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Small Business Federal Contractors

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

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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

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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

Court of Federal Claims Rejects SBA Decision that Future Conditional Restriction on Stock Ownership Destroys “Unconditional...

Veteran-owned small businesses have long grappled with seemingly benign drafting inconsistencies between Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations that can leave a business...more

November 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This roundup of interesting bid protest decisions issued in November 2017 highlights two decisions, both at the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”). The first reminds contractors that competitors can work together when...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

If You Don’t Do the Work, You Might Do Time Instead: Service-Disabled Veteran Faces Jail Time for Failing to Run Day-to-Day...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Government recently indicted an Army veteran for allegedly using his status as a service-disabled veteran to help a company qualify as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business and falsely obtain nearly $40 million...more

What Does a Potential Replacement of the Category Management Circular Mean for Contractors?

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Approximately one year ago, we submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) Proposed OMB Circular No. A-XXX, Implementing Category Management for Common Goods and Services. As explained in a blog post...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

Considerations When Bringing on a New Owner

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The attorneys at PilieroMazza's Colorado office frequently assists businesses in drafting, amending, and negotiating their operating agreements, bylaws, and shareholders’ agreements. When this exercise involves a government...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

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Fourth Quarter 2017

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Business and Corporate Special Issue - We are excited to bring you this special edition of The Legal Advisor focused on our Business & Corporate Group. The articles in this issue highlight the diverse array of matters...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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Mentor Protégé Joint Venture Allowed to Proceed with Contract Even Though Ineligible to Bid

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In an unsealed opinion on October 30, 2017, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Nancy Firestone held that a company, which should have been deemed ineligible from bidding, was allowed to proceed with a contract award because...more

OFCCP Files Its First Complaint Against A Federal Contractor During the Trump Administration

On October 10, 2017, the U.S. Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) filed its first Complaint against a federal contractor since President Trump took office. The Complaint alleges that contractor Advance...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

Has the Government Solicited Bids Under the Correct 2017 NAICS Code? Here’s How to Make Sure That It Does!

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

On October 1, 2017, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) updated its table of the North American Industry Classification System (“NAICS”) codes, which resulted in numerous changes, including additional industries,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition for Certiorari on Constitutional Challenge to 8(a) Program

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On October 16, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Rothe Development, Inc. in Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense & Small Business Administration. Rothe, a...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

Limitations on Subcontracting – What’s the Latest and Why Isn’t It in My Contract Yet?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Over a year ago, SBA released its final rule implementing changes in how limitations on subcontracting are calculated for set-aside prime contracts. Not a day goes by that we do not field questions from clients as to what...more

Important Update Regarding 8(a) Applications

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Seemingly without notice, this past weekend, SBA updated its General Login System (“GLS”) to no longer allow new 8(a) applicants to create a profile in GLS. This is so that SBA can launch their streamlined and modernized 8(a)...more

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