Government Contracts

BLOG: Open-Source Software in Federal Procurements: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Part 2 – The Bad

January 24, 2020
By Isaias "Cy" Alba IV
In the first post of this series, we discussed "the good" of open-source software and why federal buyers should find it attractive. However, when it comes to the federal government accepting open-source code with open arms, the reality is certainly more mixed. Faced with changing and technical regulations, government contractors need to know the major drawbacks of using open-source code in government contracts. In this second entry to our open-source series, we explore "the bad" impacts of open-source use in government contracting.
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BLOG: Top Priorities from SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza

January 20, 2020
By Antonio R. Franco
On January 7, 2020, the Senate confirmed U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza as the 26th Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). During her testimony before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Carranza listed a number of priorities she will bring to her role at SBA. Below are notable priorities that may impact small businesses and/or government contractors.
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BLOG: The FCA Continues to Pay (For the Government): Key Takeaways from DOJ's FY 2019 Fraud Statistics

January 14, 2020
By Matthew E. Feinberg
On January 9, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it recovered more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and the False Claims Act (FCA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which ended September 30, 2019. Along with the announcement, the government issued its annual fraud statistics report for the fiscal year. The government's announcement and report confirmed trends in FCA litigation and other fraud cases that government contractors should look out for in 2020 and beyond.
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BLOG: DoD's Upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): Still on Target?

January 10, 2020
By Jon Williams and Anna R. Wright
PilieroMazza has been blogging a lot over the past year about the Department of Defense's (DoD) highly anticipated CMMC. And there has been a lot to say, from the early stages of CMMC as a new "overarching standard," to its first public draft release, through its first major streamlining, and finally to its latest public draft release in early December 2019. The pace of developments is expected to increase in 2020 as DoD releases a compliance checklist, finalizes the certification standards, and begins accrediting third parties that will ultimately issue CMMCs to contractors. With CMMC expected to become a requirement of certain DoD contracts by the end of this fiscal year, CMMC truly is a game-changer for any government contractor working directly for DoD or in the DoD supply chain.
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BLOG: The Implications of SBA's Proposed Rule Changes for Tribally Owned 8(a) Businesses

January 8, 2020
By Peter B. Ford and Emily J. Rouleau
SBA recently published a proposed rule that would merge its mentor-protégé programs and amend many of its rules governing the 8(a) program. Our firm's managing partner, Pam Mazza, recently explained the rule's significant implications for the government contracting community. In particular, SBA's proposed rule would make a number of changes to the 8(a) program and regulations applicable to tribally owned 8(a) businesses. Pam and Peter will be attending a tribal consultation meeting in Oklahoma City on January 16, 2020 where tribes and ANCs can weigh in on the changes SBA is proposing. In advance, we have highlighted a few of the proposed changes that may benefit these firms.
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