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Ryan Burnette
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5746 rburnette@cov.com Download V-card

Ryan Burnette advises clients on a range of issues related to government contracting. Mr. Burnette has particular experience with helping companies navigate mergers and acquisitions, FAR and DFARS compliance issues, public policy matters, government investigations, and issues involving government cost accounting and the Cost Accounting Standards.

Corporate Transactional Matters

  • Represented major pharmaceutical manufacturer in a complex transaction involving the divestment of multimillion dollar government contracts. Provided government contracts advice in connection with multiple agreements, including on issues relating to subcontracting and supply arrangements, contract novation, FAR compliance, and cost and invoicing, among others.
  • Advised multiple companies on acquisitions and sales of government contracting businesses, including those in the defense, aerospace, technical services, pharmaceutical, environmental, and construction industries. Conducted diligence and provided advice on matters relating to cost accounting practices, small business compliance, Bayh-Dole Act issues, state and local contract matters, and other issues.
  • Advised company in negotiations with a federal agency in connection with the acquisition of a major defense contractor.

Government Cost Accounting and Pricing Matters

  • Assisted contractor with complex financial analysis and disclosure of a pricing issue relating to a Federal Supply Schedule contract.    
  • Advised contractor on response to Defense Contract Audit Agency recommendation to disallow a significant amount of incurred costs.
  • Representation of organization in matter relating to receipt of Federal funding and cost allowability issues.
  • Advised contractor on the cost accounting treatment of inter-organizational services and home office allocations.

Investigations, Regulatory Counseling, and Other Matters

  • Ongoing representation of major contractor in fraud investigation by the Department of Justice.
  • Assisted major contractor with the closure of a subsidiary and the early exit of its government contracts. Secured a no cost termination on favorable terms with the government when government initially threatened to terminate for default.
  • Advised defense client on Department of Defense authorities in Federal contracting.
  • Assisted major government contractor with review and due diligence of labor practices in its supply chain.
  • Advised contractor on options for potential breach of active teaming agreement in connection with a major government program.
  • Advised major technology company on development of terms of services agreements and compliance with government contracting requirements.
  • Assisted contractor in connection with a teaming arrangement to provide utility services for a government installation.
  • Advised aircraft manufacturer on FAR and DFARS compliance obligations associated with a potential government subcontract.
  • Obtained a favorable outcome for a contractor in a bid protest against the United States Navy before the Government Accountability Office.

Previous Experience

  • Executive Office of the President, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (2011-2016)
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Legal Division, Bank Activities and Structure (2013) (Assignment)