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2016 Suspension & Debarment Workshop - Agenda

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Primer on Suspension and Debarment

David Sims, Debarment Program Director, DOI / Chair, ISDC

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome / Opening Remarks

Allison Lerner, Inspector General, NSF OIG / Vice-Chair, CIGIE
David Sims, Debarment Program Director, DOI / Chair, ISDC

8:45 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Current DOJ Policies

Michal Tingle, Assistant Director, Commercial Litigation Branch, DOJ
Brian Young, Criminal Fraud Division, DOJ

9:25 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Common (and not so common) Triggers for S&D Referrals

Geoffrey Cherrington, Assistant IG for Investigations, State OIG
Matthew Elliott, Assistant IG for Investigations, DOI OIG
Michael Russell, Suspending & Debarring Official, DHS
Parisa Salehi, Counsel to the (Acting) IG, EXIM Bank OIG
Duc Nguyen, Suspending & Debarring Official, EPA (Moderator)

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Parallel Proceedings: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Monica Aquino-Thieman, Director, Acquisition Integrity, NASA OGC
Mark Rivest, Chief, Army Procurement Fraud Division, Office of JAG
Derek Santos, Assistant Deputy General Counsel, Air Force
Adam Townshend, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Michigan
Travis Farris, Counsel to the IG, SBA OIG (Moderator)

11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, DOJ / Chair, CIGIE

12:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Networking Lunch (on your own)

1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Protecting Current Awards and Recovery of Funds

Travis Farris, Counsel to the IG, SBA OIG
Joe Kittle, Staff Associate, Division of Grants and Agreements, NSF
Debra Sonderman, Senior Procurement Officer & SDO, DOI
Lori Vassar, Director, Administrative Remedies Program, DOI OIG / Vice- Chair, ISDC (Moderator)

2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Civil and Administrative Proceedings: Fact-based Suspension and Debarment Actions

Maritza Hawrey, Audit Manager, HHS OIG
Lauren Lovett, Chief Suspension & Debarment Hearing Officer, EPA
Tiffani Redding, Director, Office of Recipient Integrity Coordination, HHS
Francisco Ruben
, Assistant General Counsel, NSF OGC
Lafe Solomon, Senior Labor Compliance Advisor, DOL SOL
Kenneth Dieffenbach, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, DOJ OIG (Moderator)

3:10 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.


3:25 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.

Pending Criminal Action: Fact-based and Indictment-based Suspension Actions

Lee Bacon, Special Agent, SBA OIG
Rebecca Kanter, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California
Catherine Kessmeier, Assistant General Counsel (Acquisition Integrity) and SDO, Navy
Stanley Stocker, Debarment Program Manager, DOI OIG
Catherine Votaw, Co-Director, Contingency Operations Oversight, State OIG
Fara Damelin, Director, Investigative Legal Division, NSF OIG (Moderator)

4:25 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Steve Linick, Inspector General, State OIG
Lori Vassar, Director, Administrative Remedies Program, DOI OIG / Vice-Chair, ISDC

***Please note that no government funds were used for the refreshments provided***

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