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Stephen P. Ramaley is a government contracts and grants lawyer. Steve assists private and public entities with contracts and grants compliance; government audits and fraud investigations; teaming negotiation and disputes; claims; and other matters relating to domestic and international public contracts and grants.  

One of Steve’s focuses, within government contracting law, is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) socioeconomic government contracting programs, including the small business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, 8(a) Business Development, and HUBZone programs. Steve counsels small, mid-size and large government contractors on all aspects of these SBA programs, including program entry, regulatory compliance, teaming and joint venturing, small business mergers and acquisitions, and post-graduation challenges.  

Steve also has significant experience prosecuting and defending bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and GAO, as well as appeals before SBA's Office of Hearings and Appeals. The following are a few of Steve’s recent cases:

  • Matter of Sev1Tech, Inc., B-416811.1, .2 (2018) – GAO sustained the protest of a ~$30 million task order award where the awardee had included a material misrepresentation in its proposal.
  • Matter of Cyber Protection Technologies, LLC, B-416297.2 (2018) – GAO denied the protest of an almost $100 million contract award where the protester was not prejudiced by the agency waiving a registration. requirement, and where the agency had otherwise acted reasonably and in accordance with the terms of the solicitation.
  • Matter of Erickson Helicopters, Inc., B-415176.3 (2017) – GAO dismissed the protest of the agency’s proposed corrective action where the protester merely anticipated improper action, and because GAO lacks jurisdiction to hear protests of DoD orders valued at less than $25 million.
  • Size Appeal of Universal Strategy Group, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5840 (2017) – SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals denied the appeal where the underlying protest was properly dismissed.
  • Size Appeal of Proactive Technologies, Inc., SBA No SIZE-5772 (2016) – SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals granted the appeal where the Area Office had not adequately examined the issue of whether the awardee was the “manufacturer” of the end items under 13 CFR § 121.406 (b) et seq.   
  • Size Appeal of Quadrant Training Solutions LLC, SBA No SIZ-5768 (2016) – SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals granted the appeal where the award was made to a joint venture whose members did not have a current approved SBA Mentor-Protégé relationship.
  • Matter of ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc., B-409596.1, .2 (2014) – GAO denied the protest where the agency had reasonably declined to consider proposal content that exceeded the solicitation’s page limit.
  • Matter of MT & Associates, LLC, B-410066 (2014) – GAO denied the protest where the agency had reasonably determined that the protester’s proposal was technically acceptable, and that this determination did not pertain to a matter of responsibility that should have been referred to SBA for a Certificate of Competency.
  • Matter of Kardex Remstar, LLC, B-309030 (2014) – GAO sustained the protest where the agency had engaged in discussions that were misleading and not meaningful.  
  • Matter of EMW, Inc., B-409686.4 et seq. (2014) – GAO denied the protest of award of a large, multiple award IDIQ contract where the agency had reasonably eliminated the protester as technically unacceptable.
  • Matter of Triad International Maintenance Corporation, B-408374 (2013) – GAO sustained protest of ~$180 million contract award where the agency had improperly considered the protester’s past performance, and had engaged in a price realism analysis where the solicitation did not provide for considering price realism.  

In addition to representing clients in specific matters, Steve frequently writes and speaks on challenges facing the Government contracts and grants communities, and has given testimony as a subject matter expert before the United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce.

Steve received his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Review. Steve was an Echols Scholar as an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, from which he earned degrees in Government & Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association: Public Contracts Law Section Member (2012-present)

  • Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, GovConNet Council Member (2016-present)

  • Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum: Member (2012-present)

  • Virginia State Bar: Young Lawyers Conference Member (2012-present)


  • Virginia Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Government Contracts (2015-2019)

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®  - Rising Stars Edition: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Government Contracts (2015-2019)


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