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Anti-corruption

Focus on the US - An active FCPA docket anticipated - When compared to prior years, 2015 was relatively quiet for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions in the US. Although the total number of...more

National 8(a) and GAO Small Business Set Aside Provision

This update is a brief synopsis of a case that held, if there is not a certain FAR provision addressing subcontracting limitations in a set aside contract for small business, there is not a mandatory duty to comply with the...more

New Year's Resolutions for Small Business Contractors: Preparing for Key Legislative and Regulatory Changes in 2016

OVERVIEW - - Coming soon from SBA - Mentor-protégé program for all small businesses - Limitations on subcontracting - Size standard changes - Joint ventures (JVs) - Changes for 8(a),...more

New Year's Resolution: Comply with Small Business Subcontracting Plan

Agenda - - Contractor Responsibilities - Compliance with Subcontracting Requirements - Common Compliance Issues - Helpful Tips to Handle SBA Reviews - Upcoming Developments Please see full...more

SBA Issues Final Rule on ITVAR “Footnote 18” Exception

On January 26, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published in the Federal Register a final rule modifying the employee-based size standards for 36 industries and sub-industries that are not part of North American...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2016 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Employee Based Size Standards in Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) increased 47 small business size standards based on the...more

It’s Subcontracting Plan Review Season. Are You Prepared?

After subcontracting plan reports are due in October, SBA starts sending out letters to the firms selected for a compliance review. These letters start going out late in the year, with the compliance reviews scheduled for...more

Court Explains Rigorous 'Caremark' Pleading Requirements

A recent opinion containing the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, In re Chemed Shareholder Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 13-1854-LPS-CJB (D.Del. Dec....more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - First Quarter 2016

Business & Corporate Law - REGULATORY ISSUES FOR ACQUISITIONS OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS BY NON-U.S. BUYERS - With the uptick in M&A transactions for government contractors, we have seen an increase in cross border...more

The House Small Business Committee Releases a Spate of Small Business Legislation

On the heels of a GAO report calling for more leadership attention to be paid to SBA’s “management challenges,” a number of bills have been referred to the House Small Business Committee since the new year started, calling...more

"Insights Conversations: Developments in US Export Controls"

The U.S. export control system has undergone major reform in recent years, and companies have experienced both increased enforcement of export control laws and fines for violations, with more changes on the way. Skadden...more

Revised Pay-to-Play Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking comments on a revised proposal recently filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to establish “pay-to-play” and related rules regulating the activities of FINRA...more

"FINRA Submits Pay-to-Play Rule 2030 to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Draft Rules) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for approval. The Draft Rules set forth pay-to-play...more

Notable Small Business Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016

This is a brief summary of some of the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will affect small businesses. Definitely a nutshell version of the NDAA, which is published online, and a tad more...more

SBA Seeks Comment on WOSB Certification Process

Today, SBA released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, which will amend the WOSB Program certification process. In the 2015 NDAA, Congress directed SBA to end self-certification for WOSBs and EDWOSBs and implement a...more

SBA Decision and Large Business Industry Comments on Lower Tier Small Business Subcontracting Plans

This update will briefly review a SBA decision enforcing an affiliation rule as well as a review of the Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations letter/comment to the SBA regarding the SBA’s proposed rule to give...more

Global Anti-Corruption Perspective - Corporate Alert: Five Ways to Navigate Compliance with Canada’s new Integrity Regime for...

Public Works and Government Services Canada has released its anticipated revisions to the Integrity Regime, Canada’s debarment regime for public sector contractors. Despite relaxing some of the more controversial provisions...more

Comments on the Proposed Rule Regarding Credit for Lower Tier Small Business Subcontracting

Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced Proposed Rule, issued October 6, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 60,300, to amend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) regulations pertaining...more

Overview and Guidance on Final Joint Standards on Diversity and Inclusion

On June 9, 2015, several federal agencies jointly issued a policy statement on standards that companies could use to assess their diversity policies and practices, particularly for entities regulated by more than one agency....more

Blog: Senate Passes FAST Act

The Hill is reporting that the “Senate approved a five-year, $305 billion highway bill [the FAST Act] Thursday, sending it to President Obama with just one day to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation’s road and...more

Legal Landscape: Top News in the Mentor-Protégé Program, Bond Claims & DBE Fraud

Welcome to the third edition of Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in government...more

Five Things That Shouldn’t Keep You From Buying or Selling a Company

There may be several reasons holding you back from buying another company or from selling your own business. However, there’s a new normal in the government contracting space. With increased competition for work, a tight...more

When You Think About the FCPA, Think About the Cell [Video]

A short and engaging video on the consequences of decision making, and to "think before you act." A good watch for those on the front-lines of international business who might be home for holidays. This video was provided...more

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

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