Peter Ford

Peter Ford

PilieroMazza PLLC

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Fair Opportunity Complaints on Task and Delivery Orders

Last week, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) issued a final rule amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (“GSAR”) to clarify that the ordering-agency task and delivery order ombudsman has...more

1/23/2017 - Federal Contractors General Services Administration (GSA) GSAR Multiple Award Contracts

Recent Changes to the 8(a) Program Application Process

“They’re asking for what?” This is a not-so-uncommon response from small businesses applying to SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program (“8(a) Program”), which is notorious for the amount of information – and paper – that...more

9/22/2016 - SBA Section 8(a) Small Business

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - Category Management: What Contractors Need to Know - In December 2014, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a new initiative called Category Management. This policy could...more

8/22/2016 - Acquisitions Estate Planning Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Government Contractors Kingdomware Techs. Inc. v United States Mergers OMB Rule of Two SCOTUS Small Business Succession Planning Veterans Administration

SBA Simplifies Minority Shareholder Affiliation Rule for Loan Program Applicants

SBA recently issued a final rule redefining the rules of affiliation for firms applying to SBA’s business loan programs. The final rule separates and distinguishes the loan program affiliation rules from SBA’s government...more

7/22/2016 - Board of Directors Federal Contractors Final Rules Minority Shareholders SBA Small Business

FY2015 Procurement Scorecard: Another “A” for the Government

Yesterday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released its annual small business procurement “report card,” identifying how the federal government as whole and major federal agencies measured up in terms of meeting their...more

5/2/2016 - Federal Contractors HUBZone SBA SDVOSB Small Business WOSB

Kingdomware Oral Arguments—Remand to Lower Courts Is a Possibility

“Yeah, it’s a contract,” conceded Department of Justice (“DOJ”) attorney Zachary Tripp during recent oral arguments in Kingdomware Technologies Inc. v. United States. According to Tom Saunders, attorney for Kingdomware, that...more

3/4/2016 - Department of Veterans Affairs DOJ Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Kingdomware Techs. Inc. v United States Oral Argument Rule of Two SCOTUS VOSB

Five Reasons to File a Size Protest

Small business government contractors are sometimes resistant to the idea of filing size protests against their competitors. How much time and effort will it take? Is there enough evidence? Will the agency be offended? These...more

3/1/2016 - Bid Protests Federal Contractors Form 941 IRS SBA Small Business

Comments on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Proposed Rule to Amend the VA's VOSB Verification Program

Dear Mr. Leney: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced Proposed Rule, issued November 6, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 68,795, to amend the VA’s VOSB Verification Program. In our practice, we represent many...more

1/7/2016 - Department of Veterans Affairs Federal Contractors Proposed Regulation Public Comment SBA VOSB

SBA Proposes Simplified Affiliation Tests for Business Loan Programs

Keep it simple, says SBA, in a recent proposed rule that would redefine the rules of affiliation for firms applying to SBA’s business loan programs, including the 7(a) Loan Program and 504 Loan Program (collectively, the...more

10/15/2015 - Comment Period Government-Guaranteed Loans Proposed Regulation SBA Small Business

Five Signs Your Teaming Agreement Will Lead to Affiliation

Teaming agreements are valuable tools for all government contractors. They allow the proposed prime contractor and subcontractor to iron out their relationship prior to competing for a government opportunity. ...more

9/7/2015 - Government Contractors Prime Contractor Subcontractors Teaming Agreements

No Longer on Hold: SBA Resumes 7(a) Lending to Small Businesses

The 7(a) lending program is back on track. Last month, President Obama signed into law a bill that would raise the SBA’s lending authorization ceiling to $23.5 billion for its flagship lending program. With the bill’s...more

8/19/2015 - Lending SBA SBA Lending Programs Section 7(a)

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter 2015

NOW’S THE TIME FOR SBA TO EXPAND WOSB-ELIGIBLE INDUSTRIES - On May 1, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued a proposed rule to amend its regulations to implement Section 825 of the National Defense...more

8/3/2015 - Contract Drafting Contractor Audits Federal Contractors Liquidated Damages NDAA OIG Proposed Amendments SBA Small Business WOSB

