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No Company is an Island – Part 1: Subcontractor Affiliation

by Williams Mullen on

Government Contractors often determine that going it alone is not the best business decision. Whether a small business trying to break into a new industry or a large business seeking niche expertise to support a particular...more

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings: Contractor Denied Recovery for Differing Site Conditions Where Condition was Well-Known in the...

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“Board”), the court with jurisdiction over the General Services Administration and other non-defense executive agencies, denied a contractor’s claim for increased labor and equipment...more

Do the Proposed Changes to SBA’s HUBZone Program Go Far Enough?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

H.R. 3294, the HUBZone Unification and Business Stability Act of 2017, proposes several changes to the HUBZone program that are intended to reduce certification timelines, stabilize the program, and collect and report on...more

Saudi Arabia's Transformational Privatization Plans

by Dechert LLP on

The leadership of Saudi Arabia (the “KSA”) has embarked on a bold transformation strategy to revitalize KSA’s economy and to position it for the demographic and economic challenges that lie ahead. The flagship transaction for...more

Bid Protest Remedies (Post-Award Protest Primer #4)

Part 4: Bid Protest Remedies - We’ve discussed debriefings and the timelines and timeliness rules that apply to post-award protests. Today we’ll discuss remedies. If you file a protest to challenge a contract award and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

FEDERAL AGENCIES - “VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines.” Federal Register, July 12, 2017. Retrieved from federalregister.gov. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule in the...more

California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process

If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction, you should be aware of a new law that took effect this year establishing a new mandatory claims resolution process for disputes on public works...more

The False Claims Act: Why It Is Relevant To All Manufacturers

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a major civil enforcement tool used by the federal government to redress fraud causing monetary loss to the government. In the 2016 fiscal year, the federal government recovered over $4.7...more

Implementing A Service Contract Act Compliant Paid Leave Policy

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Administering a paid leave policy that works for your entire workforce and is Service Contract Act compliant is challenging in and of itself. Add to this complexity, a growing number of states and localities that are passing...more

Evolutions in Whistleblowing: What Federal Contractors Need to Know

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Last year produced major changes in the whistleblowing landscape: whistleblower protections for federal contractor employees who disclose waste, fraud, and abuse were made permanent under the National Defense Authorization...more

Be Prepared – Be Proactive About Defending Size Protests

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Imagine that after months of diligently working on a proposal for a set-aside contract, you learn that your company has been identified as the apparent successful offeror. Then, a few days later, you receive an email from the...more

Ohio Appeals Court Holds That Contractor Who Seeks Application of HOOP Formula to Calculate Home Office Overhead Need Not Prove...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Wood Elec., Inc. v. Ohio Facilities Constr. Comm’n, 10th Dist. Franklin No. 16AP-643, 2017-Ohio-2743, 2017 Ohio App. Lexis 1745 (May 9, 2017) - The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (“OFCC”), together with a school...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

CAPITOL HILL - “Assessment and Enforcement of Domestic Preferences In Accordance with Buy American Laws.” June 30, 2017. Retrieved from whitehouse.gov. The Office of Management and Budget and Department of Commerce...more

The Importance of a Carefully-Drafted Work-Share Provision - Set-Aside Alert

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Subcontracts contain a number of important provisions that shape the relationship between a prime contractor and its subcontractor. However, there is one provision that overshadows the rest in terms of its significance to the...more

U.S. Government Guidance on Buy American Executive Order Could Signal Impending Headaches for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, 2017, Donald Trump signed a Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American (EO). As we reported at the time, Section 3 of the EO directed the heads of all federal agencies to, among other things:...more

A Quick Guide to Phantom Stock and Stock Appreciation Rights

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In the government contracting world, companies are often reluctant to create true equity incentive plans, such as options and restricted stock units. Small businesses have valid reasons for hesitating to offer equity to new...more

House Small Business Committee Approves Legislation Providing For Expedited Partial Payments of Requests for Equitable Adjustment...

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

A common frustration faced by many small business government contractors, particularly in the construction industry, is how often agencies make very costly unilateral change orders during the course of performance. Although a...more

NEC4 contracts now published

by White & Case LLP on

The NEC has recently published its much anticipated next generation suite of contracts, NEC4. The NEC has chosen the phrase "evolution not revolution" to describe the NEC4 suite. The new suite remains true to the NEC's...more

Court of Federal Claims Asserts Jurisdiction Over OTA Claim

The Court of Federal Claims held for the first time last Friday that damages were available for the Government’s alleged breach of an other transaction agreement (“OTA”), declining to dismiss a contractor’s $47 million claim...more

Post-Award Protest Primer: Part 2

Part 2: Debriefings - You just received an email: “We appreciate your interest in the XYZ procurement. The Agency determined that your proposal did not represent the best value to the Government. Award has been made to...more

June 2017 Protest Roundup

In June 2017, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) issued decisions covering a number of issues. We address the decisions below on the following issues of interest: (1)...more

Spearin Doctrine: A Construction Case Described in A Tweet!

by Burr & Forman on

I read in my Twitter feed this morning about a recent case where the Missouri Court of Appeals formally adopted the Spearin Doctrine. I immediately wondered if I could explain the Spearin Doctrine in less than 140...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Contractor’s Complaint, Declining to Create ‘Ultra Vires’ or ‘Bias’ Exceptions to the...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, 2017 U.S. App. Lexis 7252 (4th Cir., April 25, 2017) - The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently addressed whether the...more

Size Protest Update: Can The SBA Rely On Tax Returns Filed After The Date Of Self-Certification?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The baseline rule for SBA size protests is that a business’s size (for a receipts-based size standard) is determined by looking at the average annual receipts for the last three completed fiscal years. But what if a...more

One Size Does Not Fit All: Hidden Size Certification Issues for 8(a) Contractors With Multiple Award Contracts

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Savvy small business contractors holding Multiple Award Contracts (“MAC”) know that the small business size representations that they make at the outset of contract award will typically last the “life” of the contract, absent...more

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