BLOG: What Will Happen to the DoD's Mentor-Protégé Program?

June 11, 2019
By Emily J. Rouleau
As many of our clients know, there are several mentor-protégé programs run either by the SBA or specific agencies that are intended to help small businesses develop and enhance their ability to serve as a prime contractor or subcontractor in federal contracts. For example, the SBA has the 8(a) mentor-protégé program and the all-small mentor-protégé program, and it also approves agency mentor-protégé programs, such as the Department of Homeland Security's program, which is designed to help small businesses obtain and perform subcontracts under agency prime contracts.
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BLOG: Halting Employee's Right to Report Cybersecurity Noncompliance Can Land Government Contractors in Hot Water

May 28, 2019
By Sarah L. Nash
Last week signaled a potential rude awakening for government contractors subject to cybersecurity requirements. A California U.S. district court ruled that allegations against Aerojet Rocketdyne could progress following a former employee's complaint that the company terminated his employment after he disclosed cybersecurity failures to the company's board of directors and refused to sign documents indicating that the company was compliant. Among the employee's chief allegations is a charge that the company violated the False Claims Act by falsely representing its level of compliance with applicable cybersecurity standards so it could appear eligible for certain federal government contract awards.
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BLOG: Corporate Transactions and Affiliation Pitfalls

May 28, 2019
By Francis G. Massaro
As a small business grows and expands, it may have opportunities to bring on new investors, provide equity incentives to obtain, incentivize and retain key employees and directors, and enter into acquisitions and other transactions with other entities.
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BLOG: Challenging a Negative CPARS: What Remedies Are Available?

May 22, 2019
By Samuel S. Finnerty
As any experienced government contractor knows, poor performance under a federal contract can have significant consequences. Not only can it lead to contract termination and damages, but it can also affect a contractor's ability to obtain future work, as agencies are generally required to consider past performance information posted on the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System ("CPARS") when making source selection decisions. Because a CPARS rating is generally valid for 3 years (6 years for construction/architect-engineer contracts), a contractor may be inclined to challenge a negative CPARS if it believes it has been unfairly evaluated. As outlined below, there are a number of ways this can be done. However, the specific remedies available when challenging a negative CPARS will depend largely on the venue/juncture at which relief is obtained.
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BLOG: In Win for Whistleblowers, Supreme Court Clarifies Statute of Limitations for False Claims Act Actions Where Government Elects Not to Intervene

May 20, 2019
By Timothy F. Valley
Recently, in Cochise Consultancy, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Hunt, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split and clarified in a unanimous decision that the statute of limitations period for qui tam actions where the Government declines to intervene could extend to ten years, if the plaintiff can show when the Government knew or should have known of the material facts related to the alleged false claim. The Supreme Court noted that under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3731(b), civil actions must be brought either (1) within six years of when the alleged violation occurred; or (2) "[three] years after ‘the official of the United States charged with responsibility to act in the circumstances' knew or should have known the relevant facts, but not more than [ten] years after the violation . . . ." And, whichever period is later qualifies as the limitations period, even if the Government chooses not to intervene in the action.
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