Former DCAA general counsel joins law firm


John Farenish, former Defense Contract Audit Agency general counsel, has joined the Venable law firm’s government contracts group in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Friday.

Farenish spent the last 13 years at DCAA, which audits the financial records of government contractors,  litigates cases involving contractors and is also responsible for suspension and debarment proceedings against contractors.

Prior to DCAA, Farenish served as counsel in the Navy’s Procurement Integrity Office, held criminal investigations posts for the Defense Department Inspector General and Army Criminal Investigation Command, and prosecuted cases during active duty with the Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps.

“Our contractor clients will benefit tremendously from his experience and insights in ensuring that their work is DoD-compliant and can withstand the toughest audit,” said Brock Landry, chairman of Venable’s Government division.


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  1. Well then he is the only decent one working at DCAA then. I had the luxury of having them audit my contracts – and believe me – they were a joke. Did not know what they were doing!

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