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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. Beginning in April 2008 until today, Dick is the Executive Director for a group of over 40 leading construction industry design and build contractors in an organization exclusively dedicated to ethics and compliance.

 The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations 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 compliance program. He has applied this experience in helping many Government contractors build or strengthen compliance programs and compliance training. He also has served as a compliance monitor for companies required to have such external function. Dick also was the Editor-in-Chief and contributing author to the ABA 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 at George Washington University Law School.  Currently, in addition to his other activities, he is a director of the Procurement Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

 

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