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Public-Private Partnerships and Pay-to-Play in New Jersey: “P3s and P2P in the Garden State”

Public-Private Partnerships (commonly known as “P3s”) are very popular across the country, including the recently announced renovations at LaGuardia Airport as one example. P3s are also gaining significant attention here in...more

Suspension and Debarment: A New Government Approach

Contractors and government contracts attorneys are likely to see (if they haven’t already) a rise in the number of cases in which individuals, rather than corporate entities, are targeted by government officials for...more

OHA Clarifies Non-Manufacturer Rules For Procurements Conducted Under Simplified Acquisition Procedures

Last month, the SBA Office of Hearing and Appeals (“OHA”) issued a decision which has clarified that, as in the past, for procurements conducted under simplified acquisition procedures, offerors who wish to qualify as a small...more

VA Proposes Changes to VOSB/SDVOSB Regulations, Aims for Consistency with COFC Ruling in Cohen Seglias' Miles Construction Case

On November 6, 2015, the VA issued a proposed rule, which could drastically change the way the two eligibility requirements for VOSBs and SDVOSBs are interpreted. The VA explained the changes as follows...more

Improvements Noted in the VA’s CVE Verification Process

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) notes measurable improvement in the processes used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to verify Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses...more

VA Proposes Significant Changes to Its VOSB/SDVOSB Verification Program

On November 6, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a proposed rule amending its regulations governing the VA’s verification program for veteran owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran owned...more

SBA Size Protest Reminds Us That There is an Exception to Every Rule

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) recently issued a favorable decision on behalf of a firm client in a size determination case, and we wanted to share information from that decision with you. While the decision is...more

No Good News for Small Businesses in Recent GAO Decision

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a decision in the matter of FedServ-RBS JV, LLC, B-411790, October 26, 2015, that offers little assurance for small companies seeking to form SBA-approved joint...more

Reporting Executive Compensation: What If You Don’t Report?

Government contractors are accustomed a myriad of reporting requirements. One such requirement that has caused much consternation is the FAR’s executive compensation clause which, as of October 1, 2015, applies to all...more

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mizer on Yates Memo: “No Partial Credit for Cooperation that Doesn’t Include...

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer’s remarks at the 16th Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress and Best Practices Forum highlighted the Department of Justice’s “renewed commitment to ensuring that...more

The FCA Impact Of DOJ’s Increased Focus on Small Business

In 2014, the Small Business Administration reported that almost a quarter of approximately $367 billion of eligible funding for small business contracting, or roughly $91.7 billion, was awarded to small businesses as prime...more

SBA Approval of 8(a) Joint Ventures – What Is Required Beyond the Regulations?

Over the past several months, our firm has been approached by Section 8(a) companies throughout the country who have been advised by their SBA district offices that their 8(a) joint ventures would not be approved by the SBA....more

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mizer Sheds Additional Light on Individual Accountability and the Yates Memo

On October 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, who oversees DOJ’s Civil Division, spoke at the 16th Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress and Best Practices...more

Maximizing Your Time As A Small Business

OVERVIEW - - Why size matters - Toolbox for maximizing your time as a small business (“SB”) - Tools that work - Tools you might think work, but generally do not - Tool of the future? -...more

Report Finds Ontario P3s Exceed Industry Standards for On-Budget and On-Time Performance

This is the first of two posts about the recent Infrastructure Ontario 2015 Track Record Report. As the public-private partnership (P3) market in the United States continues to grow, U.S. agencies that are considering...more

"Maryland Proposes Regulations Regarding Its Pay-to-Play Reporting Law"

The Maryland Board of Elections recently proposed regulations regarding its pay-to-play reporting law, which was amended earlier this year and now requires companies that have one or more Maryland state or local government...more

SEC and Hitachi Reach FCPA Settlement Over Corrupt Payments in South Africa

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced a settlement with Hitachi, Ltd. over allegations that the company sold shares in a South African subsidiary to a front company for the African National...more

Infrastructure Update: Dubai's New PPP Law - Implementation of PPPs in Dubai Set to Become a More Realistic Prospect

Dubai Law No. 22 of 2015 Regulating Partnerships between the Public and Private Sectors ("PPPs") in the Emirate of Dubai was published in the Official Gazette on 20 September 2015 and will become law on 19 November...more

KBR And Maintaining Privilege Throughout Investigations

Last month, for the second time, the D.C. Circuit in In re Kellogg Brown & Root Inc., No. 14-5319, slip op. (D.C. Cir. Aug. 11, 2015), granted a writ of mandamus sought by KBR and vacated a series of district court orders...more

D.C. Circuit Reinforces Attorney-Client Privilege Applicable to Internal Investigations

On August 11, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District Court of Columbia issued a decision of importance to all companies that seek to maintain privilege with respect to internal investigations. The D.C....more

Finance Update: Fairness in Interpreting PPP Payment Mechanisms

Management of payment mechanisms in PFI/PPP schemes by the public sector has generally become more active in recent years. Amongst the many factors at play are balancing proper management and application, and avoiding the...more

Recent Changes & Developments Regarding US Department of Defense Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence Mitigation

The Defense Security Service (DSS) has recently undergone several notable staffing changes and announced procedural developments relevant to companies under foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI). DSS is the...more

New Justice Department Directive Underscores Focus on Individuals—and Importance of Cooperation—in False Claims Act Investigations

In a recent memorandum issued to Main Justice litigating components and United States Attorney’s offices nationwide, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillan Yates emphasized that “fighting corporate fraud and other misconduct”...more

SBA’s Final Rule on Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

A final rule has been released by the Small Business Administration regarding women-owned small businesses. This rule is effective October 14, 2015. - The rule makes changes to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)...more

New Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a finale rule, on September 14, 2015, implementing Section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 to allow the federal government to issue sole...more

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