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Robert S. Metzger
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Metzger is a member of the firm's Government Contracts Practice Group and is the head of RJO’s Washington, D.C. office. He advises leading US and international companies on key public contract compliance challenges and in strategic business pursuits. His litigation practice includes representation of companies before administrative agencies as well as civil matters in federal and state courts. His transactional practice includes international projects, joint ventures, direct and FMS sales to foreign governments. Bob is regarded as among the nation’s leading experts in emerging issues related to cybersecurity and supply chain risk management. He also has extensive experience in federal and state bid protests and in controversies arising from information technology (IT) implementation projects.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Metzger’s clients include prominent U.S. and international firms in aerospace, computer equipment, defense, electronics, enterprise computing, information technology, infrastructure, professional services, software, space systems and telecommunications. His experience in government contract-related controversies includes bid protests, compliance and internal investigations, complex claims and disputes, cost-related controversies, terminations, and defense of actions brought under the False Claims Act. Chambers USA in 2015 ranks Bob at “Tier 3” among top government contracts lawyers nationwide. He was described by The Legal 500 in 2015 as an “expert in supply chain management” and “particularly active in the telecoms sector.” He also is among the 48 U.S. lawyers rated as “Experts” in government contracts by Who’s Who Legal (2015).

Bob was selected in 2016 by Federal Computer Week to receive a Federal 100 Award for government and industry leaders who have made significant contributions to federal government IT.

Bob is admitted to the Bar of the State of California and the District of Columbia. A recognized authority on public procurement practices and policies, he is the co-author (with Daniel Lyons) of “A Critical Reassessment of the GAO Bid-Protest Mechanism,” Wisconsin Law Review, Volume 2007, Number 6, 2008 and is a Guest Lecturer at the George Washington University Law School on state and local information technology procurement. Bob is the Vice-Chair of the Cyber/ Supply Chain Assurance Committee of the IT Alliance for Sector (ITAPs), a unit of the Information Technology Industry Council, and participates in public-private cyber and supply chain security initiatives. Bob has an extensive portfolio of publications in diverse areas that include cyber and supply chain security, state and local IT acquisition, organizational conflict of interest, contract award controversies and GSA multiple award schedule contracting. 

Bob is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London.  Academic publications on international security topics include articles in International Security, the Journal of Strategic Studies and Indian Defence Review. Bob’s practice includes advice to leading companies on international aerospace and defense transactions. For 2015-16, he is a Vice-Chair of the Aerospace and Defense Committee and of the International Procurement Committee of the ABA’s Section of International Law. He has published articles and presented to leading international forums on U.S. defense security cooperation, satisfaction of offset requirements and on compliance risks that accompany offsets.

Before joining RJO, Bob was a partner at a number of internationally recognized firms, including Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (where he was co-chair of the government contracts practice), Kirkland & Ellis and Latham & Watkins. 


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Editor, Georgetown University Law Journal

B.A., Middlebury College

Research Fellow, Center for Science & International Affairs
(now “Belfer Center”),
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia

Government Contracts

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts: An Expert’s Perspective, Virtual Training, Public Contracting Institute, May 11, 2016

Secure Networks Critical to Maintaining DoD Tech Edge, Federal Times, Apr. 26, 2016

BNA INSIGHTS: JEDEC’s New JESD243: A New Standard That Is Less Than Industry Needs to Avoid Counterfeit Electronic Parts Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 105, No. 15, Mar. 20, 2016 (PDF)

Internet of Things: When Cyberattacks Have Physical Effects, Federal Times, Apr. 8, 2016

IoT Standards and Information Governance ABA Section of Science and Technology, Mar. 31, 2016

Twists and Turns – DoD Backs Away from the ‘Network Penetration’ DFARS. Or Does It? Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 105 FCR, Feb. 16, 2016; Privacy and Security Law Report 15 PVLR 532, Mar. 14, 2016 (PDF)

Reconciling risk and value for the Internet of Things,Federal Times, Feb. 4, 2016

Federal Cyber Security Initiatives: Implications for State & Local Governments (and Contractors), presentation to ABA Public Contracts Law Section, State and Local Division, Jan. 28, 2016 (PDF)

Learning to Live with the ‘Network Penetration’ DFARS, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 104 FCR 1293, Dec. 29, 2015 (PDF)

Improving Cyber and Supply Chain Security in GSA Schedule Contracting, Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report, 14 PVLR 2300, Dec. 21, 2015; Federal Contracts Report, 104 FCR, Dec. 8, 2015 (PDF)

Avoiding Counterfeit Electronic Parts: How DoD’s Proposed Rule May Affect You, Insight, ERAI, Inc. Quarterly Newsletter, Q4-2015, Dec. 2015 (PDF)

