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Hot Topics in Suspension and Debarment: What Contractors Need to Know
November 23 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Kerry Hotopp (SES), Assistant General Counsel (Acquisition Integrity), Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel-
Mr. Kerry Hotopp is the Assistant General Counsel (Acquisition Integrity) for the Department of the Navy. As head of the Acquisition Integrity Office, Mr. Hotopp coordinates the Department’s efforts and pursues remedies on all acquisition fraud, waste, and abuse within the Department. Mr. Hotopp is also the Navy’s suspension and debarment official. He has been in this role since August of 2020, when he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service.
Mr. Hotopp began his Navy career in the Systems Section at the Naval Sea Systems Command, first as a program attorney in September 2008 and then as a team lead. An acquisition attorney, Mr. Hotopp advised a number of programs on competitive and sole-source acquisitions under the Federal Acquisition Regulations and Department of Defense (DoD) 5000.
In September 2014, he became Counsel to Program Executive Office (PEO) Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) at the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. He led several attorneys and advised on contracts for the Navy’s network and business information technology systems, including the world’s largest internal network. In November 2016, Mr. Hotopp returned to the Naval Sea Systems Command as the Head of the Systems Section, leading a team of attorneys who advised on the acquisition of weapons, sensors, communications equipment, and other systems needed to outfit the Navy’s ships.
Mr. Hotopp began his legal career in September 2002 as a litigation associate at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, in Washington, DC, where he spent six years specializing in fraud and False Claims Act cases.
Mr. Hotopp is a graduate from the Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, and from the University of Rochester, magna cum laude, majoring in history and philosophy. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
Rachel Kelly, Assistant Counsel, Department of the Navy-
Rachel Kelly currently serves as Assistant Counsel in the Navy’s Acquisition Integrity Office located on the Washington Navy
Yard. Rachel previously served as Assistant Counsel at the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center – Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia. In this capacity Rachel primarily advised on government contracts and civilian
personnel matters. Prior to joining Navy OGC, Rachel served as clerk to an Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges- Newport News Division, where she focused on adjudication of federal worker’s compensation claims, whistleblower appeals, and other matters under DOL’s purview.
Prior to practicing law, Rachel worked as an analyst in the DoD Executive Agent for Maritime Domain Awareness office, .
Rachel graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in both Economics and Political Science. She earned her J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Rachel is licensed to practice law in Virginia.
Cameron Edlefsen, Assistant Counsel, Department of the Navy-
Cameron R. Edlefsen serves as an Associate Counsel in the Acquisition Integrity Office of the Department of the Navy (DON) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Washington Navy Yard, DC. Mr. Edlefsen handles cases involving fraud and other irregularities impacting the integrity of DON procurements. His duties include coordinating with diverse stakeholders such as law enforcement investigators, auditors, acquisition officials, program managers, contractor representatives, the Department of Justice attorneys, as well as other federal offices and agencies as appropriate. Mr. Edlefsen supports matters in litigation, negotiates solutions to acquisition fraud issues, and initiates and implements administrative actions against not presently responsible government contractors as determined by the DON Suspending and Debarring Official. He also prepares and provides briefings at senior levels within the DON, and designs and delivers fraud training to DON’s various commands. Mr. Edlefsen also serves as an Ethics Counselor.
Prior to joining OGC, Mr. Edlefsen served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer and as an Army JAG officer, retiring on June 1, 2020. Most recently, Mr. Edlefsen served as an attorney-advisor for the Army’s Office of the Judge Advocate General’s Procurement Fraud Division, where he defended more than 200 agency suspension and debarment decisions. Mr. Edlefsen also served in a myriad of roles to include as a criminal prosecutor, administrative law attorney, and contract litigation trial attorney practicing in front of the Government Accountability Office, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Mr. Edlefsen earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and later earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee, College Of Law. Mr. Edlefsen also has an LL.M. in Military Law, specializing in Government Procurement. He is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and all Tennessee courts.
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