Diz Locaria assists government contractors and grant recipients in all aspects of doing business with the federal government. Diz has extensive knowledge of government contract and grant regulations, enabling him to help organizations qualify to become federal contractors or grantees. He represents clients in compliance with various federal procurement and grant requirements, including ethics and integrity; mandatory disclosures; False Claims Act; responsibility matters, such as suspension and debarment; small business matters; and General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule contracting. Diz also represents and counsels clients regarding the Homeland Security Act, including obtaining and maintaining SAFETY Act protections.
Diz has extensive experience with Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Uniform Guidance, including their application to prime contractors/grant recipients and subcontractors/subgrantees, enabling him to help both for-profit and nonprofit organizations meet the requirements to become federal contractors or grantees. He interprets regulations and contract, and grant terms as they relate to clients’ work and operations, evaluating and advising them on intellectual property issues and contract modifications, among other issues.
His services include training on relevant regulations and contract and grant terms, federal ethics laws and practices, conducting internal audits and investigations, making and implementing improvements and/or remedial recommendations, making appropriate disclosures to federal and state agencies, and defending clients during federal and state audits and investigations, including but not limited to False Claims Act and Procurement Integrity Act allegations.
Diz has represented clients in suspension and debarment matters, and regarding other agency eligibility and responsibility issues, before each of the U.S. defense agencies and civilian agencies, including the General Services Administration (GSA); Health and Human Services (HHS); the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its sub-agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and several others.
He advises clients on the potential impact of business formation, mergers and acquisitions, and related business activity on a client’s existing and future contracts/grants. He has extensive experience working with small businesses to determine their size, 8(a) status, and other socioeconomic factors, including analyzing affiliation issues. He also represents clients in the prosecution and defense of small business size protests before the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA).
Diz is well versed in GSA Federal Supply Schedule matters; in particular, he advises clients on how to structure proposals to avoid price reduction clause and False Claims Act issues, labor qualification matters, and Trade Agreements Act (TAA), and other compliance matters post-award.
He represents a number of clients in homeland security–related matters, including drafting guidelines for information handling, such as Sensitive Security Information (SSI), and advises clients on obtaining and maintaining the benefits of the SAFETY Act. He has helped several clients receive SAFETY Act Certification and is a frequent speaker and author on the topic.