How IoT poses a security risk to our critical infrastructure, Federal Times, IT BLOG, Dec. 11, 2015

Avoiding Counterfeit Electronic Parts: How DoD’s Proposed Rule May Affect You, Friday Flash, The Coalition for Government Procurement, Dec. 4, 2015 (PDF)

Internet of Things - Software & Supply Chain Assurance Legal Landscape, speaker, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the NIST unit of the Department of Commerce and the General Services Administration, Dec. 2, 2015

Risks for GSA Schedule Contractors, Winvale webinar speaker, Nov. 24, 2015

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Forum, speaker, Today's General Counsel, Nov. 4, 2015

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Forum, speaker, Today's General Counsel, Nov. 4, 2015

Making Sense of Commercial Excellence, IACCM America's Forum 2015, Oct. 6, 2015

New GSA Rule For Commercial Supplier Contracts: A Mixed Bag, Law360, Sept. 29, 2015 (PDF) (co-authored)

GSA’s Class Deviation for Commercial Supplier Agreements, RJO Update, Sept. 2015 (PDF) (co-authored)

View from RJO: OMB’s New Guidance on Using Acquisition Methods to Improve Cybersecurity, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 104 FCR, Aug. 18, 2015 (PDF)

Webinar on the cyber security obligations of companies who operate in the public sector and host, use or transmit sensitive federal information,sponsored by BitSight, July 22, 2015 (co-presented)

Protecting The Supply Chain, training session, Public Contracting Institute, June 25, 2015 (co-presented)

Cyber Threats & Privacy Concerns in the Public Sector, Webinar, June 23, 2015 (PDF) (co-presented)

Threats to the Supply Chain: Extending Federal Cybersecurity Safeguards to the Commercial Sector, Bloomberg BNA, 14 PVLR 1010, June 8, 2015 (PDF)

Cybersecurity and Acquisition Practices: New Initiatives to Protect Federal Information of Civilian Agencies, Bloomberg BNA, 97 DER B-1, May 20, 2015 (PDF)

Cloud Computing: How State & Local Governments Can Access Its Benefits and Manage the Risks, ABA 10th Annual State and Local Procurement Symposium, Apr. 24, 2015

A Standards-Based Way to Avoid Counterfeit Electronics Parts, 3-hour workshop, ERAI Executive Conference, Apr. 22, 2015

Webinar on how the federal government will use acquisition methods and contract tools to improve the cybersecurity of contractors who support civilian agencies, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection Committee, ABA Public Contract Law Section, Apr. 13, 2015

Cybersecurity for the Rest of Us: Protecting Federal Information of Civilian Agencies, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 103 FCR, Mar. 10, 2015 (PDF)

Hot Topics in Bid Protests - 2015, Public Contracting Institute webinar, Feb. 12, 2015 (co-presented)

GAO Bid Protests: Practical Tips," webinar, Jan. 22, 2015 (co-presented)

GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contracting: Lessons From 2014, Law360, Jan. 2, 2015 (PDF) (co-authored)

View From RJO: DOD's Cybersecurity Initiative - What the Unclassified Controlled Technical Information Rule Informs Public Contractors About the New Minimums in Today's Cyber-Contested Environment, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 102 FCR 744, Dec. 30, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

View From RJO: A Standards-Based Way To Avoid Counterfeit Electronic Parts, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 102 FCR 540, Nov. 4, 2014 (PDF)

You Don't Have To Report Counterfeits To DOD IG, Law 360, Government Contracts, Aerospace & Defense and Public Policy, Oct. 6, 2014 (PDF)

Legislating Supply Chain Assurance: How the Aerospace Industry Can Conform to Section 818 and the new DFARS, SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference, Sept. 24, 2014 (PDF)

New Rule Addresses Supply Chain Assurance, National Defense, NDIA's Business and Technology Magazine, in which Bob Metzger has contributed a column in the "Ethics Corner" of the October 2014 issue (PDF)

View From RJO: Risk-Based Acquisition Strategies to Avoid Failed IT Projects, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 102 FCR, Sept. 23, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

Indiana V. IBM: What's At Stake For IT Contractors, Law360, Sept. 15, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

View from RJO: GAO's Neglected § 21.8(b): How it Can be Used to Address Concerns That Bid Protests are too Costly and Disruptive, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report,102 FCR, Aug. 5, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

Making the Best of the Final DFARS re Counterfeit Parts, Insight ERAI Quarterly Newsletter, Q2, 2014 (PDF)

Public Meeting: Detection & Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts - Further Implementation, DFAR Case 2012-D055, Final Rule 79 Fed. Reg. 26092, June 16, 2014 (PDF)

The New DFARS Rule: Compliance and Business Risks, Presentation, June 16, 2014 (PDF)

