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Review of NAICS Codes Assignments Reveals Inconsistencies and Small Percentage of Successful Appeals

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has released a report on its review of several issues related to the North American Industry Classification System (“NAICS”) codes. Although it found that there are some...more

Legal Advisor Newsletter - First Quarter 2018

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The topics in the Legal Advisor focus primarily on corporate and business matters, federal contracting, employment law, intellectual property and electronic commerce. We encourage our readers to communicate their views to us...more

SEC Budget Highlights Capital Formation and Small Business Capital Formation

In the recently released Congressional Budget Justification, the Securities and Exchange Commission highlights a number of priorities. In discussing the Division of Corporation Finance’s activities, the request notes that...more

Repurposing Retail Properties in the Age of E-commerce

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The question of whether aging commercial properties can find new life and cash flow is one that has haunted the industry since the Great Recession began and continued through 2017 when the “wall of maturities” was expected to...more

Section 809 Panel Releases First Volume of Recommendations for the Overhaul of DoD’s Acquisition Process

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In 2016, Congress instructed the Department of Defense (DoD) to review its procurement regulations by convening a panel of procurement professionals—from both the public and private sectors. This panel became known as the...more

Regulation A+: For Smaller Companies (and ICOs) a Better Way to Go Public?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

With the proliferation of smaller companies seeking to grow their businesses, gain credibility and access capital, Regulation A+ is now increasingly being used as a fundraising tool. ...more

Association Health Plans: Self-Funded vs. Fully-Insured

Recently proposed Department of Labor (Department) regulations governing Association Health Plans (AHPs) would, if made final, permit small employers to be regulated under more favorable, large group rules. The proposed...more

SBA Issues New Proposed Rule to Consolidate SDVOSB Eligibility Rules

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On January 29, 2018, the SBA issued a proposed rule to address and resolve the existing conflicts between the current eligibility requirements in the SBA and VA regulations. This action comes after specific direction in the...more

Senate Considers Legislation That Would Loosen BDC Restrictions

On January 18, 2018, the Small Business Credit Availability Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The Act would amend the Investment Company Act of 1940...more

Web Exclusive: January 2018: The Top 18 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017—and if January is any...more

Senate Considers Legislation That Would Loosen BDC Restrictions

On January 18, 2018, the Small Business Credit Availability Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The Act would amend the Investment Company Act of 1940...more

SBA Proposed Rule Standardizes SDVO SBC Ownership & Control Standards

On January 29, 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposed to significantly amend its regulations to standardize and clarify the ownership and control standards required for qualifying as either a...more

Decoding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Part V: Changes to IRC §163(j) and the Business Interest Deduction Rules

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be...” or at least, if you insist on borrowing (and we understand the appeal), we are here to help you stay abreast of the new rules on deducting interest. BACKGROUND/PRIOR LAW - Interest...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2018

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Procurement of Commercial Items (DFARS case 2016-d006) - The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a final rule, which amended the Defense Federal...more

Small Business, Big Risk: Cybersecurity Threats Facing Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

by Morgan Lewis on

When it comes to cybersecurity and data breaches, smaller businesses do not necessarily make less likely targets. According to a recent report on the state of cybersecurity in small and medium-sized businesses by the Ponemon...more

Defining “Unconditional” Ownership and Control of SDVOSBs: SBA Proposes to Relax Ownership and Control Requirements

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Recently, we wrote about the VA’s proposed rule to eliminate its own ownership and control criteria for SDVOSB and VOSB eligibility under the Vets First contracting program. The proposed rule stems from Congress’ mandate in...more

National 8(a) Winter Conference – Changes Coming for SDVOSBs

Hello from Nashville, Tennessee! I’m currently at the National 8(a) Association’s Winter Conference and had the privilege of participating in a great panel discussion with some of the leading small business scholars and...more

Real Estate Aspects of Tax Reform

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the most extensive overhaul of the United States tax regime in over thirty years. The new tax laws will have a significant impact upon...more

Impugnaciones a licitaciones para pequeñas empresas

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Una impugnación de licitación es un método que permite que un licitante de un contrato gubernamental dispute formalmente la decisión o el proceso de selección del gobierno. Los procedimientos de impugnación de licitaciones...more

Helping Handbook for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires 2017-2018

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This handbook provides an overview of some issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires, mudslides, and related disasters that hit Southern California in December 2017 and...more

The VA Proposes Placing Responsibility for Issuing Eligibility Regulations with SBA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the first blog post by Holland & Knight’s newest government contracts attorney; Mitchell Bashur. Mitchell focuses his practice on government contracts and has extensive experience with protests, small and...more

Expect Changes To New York Sexual Harassment Laws In 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

Following national attention on the #metoo movement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans as part of his State of the State address earlier this month to strengthen New York’s laws on sexual harassment in the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2018 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); Federal Supply Schedule, Order-Level Materials - The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2018 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: 5 New Venture Deliverables Put You Ahead of the Crowd - Building a thorough business plan helps many founders articulate and express their ideas to investors....more

Bid Protests for Small Businesses

by Bilzin Sumberg on

A bid protest is a method for a bidder for a government contract to formally challenge the government’s selection process or decision. Bid-protest procedures vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but there is generally an...more

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