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Terminations & Past Performance: How to Protect Yourself on Federal Government Jobs

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Produced on July 27, 2017

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Course Information

Time 65 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In this program, taught by Maria Panichelli and Amy Kirby from the Federal Contracting Group at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, you will learn how to assist clients with government terminations. The program will explain the key differences between terminations for convenience (T4Cs) and terminations for default (T4Ds), and how to assist your clients if terminations arise.

This course will also cover how to submit T4C proposals, and how to challenge or convert wrongful T4D decisions against your clients. Finally, the program will cover contractor past performance evaluations and the process for challenging a negative review.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explain key differences between terminations for convenience (T4C) and terminations for default (T4D)
  2. Understand how to submit T4C proposals and challenge wrongful T4D decisions
  3. Evaluate contractor past performance and understand how to challenge a negative review 

Credit Information

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Amy M. Kirby

City of Philadelphia

AMY M. KIRBY is a Deputy City Solicitor in the Affirmative and Special Litigation Department for the City of Philadelphia. 

Maria L. Panichelli

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

Maria is a partner and the Chair of the Government Contracting department. She focuses her practice exclusively on federal government contracting and procurement, guiding her clients throughout the entire lifecycle of their federal contracts. She provides comprehensive legal counseling that allows her clients to successfully navigate the complicated legal requirements related to federal contracting while fulfilling their own business goals.

Maria’s prior legal experience in corporate litigation and risk management counseling has given Maria a unique perspective. Recognizing that a client must focus on what is best for business, her goal is to never unilaterally dictate strategy. She seeks to provide clients with the legal advice they need to make the right business decision. To that end, she works with her clients, providing counseling on the law while simultaneously being counseled by the client about their particular business needs. Maria works to find a solution that not only solves a client’s legal issues, but advances that client’s business plan and is consistent with that client’s mission.

In her free time, Maria is an avid world traveler. Traveling to a new destination, doing a history tour, and then meeting locals and talking to them about their history, culture and current events is her ideal vacation. When she’s not on the move, she can still be found eagerly researching her next destination and its culture, religion, customs, and history.


Maria’s practice includes pre- and post-award bid protests, contract interpretation and performance counseling, the preparation of Requests for Equitable Adjustment and Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claim litigation, statutory and regulatory compliance counseling, resolution of subcontractor disputes (including the negotiation of liquidating agreements, and the use of pass-through claims and Miller Act bond claims), contract terminations, and all aspects of small business procurement. She has represented a wide variety of government prime and subcontractors including construction contractors, information technology and information system contractors, medical staffing contractors, advisory and assistant services contractors, security contractors, dredging contractors, environmental remediation contractors, and suppliers. Her clients are located, and work, both across the United States and abroad.

Having acquired substantial experience with the government’s 8(a), SDVOSB, WOSB and HUBZone small business programs in particular, Maria provides effective assistance to clients applying for small business certification, or competing for small business program set-aside contracts. She routinely assists clients with eligibility analyses and certifications, has successfully challenged negative agency findings with regard to clients’ SDVOSB, HUBZone and 8(a) eligibility, and has successfully defeated size and status protests brought by clients’ competitors. Maria has considerable experience drafting teaming and joint venture agreements, as well as helping clients navigate the SBA Mentor-protégé programs. Maria advises small business clients with regard to potential affiliation and control problems, as well as subcontracting requirements. Her small business practice also involves drafting corporate governance documents that will comply with small business program eligibility requirements.

Maria has represented her clients before numerous federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Contract Boards of Appeals as well as the Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other state and federal courts. Though her practice is not limited to construction alone, Maria has substantial experience with a wide range of construction related issues such as: defective designs; defective specifications; differing site conditions; express, implied and constructive changes; suspensions; delays; and liquidated damages. 


Dona R.

One of the best courses I have taken. Both presenters packed a wealth of information this short course. The subtopics were both comprehensive and easy to follow. I walked away feeling substantially more knowledgeable about the issues that can arise with government contracts and how to address them.

Judy C.

Very professional.

Rick L.

No mention of the involvement of the performance bond surety. Always an interesting and inescapable aspect. All in all, nicely done.

Isaiah K.

Very practical. Thank you.

R. Christopher R.

Timely and exactly what we needed to learn at the right time

T. O.

Very good program: well presented by two knowledgeable attorneys. Thank you

Rose L.

Maria and Amy provide some of the best CLE for government and procurement topics. They always stay on point and do not dumb the material down to a beginner level to fill time. I have done both beginner classes and more advance classes with them and they always tailor the material to the audience so it is useful.

Richard R.

Outstanding faculty who make a great team presenting together!!!!!!

Ronald B.


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