View From RJO: The Challenge Of Pricing 'Commercial' Items, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 101 FCR 603, May 20, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

DOD Following Up on Counterfeit Parts Rule With Public Meetings on Next Steps, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 101 FCR 578, May 20, 2014 (PDF)

DoD’s New Regulations on Safeguarding Unclassified Controlled Technical Information, National Defense Industrial Association, Small Business Division, Executive Committee, April 10, 2014 (PDF) (co-presented)

Supply Chain Security: Initiatives to Defend Against the Threats of Counterfeit Parts, IPC APEX Expo 2014, March 26, 2014, Video interview featuring Mark Northrup of IEC Electronics

Convergence of Counterfeit and Cyber Threats: Understanding New Rules on Supply Chain Risk, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 101 FCR, Feb. 18, 2014 (PDF)

A Next Generation Regional Turboprop Transport: A National Aerospace Project for India, Indian Law News, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Winter 2014, guest editor (PDF)

Challenges Facing Civil Aviation in India, Indian Defence Review, Vol. 28:4, Oct.-Dec. 2013

GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contracting: Lessons From 2013, Law360, Dec. 18, 2013, co-authored (PDF)

New DOD Cybersecurity Program Expected To Significantly Affect IT Contractors, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 100 FCR 472, in which Bob Metzger is quoted on supply chain rules, Nov. 19, 2013 (PDF)

Advanced regional turboprop aircraft: Solutions to India's aviation infrastructure restraints, The Economic Times, Nov. 10, 2013

The Many Challenges Facing Civil Aviation in India, India Law News, ABA Section of International Law, Vol. 4, Issue 3, Fall 2013 (PDF)

Offsets Loom Large As Defense Firms Sell More Abroad, Law 360, Sept. 30, 2013 (PDF)

DOD Counterfeit Parts Rule – So Little After So Long, Law 360, June 2013 (PDF)

The ‘VVIP’ Helicopter Scandal: Steering towards a Positive Response” Indian Defence Review, Vol. 29.2 (Apr-Jun 2013), at The ‘VVIP’ Helicopter Scandal: Steering towards a Positive Response). Also available on Kindle at (Indian Defence Review 28.2)

"New DOD Counterfeit Prevention Policy: Resolves Responsibilities Within DOD But Leaves Many Contractor Questions Unresolved," Federal Contracts Report, a publication of Bloomberg BNA, May 15, 2013 (PDF)

"India's Defense Procurement: Responses to the New Scandal, India and the United States: The Evolving Legal Landscape," April 27, 2013 (PDF)

"Supply Chain Security: Reducing Threats to Critical Systems," ERAI Executive Conference, April 18-19, 2013 (PDF) co-authored

"The Importance of Competitive Negotiations to State Information Technology Procurement," The Procurement Lawyer, Section of Public Contract Law, ABA, Vol. 48, No. 3 - Spring 2013 (PDF) (co-authored)

"Defence: Work with Uncle Sam," The Economic Times (India), February 5, 2013

"Making Offsets Work for India," Indian Defence Review, Vol. 28:1, Jan-Mar 2013

"An Appraisal of Select Provisions of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act," Federal Contracts Report, 99 FCR 27, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., January 8, 2013 (PDF)

"Negotiation of State IT Contracts," ABA Public Contracts Law Section State & Local Procurement Division, Webcast, September 28, 2012 (PDF)

DoD Counterfeit Parts Rule: What Result When That Butterfly Beats Its Wings?, Service Contractor, by Professional Services Council, September 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

Counterfeit Electronic Parts: What to Do Before The Regulations (and Regulators) Come? (Part 2), Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 97, by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., August 21, 2012 (PDF)

What Contractors Can Learn From Indiana v. IBM, Law 360, August 16, 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

Better State & Local IT Procurement Through Negotiations, RJO Update, August 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

Legislating Supply Chain Assurance: Examination of Section 818 of the FY 2012 NDAA, The Procurement Lawyer, Section of Public Contract Law, ABA, Vol. 47, No. 4 - Summer 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

Counterfeit Electronic Parts: What to Do Before The Regulations (and Regulators) Come? (Part 1) Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 97, June 21, 2012, (PDF) (co-authored)

"California's Use of Negotiations Authority for State Technology Contracts: A White Paper Produced for and in Conjunction with TechAmerica's California Procurement Committee" (PDF) June 20, 2012

Counterfeit Parts Report - A Guide for Contractors, DoD, Law 360: Expert Analysis, May 24, 2012 (co-authored)

India’s Aerospace & Defense Markets Bloomberg Conference (PDF) New York, NY April 26, 2012

US-India Defence Cooperation: Towards an Enduring Relationship (PDF) Indian Defence Review, Vol. 27.2, Apr/Jun 2012


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