The CVE Reverification Process is Not as Simple as Advertised For Veteran-Owned Firms

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans First Contracting Program continues to attract more and more veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs). ...more

5/14/2015 - Department of Veterans Affairs Federal Contractors Recertification SDVOSB Small Business Veterans

Legislative and Regulatory Update for Small Businesses

In This Presentation: - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program - Joint Venture Changes - Kingdomware Decision - Changes to Limitations on Subcontracting - Rotech Decision -...more

3/13/2015 - Joint Venture Mentor-Protege Program Regulatory Agenda SBA Small Business Subcontractors

Similar But Different: FAA Size Protest Challenges

Most small business contractors are familiar with the notion that the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has exclusive jurisdiction over all size protests. ...more

3/13/2015 - Exclusive Jurisdiction Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Federal Contractors SBA Small Business

Bid Protests - Seven Things Every Contractor Should Know

In this presentation: - Success of GAO bid protests - Things you didn’t know you can protest (but can) - The importance of intervention - What must be protested prior to award - The...more

12/11/2014 - Attorney's Fees Bid Protests Federal Contractors GAO Jurisdiction Small Business

Small Business Legislative and Regulatory Update

In this presentation: - GSA Schedule Contracts: Veterans First? - 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”): - NDAA Revisions To LOS - New Mentor Protégé Program - NDAA Impact On MP...more

12/11/2014 - COFC DOJ Federal Contractors Federal Procurement Systems General Services Administration (GSA) NDAA SBA Small Business Subcontracts Veterans VEVRAA

Comprehensive Joint Venture Agreements

In this presentation: - What Is A Joint Venture - About Joint Ventures - Structuring A Joint Venture - Joint Ventures: Management Structure And Labor - General Provisions That Must Be...more

12/11/2014 - Contract Drafting Contract Negotiations Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Federal Contractors Joint Venture Procurement Guidelines

OHA Sheds Some Light on What Constitutes a “Class” of Stock

In my recent article about the impact of separate stock classes on veteran-owned firms, I discussed how having more than one class of voting stock can complicate an ownership analysis under both the Department of Veterans...more

11/14/2014 - Common Stock Department of Veterans Affairs Preferred Shares SBA SDVO Shareholder Rights Shareholders Small Business Stocks

Function over Form: The Impact of Separate Stock Classes on Veteran-Owned Firms

In my recent blog post about Employee Stock Ownership Plans (“ESOPS”), I discussed how the plans are treated differently under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ program (the “VA Program”) for Veteran-Owned and...more

10/13/2014 - Department of Veterans Affairs Disability ESOP SBA Small Business Stocks Veterans

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: More Confusion for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

My house, my rules. That was the approach seemingly taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) when it crafted the regulations governing eligibility of Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses...more

8/8/2014 - Department of Veterans Affairs ESOP Small Business Veterans

It’s Not Just About Being Disadvantaged: An Overview of the SBA’s Potential for Success Requirement for 8(a) Program Entry

Gaining entry to the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) 8(a) Business Development Program (the “8(a) Program”) is not just about proving a social and economic disadvantage. If you are a small business owner thinking...more

6/23/2014 - SBA Section 8(a) Small Business

Simplified Renewal: Not So Simple After All for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Nothing in life is as simple as it seems, so it should come as no surprise to Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (“VOSBs”) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (“SDVOSBs”) that the Center for Verification and...more

5/6/2014 - Contracting Procedures Federal Contractors Small Business Veterans

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Second Quarter 2014

In this issue: - Protecting Your Website - The Top Eight Things You Should Know - Securing Corrective Action May Raise Further Challenges - Get in the Ring: Contractors Opposed to the Proposed Extension...more

4/24/2014 - Conflicts of Interest Contractors Corrective Actions Internet Websites

Small Business Construction Contractors Must Voice Their Concerns

Is your construction company in compliance with the Small Business Administration’s ("SBA’s") limitations on subcontracting requirement? Are you positive? If you are a small business general construction contractor and you...more

3/7/2014 - Construction Contracts General Contractors NDAA SBA Subcontractors

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