Isaias Alba IV

Isaias Alba IV

PilieroMazza PLLC

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Once 8(a) Competitive, Not Always 8(a) Competitive

Unlike other sole source authorities for small business programs, such as that recently granted to the WOSB program via the 2015 NDAA, a recent decision from GAO confirms that the sole source authority given to the 8(a)...more

5/21/2015 - Department of State Federal Contractors GAO Native American Issues NDAA Section 8(a) Small Business Tribal Corporations WOSB

Comments on the Mentor-Protege Proposed Rule

Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) above-referenced proposed rule, issued February 5, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 6618. Our firm represents small...more

5/6/2015 - Federal Contractors HUBZone Mentor-Protege Program Rulemaking Process SBA SDVOSB Small Business WOSB

GAO Allows New Company to Rely Upon Owner’s Personal Past Performance

Newly-organized small businesses often struggle to establish adequate past performance to successfully compete in the federal marketplace. Fortunately, in the matter of Recogniti, LLP, B-410658 (January 21, 2015), GAO ruled...more

3/19/2015 - FAR Federal Contractors GAO Project Performance Small Business

GAO and COFC Task Order Jurisdiction – To Count or Not To Count Option Periods

Jurisdiction of the GAO and the Court of Federal Claims to hear task order protests is limited to protest of awards over $10 million. How one defines whether a task order is over or under the $10 million threshold is subject...more

12/23/2014 - Bid Protests Federal Contractors GAO General Solicitation Jurisdiction

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Fourth Quarter

In this issue: - Court of Federal Claims Invalidates Key Component of the SBA’s Nonmanufacturer Rule - At the Crossroads of M&A and Government Contracts – The Novation Process - What Every Business Owner...more

11/7/2014 - Contractors Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors Manufacturers Procurement Guidelines SBA Subcontractors Tangible Property

Novations and Contract Transfers

In this presentation: - What is novation and what is required to effectuate such a transaction? - When are novations necessary and when can they be avoided? - What impact will a novation have on your...more

11/5/2014 - Assignments Contractors FAR Federal Contractors Federal Procurement Systems Novation Procurement Guidelines Small Business Subcontractors Successors Transfer Restrictions

Weather-Related Delays at Locations Other Than the Government Facility? No Excuse for A Late Proposal

As all federal contractors know, the FAR, as well as many other rules and regulations, put most of the risk on the contractor in so many ways. Common risks include cost overruns on FFP/LPTA procurements, risk of nonpayment...more

10/29/2014 - FAA FAR Federal Contractors Procurement Guidelines Severe Weather Weather Policy

SBA Regulation Invalidated by Court of Federal Claims: Nonmanufacturer Rule Applies to Supply Portions of Service Contracts

It has been the common understanding within the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”), and the small business government contracting community as a whole, that the nonmanufacturer rule applies only to contracts for the...more

9/30/2014 - COFC Federal Contractors SBA Service Contracts Small Business Act

Comments on SBA's Proposed Rule Regarding Advisory Small Business Size Decisions

Re: Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Advisory Small Business Size Decisions RIN: 3245-AG59, Docket Number: SBA-2014-7 - Dear Mr. Koppel: We are writing to submit comments regarding the U.S. Small Business...more

8/27/2014 - Advisory Opinions Federal Contractors Federal Procurement Systems Fraud NDAA Proposed Regulation Rulemaking Process Safe Harbors SBA Small Business

Prompt Payment Act Interest Decreases

Since 2008, when the PPA and CDA interest rates were as high as 5 5/8 % per annum, the interest rates under the PPA and CDA have trended downward to a low of 1 3/8 % per annum for the first half of 2013. ...more

7/2/2014 - Contract Disputes Act Federal Contractors Interest Rates Prompt Payment

The New Rules: Changes That Every Small Business Contractor Needs to Know

In this presentation: New Final Rules: – Multiple Award Contracts – Presumed Loss – Subcontracting Coming Attractions: – Performance of Work Requirements – Mentor-Protégé...more

6/23/2014 - Contractors Federal Contractors Small Business Subcontractors

Inflation Adjustments Coming to Small Business Size Standards

On June 12, 2014, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim rule, which goes into effect on July 14. This new rule increases the size standards applicable to nearly every NAICS code used in Federal Contracting...more

6/16/2014 - Federal Contractors GSA Inflation Adjustments NAICS SBA

Considering the GSA Schedule? What You Need to Know

In this presentation: - A Brief Overview of GSA Schedule - Terms and Conditions - Advantages for Government and Industry - The Most Favored Customer Pricing, Economic Price Adjustments, and the...more

6/9/2014 - Contractors Federal Contractors GSA NAICS Small Business Teaming Agreements Trade Policy

State Law No Defense to Miller Act Claims

Since I work with a number of construction contractors, I always get the question of whether the state law chosen to govern the contract has material impact on the contract and/or whether it could be determined which state...more

5/15/2014 - Appeals Construction Contracts Miller Act Restrictive Covenants

Do you own the intellectual property created by your employees?

With the days of patent and copyrights applying mainly to tangible objects being long gone, data and patent rights are becoming more important than ever. Now, every process, software, procedure, and other intellectual...more

3/24/2014 - Assignment of Inventions Employee Handbooks Employment Contract Patent Ownership

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