Ken Allen is one of the only experts in the Antideficiency Act. He served as a federal government lawyer from 1976 to 2007, and in the Army (either Active or Army Reserve) from 1970 until his retirement from the Army Reserve in 2002, and in the federal civil service from 1984 until his retirement from the civil service in 2007.
Drafted in 1970, he served on active duty as an enlisted combat engineer and achieved the rank of sergeant E-5, before receiving a direct commission to Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. In 1975 he was a nonvoting member of President Ford’s Vietnam Clemency Board. After becoming a lawyer, he was an active duty Army judge advocate, and was the successful defense counsel in the 1978 Fort Jackson “Heat Stroke” double homicides, and later served as the Chief Commissioner of the Army Court of Military Review. In the Army Reserve, his senior staff assignments were at Headquarters US European Command; Staff Judge Advocate of 412th ENCOM (Fwd) Seckeinhiem, Germany; and 315th Engineer Group, and legal advisor at the Army War College’s Peacekeeping Institute, where he advised on contingency contracting and peacekeeping operations.
In his federal civil service career, Ken’s assignments included counsel for public and classified communications and biodefense programs, and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for procurement fraud. He practiced law for the Army at Pirmasens and Ziewbrucken, Germany, and Ft. Ritchie MD; and Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Ft. Detrick, MD. While in those assignments, he developed the first syllabus on fiscal law for the then newly-established Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and the 5-day COR course for the Army Signal and Medical Commands.
Since 1995 Ken has been an instructor for government and private educators (Federal Publications Seminars, The Public Contracting Institute, and Tomanelli & Associates), and since 2006 he has been an adjunct faculty member of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA, for whom he teaches on campus and oversea. He has authored over 40 training manuals and courses on subjects such as government contract law, federal appropriations and fiscal law, trial advocacy, leadership and management, contract interpretation, federal grants, “contracting out” under OMB Circular A-76, and legal ethics. He is the author of two annually-updated West Publishing Company books, How to Read a Government Contract, A Manual on Contract Interpretation for Acquisition Professionals and Federal Grant Practice. His government in-house classes over the last two years have been for the Treasury Acquisition Institute, Social Security Administration, Transportation, FBI, FEMA, NOAA, Corps of Engineers, Customs and Border Protection, NIH, Army, Navy, and the DoD IG. His contractor customers in that period include Camber, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Cobham (UK), Meggit (UK), ATK, SAIC, Oceaneering, BAE Systems, Elbit Systems, and Boeing.
In 2007, Ken retired from the federal government and became the general counsel of a defense contractor, and in October 2009 he became the counsel for a women-owned small business that helps other companies enter the federal market. He is a graduate of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, the resident Army JAG School basic and advanced courses, Army Command and General Staff College, Army Management Staff College, National Defense University, and the Army War College.