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RICHARD J. BEDNAR

Formerly an Army JAGC Brigadier General and Army Debarring Official, and more recently Senior Counsel with the law firm of Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC, Dick is nationally recognized as an expert in government contract compliance issues and suspension and debarment matters. Until recently, while with Crowell & Moring he also served for ten years as the Executive Director (“Coordinator”) of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct (“DII”), consisting of over 85 leading defense companies that collectively receive over $500 Billion annually in federal contract revenues. The main purpose of DII is to promote compliance and ethical business practices in the defense industry.

 The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations, Chapter 8, is widely regarded as establishing the “Gold Standard” for compliance programs designed to prevent and detect criminal violations within a business organization.  Dick served as a full member of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee which produced the report resulting in the November 2004 revisions to the Guidelines, strengthening the elements of what is regarded as an effective program to prevent and detect wrongdoing within organizations.  He continues to apply this experience in advising Government contractors on building or strengthening compliance programs and compliance training. He also has served as a compliance monitor for companies required to have such external function. He also was the Editor-in-Chief and contributing author to the American Bar Association publication “The Practitioner’s Guide to Suspension and Debarment.” He has personally counseled and directly assisted scores of companies with suspension and debarment issues.

For three years ending in 1987, Dick was the director of the Government Contracts Program, George Washington University Law School.  Currently, in addition to his other activities, until recently he was a director of the Procurement Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

With his well-known partner, Michael C. Eberhardt, Bednar is a co-founder and principal of Contractor Integrity Solutions LLC (www.contractorintegritysolutions.com) ("CIS").  Government contracting compliance is the central focus of CIS's business, ranging from monitoring company compliance and business conduct to directly counselling companies on building or fortifying internal compliance controls.

RJB@rjbednar.com
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