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Legal Advisor Newsletter - First Quarter 2018

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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

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

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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

SBA Issues New Proposed Rule to Consolidate SDVOSB Eligibility Rules

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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

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

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2018

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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

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

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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

The VA Proposes Placing Responsibility for Issuing Eligibility Regulations with SBA

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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

COFC Decision Foreshadows VA Proposed Rule on Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Eligibility Rules

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Veteran-owned small businesses have long faced inconsistencies between the regulations of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and those of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For example, these inconsistencies can...more

Congressional RAND Study Refutes Common Misperceptions about DoD Bid Protests

A Congressionally mandated research study demonstrates that bid protests filed against Department of Defense (DoD) procurements do not unduly delay these acquisitions and are not frivolous. More than 99.7% of DoD contracts...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: Signals Towards the Federal Government’s Growing Interest in Blockchain Technology

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This is the seventh blog post in a series analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as signed into law on December 12, 2017. Stay tuned for more blog posts covering additional topics in...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - PROTESTS - If the Federal Watchdog Office Works for Contract Protestors, Why the Decline? According to an article posted in the Federal Contracts Report, several reasons could explain the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2017 #2

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Mid-Sized Businesses: Too Big to be Small and Too Small to be Big” House Small Business Committee Press Release, November 14, 2017. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov The House Committee on...more

Changes for Bid Protests in FY 2018 NDAA

For Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions, the Conference Report for FY 2018 NDAA includes enhanced debriefing rights and pilot program for protester payment of Government costs for denied GAO bid protests. Enhanced DoD...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2017

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - SBA - Backlash to SBA Regulatory Research Contract Is Growing - Critics are raising significant concerns about the award of a federal contract to study regulatory costs to two researchers whose...more

Analysis of the Current Draft 2018 NDAA

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This is the first blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

FY 2018 Forecasts: Items of Interest in Contracting, Small Business, and M&A

In the final post of our 2018 Fiscal Year Forecast series, Kevin Mullen and Damien Specht focus on the use of Low Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts, the mounting backlog of security clearance applications, the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2017

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program NAICS Code Updates - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has updated the North American Industry Classification System...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017 #2

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “GSA Adds Hundreds of Small Businesses to the 8(a) STARS II GWAC Contract.”GSA Press Release, June 15, 2017. Retrieved from gsa.gov. The GSA 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract...more

New Option for Past Performance Ratings - Set-Aside Alert

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The difficulties faced by small businesses lacking past performance ratings in winning federal contracts are well known. Please see full Alert below for more information....more

Understanding the Extended Surviving Spousal Protections for SDVOSBs

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A surviving spouse, who is not a Service-Disabled Veteran, must satisfy specific criteria in order to continue running a company as though it remained a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (“SDVOSB”). This right is...more

New Pilot Program Will Give Certain Small Businesses New Option to Obtain Past Performance Ratings

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The difficulties faced by new small businesses lacking past performance ratings in winning federal contracts are well-known. Perhaps the most common approach by which new small businesses get their start in federal...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - First Quarter 2017

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING – 2016 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report: Sustain Rate Hits Nine Year High, Up More Than 10% from 2015 – GAO recently released its annual report to Congress, which included data concerning its...more

Lower Tier Small Business Subcontracting Plan Credit Finally In Sight

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Right before the tail end of 2016, SBA delivered its long-awaited Final Rule regarding lower-tier small business subcontracting plan credit. Implementing directives initiated by Congress in the 2014 National Defense...more

NDAA Makes Changes to the SDVOSB Programs and Authorizes GAO Jurisdiction to Hear Task Order Protests

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Congress often includes provisions dealing with small business programs in its annual National Defense Authorization Act. 2016 was no exception. This year, In Section 1832, Congress has attempted to provide some...more

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