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Ethics in Federal Government Contracting and the ‘Revolving Door’

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Produced on July 13, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In addition to the ‘standard’ ethical rules to which all attorneys are held, lawyers in the federal contracting field face a broad array of regulations and unique scenarios that can create specialized ethical challenges and obligations. These particular issues are only further enhanced as attorneys move through the ‘revolving door’ from government service to private industry (or vice versa), or hold concurrent obligations by virtue of reserve duty with the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, or similar services.

This program will employ real-world scenarios to explore some of the unique ethical obligations and restrictions faced by government contracting attorneys from the perspective of government employees, private sector, and reservists.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct relate to the federal ethics laws applicable to government employees and procurement integrity requirements applicable to government contractors
  2. Analyze how these statutes and regulations apply in different real-world scenarios
  3. Provide practical guidance to spot hypothetical ethical issues in various scenarios and reduce attorneys’ risk of ethical violations

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Kirk Foster

HII Technical Solutions, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Kirk Foster joined the corporate Legal Team of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in June 2019, as the director of compliance for HII’s Technical Solutions Division (TSD) and senior counsel to the HII-Mission Driven Innovative Solutions (MDIS) business group in Fair Lakes, Virginia.  He advises the President of HII-TSD on compliance matters and supports the various TSD compliance counsel and managers on legal and regulatory compliance issues and strategies, and he also supports the business operations for HII-MDIS. He also supports the TSD Chief Information Officer on cyber and technology matters.

Prior to joining HII, Kirk served a 28-year career with the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served in a variety of senior legal counsel positions including the Pentagon, various Navy and Joint commands, at-sea deployments, as well as deployments to Iraq and Pakistan.

Kirk is a licensed member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth of Virginia (corporate admission).  He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Villanova University School of Law, and a master’s degree in environmental law from George Washington University School of Law.  Kirk also supports various non-profit organizations, and serves as a volunteer official on the Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee, and Technology Committee of Navy Federal Credit Union.

Erin Felix

Polsinelli PC

Erin Felix is a shareholder in the Government Contracts practice at Polsinelli PC in Washington, DC.  Erin managed complex contracts and subcontracts for a Tier 1 contractor for nearly 15 years prior to practicing law and draws upon her deep, hands-on business experience to provide practical solutions for clients in all facets of government contracting.  She advises traditional and nontraditional contractors and subcontractors on a wide array of acquisition issues, including data rights licensing, supply chain and cybersecurity, certified cost and pricing data concerns, and compliance programs. Erin also regularly represents clients in protests, disputes, and other administrative proceedings and counsels clients on export compliance issues.

Erin earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and received her Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Applied Science from the University of California San Diego.  She holds active bar memberships in California and the District of Columbia and court admissions in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims.

Bar Admissions:

California and Washington, DC


Joan C.

I enjoyed the combination of the two presenters with different backgrounds.

John B.

excellent presentation - strong use of examples

Joseph D.

great hypotheticals - thorough exposition (from what I could tell)

Paul S.

Excellent presentation!

Mark L.

Great job by both presenters! Particularly valued Admiral Foster's invaluable insights based on his years of service to the Country. Please thank him for his service and for this terrific presentation.

Kathryn A.

WOW!! This was THE best ethics presentation I've ever attended. Thank you for making it interesting, relevant and understandable.

Tom D.

Well done.

Elise K.

good program and faculty.

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