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Procurement Integrity: How the Bid Protest Process Is Used to Ensure the Integrity of a Procurement

ABA Section of Public Contract Law’s 2023 Federal Procurement Institute

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Blank Rome partner Elizabeth N. Jochum will serve as a panelist at the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Section of Public Contract Law’s 2023 Federal Procurement Institute, being held March 8 through 10, 2023, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Elizabeth’s session, “Procurement Integrity: How the Bid Protest Process Is Used to Ensure the Integrity of a Procurement,” will take place Thursday, March 9, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.


Procurement integrity is a cornerstone of the acquisition framework. Increasingly, the bid protest forums find themselves confronting protest allegations that an agency failed to protect the integrity of the procurement process. These allegations run the gambit from organizational and personal conflicts of interest, Procurement Integrity Act violations, bias on the part of government evaluators, “revolving door” concerns involving former government officials, improper disclosure of procurement-sensitive information, and generalized failures of the government to adhere to the impartiality standards of FAR 3.101. A panel of experienced GAO, agency, in-house, and private practice attorneys will discuss these trends in protest practice and explore recent key protest decisions, and offer practical tips for agencies and contractors to ensure that the integrity of an acquisition is not compromised.


  • Moderator: Andrew Smith, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • Sean Bamford, Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Lockheed Martin, Washington, D.C.
  • Elizabeth Jochum, Partner, Blank Rome, Washington, D.C.
  • John Sorrenti, Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C.
  • Jade Totman, Senior Counsel, Boeing, Arlington, VA


The Federal Procurement Institute is ABA Section of Public Contract Law’s signature event. Distinguished practitioners from government, industry, private law practice, and academia will convene to participate in this flagship program. This year’s program will continue a time-honored tradition of presenting panels that feature lively discussion by expert panelists, covering the gamut of significant federal procurement developments in sessions offering valuable insights for practitioners specializing in every aspect of the federal procurement world.

CLE credits may be available.

Blank Rome is pleased to be a gold sponsor of this event.

For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage.