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    February 17, 2009  
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Drinker Biddle;

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Government contracts specialist Marcia Madsen of Mayer Brown isn't the type to say "I told you so." However, as chair of President Bush's Acquisition Advisory Panel from '05-'07, she alerted Washington to needed reforms—many implemented in the last two years—which are more important than ever with ballooning spending.


Her panel's report contained 80 recommendations aimed at correcting the 90's push for reduced contracting requirements and transparency. It called for a focus on competition (Congress responded by requiring more disclosure when competitive bidding wasn't invoked), beefed up personnel, and transparency to prevent abuse (more disclosure on pricing). It seems prescient now that the gov't is looking for cost-saving measures.


We suspect Marcia knows the Federal Acquisition Regulations by heart, but she broke a sample out just for show. The most controversial proposed amendment: that contractors self-report violations of the False Claims Act; failure to report can mean disbarment. It's the talk of the contracting world because private parties can enforce the rule and collect a bounty. Marcia says this could result in a huge litigation increase. (Congress is taking it up now, so stay tuned.)

They're Hiring!

You think it's a misprint, but we've found a practice group in DC that needs associates. Drinker Biddle's Indian Tribal Governments group is "casting its net" for talent, partner Paul Moorehead (above) tells us. The team (now at four with the recent pickup of counsel Brian Gunn) represents 30-40 tribes on transactional, environmental, lobbying and litigation matters. Paul, former chief counsel to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, has been looking for clients on the stimulus, telling us there are good provisions on housing, bridge maintenance, and healthcare.


Here's Paul showing us where he recently checked out a Navajo bean and potato farm which is hoping to attract a processing plant. (We're assuming Frito-Lay is on Paul's speed dial.) If that doesn't sound like big business, try this: Tribal land sits on $875B of oil and gas reserves. With the land also including the "Saudi Arabia of wind energy" in the upper plains, Paul says energy transactions will dwarf gaming revenue ($26B in '07). If he doesn't respond to your resume right away, don't take it personally—he and his wife are celebrating the birth of their third child, Helen Kate.

Meet Orrick's New Partner

Orrick's Darrin Glymph arrived two years ago from Hunton & Williams with public finance star Pauline Schneider. Not easy to do bond financing in this credit climate, but Darrin helped Orrick get rated #1 nationwide in '08 by The Bond Buyer. We took this photo right after he closed a $41 million bond deal that helps Brookings buy new digs. Other notable projects: tax-incentive deals for the Spy Museum and Mandarin Hotel.


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