We are trying to work with some specific government programs whose regs and personal are rather ornery. We are wonder if it would be prudent, since cash is tight, to have a counsel not paid by the hour. For example, I when I asked for a survey (they published page 1, but not 2-4), I was told start in DC and file a FIOA. This while in a 60-day evalueation window.
E.g. Fannie has a "disadvantaged" business, but I have waited > a month for a basic explanation, and still don't have it. I want to know how "unsolicited proposal" to the US government is handled (I have be waiting since 12/20/11) I am not that proficient at searching the FAR where as I hope an attorney would be.
Try And contact your congressperson and try get an insight track that way. They have staff to guide you with federal conflicts. The cost is free.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have an independent attorney review the written agreement between the company and the attorney who will be compensated with equity interests.
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