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Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2018 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - San Diego Communications Company Pays More Than $12 Million to Settle False Claim Act Allegations Regarding Eligibility for Small Business Innovation and Research Contracts - According to a news...more

Pre-Award Notifications in a Set-Aside Procurement: Can I Get a Debriefing Now?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

If you pursue contracts that are set aside for small businesses, you have probably noticed that if your proposal is not successful, you will get what is called a “pre-award” notification from the agency informing you of the...more

Federal Contractors’ Guide To Small Business Administration Set-Aside Contracts, Size Standards, Size Protests, And Affiliation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The federal government sets aside a significant portion of its procurement dollars each year for purchasing goods and services from small businesses. Small business set-aside procurements and small business contract awards...more

Control of a Set-aside Entity

by Williams Mullen on

In this episode of GovCon Perspectives, Will Wozniak talks with Shayn Fernandez about what to do when passive investments raise questions of affiliation. Protestors often raise issues of affiliation in the form of size...more

HUBZone Definition of “Employee” Not So Black-and-White

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In a recent decision, HUBZone Appeal of Q Services, Inc., the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) clarified that the number of hours worked by a person does not bar SBA from examining the totality of the circumstances to...more

[Webinar] OASIS Open Season - Overview of the Potential Requirements, Scope and Approach for the OASIS Contract Vehicle - March...

With GSA Successfully completing the first on-ramp of contractors by adding 31 new small businesses to the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Small Business (OASIS SB) Pool 2 contract, it may be time for...more

Small Business Fraud Leads to Large Monetary Liability in Recent Cases

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Two Washington, D.C. area government contractors have agreed to pay the government for their respective roles in defrauding the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in schemes to fraudulently obtain government contracts...more

What Small Businesses Must Consider When Using Teaming Arrangements or Joint Ventures

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Teaming Arrangements under the FAR - Under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 9.6, a contractor teaming arrangement is when: 1. Two or more companies form a partnership or joint venture to act as a potential prime...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hold Back the Tiers: The Difficulties and Potential for Misuse of Cascading Evaluations

by K&L Gates LLP on

In what seems to be an increasing and unfortunate trend for our clients, and for Federal procurement generally, certain agencies are issuing or contemplating solicitations that utilize an improper and/or unauthorized...more

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. What will this mean for employers across the country? A look back at the most recent government shutdown will provide...more

VA looks to SBA for Future Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification

January 10 & 11, 2018 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking which, in effect, (1) would shift the duties of certifying Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) as relates to...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

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS - GSA Names 80 Small Businesses to Lead Alliant 2 SB Competition - On December 7, 2017, the GSA released a pre-award list of 80 companies in the running for the five-year, $15 billion Alliant 2 Small...more

Indictment in $40M Alleged Fraud Case Signals Increased Scrutiny of SDVOSB Government Contractors

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the federal grand indictment of an army veteran for allegedly engaging in major government program fraud by using his status as a service-disabled veteran to...more

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Year-End Report: Fast Figures Small and Large Businesses Need to Know

The Small Business Administration (SBA) started accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) in October 2016, but SBA has seen a surge in applications in 2017....more

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