The Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) – the independent global trade association fostering the satellite servicing industry – hosted a webinar entitled Introduction to Federal Government Contracting, presented by Daniel Cook, Partner, DLA Piper (US), LLP, on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 1400 ET/2000 CET/0400 JST (Friday, February 16, 2024).

Every year, the U.S. Government spends tens of billions of dollars on space-related activities.  This creates significant opportunities for companies in the space sector, including satellite operators and launch service providers.  At the same time, however, navigating the complex federal procurement landscape can be challenging for both newcomers and seasoned government contractors alike.  With these considerations in mind, this presentation will cover the basics of federal government contracting, including the solicitation and bidding process, contract pricing, bid protests, and contract disputes.  Throughout this discussion, we will focus on the rules and requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) and best practices for ensuring compliance and limiting legal risk.  We will also touch on a number of key topics of particular relevance to companies in the space sector, including protection of intellectual property, Other Transactions Agreements (“OTAs”), cybersecurity compliance, and supply chain compliance.

Click here to view a recording of the program.