Richard Arnholt advises companies, large and small, on the complex rules and regulations applicable to grants and contracts from federal and state governmental entities. In an era of increased budgetary pressures for contractors, Richard focuses his practice on providing practical business and legal guidance to help clients efficiently navigate the minefield of government procurement and grant regulations. Richard has experience assisting companies and individuals faced with potential exclusion from federal contracting by advising them through suspension and debarment proceedings before various government agencies, including the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy; Defense Logistics Agency; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); General Services Administration; and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Richard also represents government contractors in mediation and litigation on the state and federal levels.
American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law
In January 2019, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) dismissed a pre-award protest Bass, Berry & Sims filed on behalf of an 8(a) small business joint venture client after receiving notice from the State Department that the agency was taking corrective action in response to the protest grounds.
Ongoing representation of B&O Joint Venture, LLC (B&O JV), an 8(a) small business joint venture, in multiple actions relating to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) award to B&O JV of vital maintenance services supporting ongoing training of federal law enforcement officials at FLETC’s Glynco, Georgia facility
Alpha-Omega Change Engineering Sold to CAE USA
Represented Vector Disease Control International in its sale to Rentokil North America
Represented Turtle Reef Holdings, LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, in a protest challenging an award for Business Intelligence Solution services made by the Department of Veterans affairs
Successfully represented Arkel International, LLC, a Louisiana-based company that works primarily on contracts performing overseas, in a GAO protest that resulted in the Department of State taking corrective action and making additional awards to Arkel and one other offeror
Represented Summit2Sea Consulting, an inventor specializing in computer software development, as an intervenor in a GAO protest
Represented a South Carolina based small business in two separate GAO protests challenging the terms of two solicitations issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs
Engaged by a small, minority-owned information technology services company and its President/Owner to respond to notices of proposed debarment issued by Air Force
Represented the president of a large Department of Education contractor who had been suspended by the Department
Richard has represented companies and individuals in investigating and responding to suspension, proposed debarment and show cause notices issued by the Army, Air Force, Navy, the Defense Logistics Agency, the EPA, the GSA, and the Department of Homeland Security, among other agencies. In addition, he regularly counsels government contractors regarding the investigation and disclosure to the government of issues that have the potential to result in suspension or debarment. Representative matters include:
Government contractors are required to have ethics and compliance programs in place to, among other things, reduce the risk of fraud on government programs and ensure the prompt disclosure to the government of certain types of violations. For companies that rely on government contract or grant revenue, not only can failure to address compliance gaps result in violation of federal requirements, it can be held against a company under the Sentencing Guidelines or in a suspension/debarment action. Richard has extensive experience counseling clients on evaluating and upgrading ethics and compliance programs to ensure they meet these requirements, as well as training employees in key government contract issues.
Over the past decade, Richard has represented government contractors in numerous bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In addition, he has represented contractors in agency-level bid protests and in size protests before Small Business Administration Area Offices and appeals before the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals. He has extensive experience working with clients both as intervenors and protestors. Representative matters include: