Megan Connor was recently quoted in Bloomberg Government Federal Contracts Report article, "GAO to Pentagon: Not So Fast With Your Cloud Services Award."

June 19, 2018
Megan Connor was recently quoted in Bloomberg Government Federal Contracts Report in an article discussing GAO’s decision that DOD overstepped its other transaction authority in making a $950 million award to REAN Cloud LLC, based on a protest filed by Oracle Corp. Ms. Connor stated that GAO "simply applied the plain language of the other transaction authority statute to find the Army did not comply." Further she stated, "[f]rankly, I'm surprised the Army didn't take corrective action to avoid a published decision—particularly given the blowback DOD received when the initial award amount of $950 million was made public." When asked about the import of GAO’s decision, Ms. Connor stated that the decision is "significant if for no other reason than that the use of other transaction authority has increased dramatically in the last five years and any decision by GAO on its use is notable."

Jon Williams Interviewed by Veterans N Transition on Partnering & Teaming

June 19, 2018
Jon Williams was recently interviewed by Veterans N Transision at the Veterans in Business Conference. In this video, Jon was asked about choosing the right teaming partner and how to protect your company and your teaming agreements. He also got the chance to talk about PilieroMazza's commitment to the Veteran Community.

PilieroMazza Works With the House Small Business Subcommittee to Examine VA Compliance with Vets First

June 12, 2018
On June 7, 2018, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations (“Subcommittee”) held a hearing to examine the resources of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) for veteran-owned small businesses (“VOSB”), specifically the Veterans First Contracting Program (“Vets First”). The Subcommittee invited testimony from the National Veteran Small Business Coalition, the American Legion, and two service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (“SDVOSB”). 

At the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Trent Kelly said that despite VA’s authority to assist veterans through the Vets First program, “VA has continued to impede its own authority and work against the intentions of Congress by creating internal regulations and policies that make it harder to award contracts to veteran-owned small businesses.”  The statements of the Subcommittee members and the testifying witnesses confirmed the issues plaguing SDVOSBs and VOSBs that do business with VA through the Vets First program due to the significant efforts of VA to minimize and avoid using the Vets First program.  PilieroMazza attorneys Jon Williams and Julia Di Vito, along with the Coalition to Defend Vets First, helped to get this hearing scheduled by the Subcommittee and attended the hearing along with a PilieroMazza client who testified about this important issue. 

This hearing was a substantial first step in advancing SDVOSB, VOSB, and small business issues that PilieroMazza has been working to get VA and Congress to address.  For more information about this hearing, click here.

Jon Williams and Jackie Unger to present a webinar on the Buy American Act for the Northwest Commission PTAC

June 7, 2018
PTAC Workshop – The Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act: Understanding Federal Domestic Preference Requirements

Location: Webinar

Time: 1:30p-2:30p

Free webinar hosted by the Northwest Commission Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and presented by PilieroMazza PLLC law firm.

Given the Trump administration’s intent for stricter enforcement of domestic preference requirements, government contractors need to stay abreast of the relevant laws and regulations, such as the Buy American Act (“BAA”) and the Trade Agreement Act (“TAA”).

Join Jon Williams and Jackie Unger, attorneys with PilieroMazza, a law firm specializing in government contracting, as they discuss:
  • The general requirements of the BAA and TAA
  • The applicability of the requirements and exceptions to their applicability
  • Tests for determining a product’s country of origin
  • Relevant FAR clauses and certifications
  • The potential penalties for non-compliance
  • Practical tips and strategies for compliance
TO REGISTER: Visit https://nwpaptac.ecenterdirect.com/events or email melissab@northwestpa.org. Registrants will receive a separate email confirmation containing a link to access the webinar on the specified date & time.

Jon Williams will present at the SYNNEX Diversity Alliance Program

May 22, 2018


Jon Williams, a partner in our Government Contracts Group, will be the featured presenter at the SYNNEX Corporation Diversity Alliance Partner event in Memphis, TN on May 21-22. Jon will be presenting two topics, everything contractors need to know about protests and corporate compliance strategies.

About the Diversity Alliance Program: SYNNEX is committed to providing programs and services to help the small-business reseller succeed in this industry. SYNNEX’ Diversity Alliance Program is a community for our diversity partners, system integrators, and vendors that allows each of them to provide technology products for the government while fulfilling government targeted set-aside goals.
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