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Government Contracting

The variety of human capital and risk challenges facing government contractors range from intense competition for talent to operating in high-risk environments. With these challenges, contractors need industry-specific experience and specialized solutions.

Our Aerospace, Defense and Government Services practice was established to provide insightful consulting along with creative and cost-effective solutions to our clients’ most complex risk and human capital challenges. Our team has in-depth knowledge of risk management, compensation trends, benefits design and management and talent and workforce planning. We leverage our extensive research, benchmarking tools and the industry experience and expertise of our consultants to provide industry-specific solutions for your risk and human capital needs.

35+
years industry-specific human capital and benefit consulting
10
We work with 10 of the 10 largest Aerospace, Defense and Government Services contractors
100+
Aerospace, Defense and Government Services clients
37
We work with 37 of the top 50 Washington Technology list organizations
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Health and benefit advisor to 7 of the top 10 Washington Technology list organizations

Our team includes: former risk manager and a general counsel of a government contractor, former carrier claims personnel and other knowledgeable, independent advocates for our clients.

Who we serve

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Aviation
  • Support services and consulting
  • Construction
  • Humanitarian relief
  • T services
  • Linguists
  • Logistical specialists
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Nonprofits – Federally funded research centers, etc.
  • Private security companies
  • Research and Development
  • Stability operations
  • Systems integrators
  • Telecommunications
  • Training and mentorship

Managing your risks

Exposure analysis

With our expertise, we help our clients identify potential risks, based on current and historical losses incurred by organizations in the government contracting industry. Our approach tests policies against actual lawsuits brought against your peers. This enables us to identify potential gaps in coverage and develop solutions customized to your specific exposure.

Risk mitigation

We help our clients mitigate risk by using existing statutory and contractual protections. We assist them in requesting additional indemnification from the U.S. government and when applying for Safety Act certification. These unique services are in addition to the full range of services and expertise provide by our loss control personnel.

Administration

We work with our clients and their contracts personnel beginning with the bidding process to help ensure compliance with U.S. government and contractual requirements. We customize their insurance programs to minimize administrative burden and maximize the potential for premium reimbursement by the U.S. government.

Industry knowledge

Our Government Contracting practice stays fully abreast of changes in the marketplace as well as in the legal and regulatory environment. Our in-depth knowledge enables us to better understand the current and future impact of emerging risks, market events and trends and their impact on applicable insurance coverages.

Advocacy

Our practical experience sets our Government Contracting practice apart in servicing and administering claims, crisis management, repatriation and managing other associated risks. Our clients benefit from this experience by receiving relevant advice and customized risk management solutions tailored to their risks.

Supported by Willis Towers Watson’s worldwide resources, we help achieve favorable terms and conditions by highlighting legislative protections, government contractor case law and contractual indemnifications in our discussions with underwriters.

We will:

  • Structure the company’s insurance program to help maximize the premium allowable as pass-through under Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  • Support the growth of our clients by assisting their proposal teams in reviewing and pricing insurance requirements for new opportunities
  • Obtain policy wording specific to our clients’ risks (human, liability, regulatory and property)
  • Work with contractors to achieve additional indemnification from the U.S. government.
  • Provide practical expertise and advocacy during the entire life cycle of the transaction, from insurance program marketing to claim management

The Willis Towers Watson Government Contracting practice is a true center of excellence, committed to monitoring issues important to our clients.

Focusing on your talent

Willis Towers Watson brings over 35 years of industry experience to help clients navigate the complex human capital landscape of government contracting. Our team understands the unique accounting and procurement challenges of government contractors and their implications to human capital and benefit plan management.

How we help our government contractor clients:

Improved employee experience

Supporting an employer mindset of employees as consumers. Recognizing ways to address the full well-being spectrum for today’s employee, including physical, emotional, social, and financial wellbeing.

Proactive talent solutions

Consulting and tools to help you offer competitive compensation and benefits to engage and attract employees in the war for talent, especially against other adjacent industries.

Industry connectivity

Our relationships within the industry and with prominent government contracting attorneys and auditors, such as the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), enable an open dialogue and allow you to balance your legal, moral, and practical obligations in various situations (e.g. following SCA Compliance, FAR/CAS Compliance, as well as responding to DCMA/DCAA audits/inquiries).

Industry-based solutions

We can help you with our firsthand working knowledge of the industry trends and how to mitigate the impact of contract turnover. We can also offer guidance during the restructuring of business units and internal functions due to realignment or merger and acquisition transactions.

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