with False Claims Act cases in the healthcare and defense sectors, Michael represents clients confronting high-stakes government investigations and litigation arising from allegations of healthcare and procurement fraud and also counsels clients regarding compliance issues.

Photo of R. Andrew Austria R. Andrew Austria

Drew’s practice focuses on representing corporate and individual clients in connection with government investigations, internal investigations, civil litigation, and white collar defense.

Photo of Andrew Konia Andrew Konia

Andrew’s practice is singularly focused on protecting clients’ businesses and data, anticipating disputes, and strengthening their competitive position in the marketplace.

Photo of Edwin O. Childs Edwin O. Childs

As a leader of the firm’s Defense, National Security and Government Contracting industry team, Ned Childs is a government contract and investigations and enforcement attorney who represents companies across a wide range of sectors, including the defense, services, technology, and aerospace industries.

McGuireWoods LLP

At McGuireWoods, we deliver quality work, personalized service and exceptional value. We use technology to provide efficient legal solutions and employ a diverse workforce to bring real-world and innovative perspectives to meeting our clients’ needs. With 1,100 lawyers and 21 strategically located offices…

At McGuireWoods, we deliver quality work, personalized service and exceptional value. We use technology to provide efficient legal solutions and employ a diverse workforce to bring real-world and innovative perspectives to meeting our clients’ needs. With 1,100 lawyers and 21 strategically located offices worldwide, McGuireWoods uses client-focused teams to serve public, private, government and nonprofit clients from many industries, including automotive, energy resources, healthcare, technology and transportation.