PilieroMazza PLLC. RSS Feedhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10en-us24 Apr 2019firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssGaining a Competitive Advantage Through Cyber, Data, & Personnel Securityhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=89722&format=xml05 Jun 2019Events<img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/Cyber Header v4[4082].jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="1167" height="430" /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: larger;"><strong>Wednesday, June 5, 2019<br /> 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM<br /> <br /> Registration is from 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM<br /> Breakfast and Free Parking Included</strong></span></div> <br /> Cybersecurity and protection of sensitive data from external and insider threats are critical for federal contractors across all industries and in all market positions. Each significant data breach or cyber incident and corresponding legislative and regulatory initiatives confirms that cyber, data, and personnel security will continue to dominate the federal contracting landscape. <br /> <br /> In this environment, contractors need to move beyond viewing compliance as a cost center. Your compliance posture presents a significant opportunity to gain (or lose) a competitive advantage in the pursuit of federal prime contracts and subcontracts. Indeed, we are seeing cyber, data, and personnel security regularly impact contractors in entering into teaming arrangements, proposal writing, award decisions, protests, hiring and employee training, and mergers and acquisitions. <br /> <br /> PilieroMazza&rsquo;s Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, and Personnel Security group is pleased to present this forum to bring together perspectives from leading practitioners to discuss how cybersecurity, supply chain risk management, data rights, and personnel security are shaping the competitive landscape for federal prime contracts and subcontracts. Panel presentations will provide insights and strategies to help contractors gain a competitive advantage through discussions of:&nbsp; <ul> <li>How cybersecurity is impacting award decisions and teaming for federal contracts</li> <li>Protecting your data rights</li> <li>Cybersecurity in due diligence and mergers and acquisitions</li> <li>Developing a robust insider threat program and other risk mitigation strategies&nbsp;</li> </ul> <hr /> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">Who Should Attend<br /> </span></h3> <p>This conference is specifically designed for professionals in the government contracting sector -- from all industries -- who manage cybersecurity, data rights, and personnel security for their organizations, including business owners and C-suite executives, and technology and human resource professionals.</p> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">Confirmed Speakers </span></h3> In addition to PilieroMazza partners Jon Williams, Cy Alba, Megan Connor, and others from our team, we are pleased to be joined by:&nbsp; <ul> <li>Jerry Howe, General Counsel for Leidos</li> <li>Mark Drever, President &amp; CEO of Xcelerate Solutions</li> <li>Philip McMann, Partner with Aronson Capital Partners</li> <li>Tim Brennan, CEO of SysArc Inc.</li> <li><span data-mce-style="font-size: medium;">Nat Bongiovanni, Chief Technology Officer, NTT Data&nbsp;Federal Services, Inc.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span data-mce-style="font-size: medium;">Mark Swaak,&nbsp;Vice President, Government Contracting, M&amp;T Bank</span></li> <li><span data-mce-style="font-size: medium;">Cyber Insurance expert from Assurance Agency</span></li> </ul> <div>More speakers will be confirmed and a full agenda will be available soon.&nbsp;</div> <hr /> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">&nbsp;Draft Agenda&nbsp;</span></h3> <ul> <li><strong>Cybersecurity as a Competitive Advantage:&nbsp;</strong>This panel will encourage contractors to stop viewing cybersecurity compliance as merely a cost center and instead see it as a real opportunity to gain (or lose) a competitive advantage in winning federal prime contracts and subcontracts. The large contractor panelists will share real-world insights on what vendors and subcontractors need to demonstrate in terms of cybersecurity compliance to get on teams and do work with their firms.&nbsp; The small business panelist will share the view from the other side, on how they gained a competitive edge through cyber/data/personnel security.&nbsp; The panelists will also forecast where they think contractors need to focus their cyber compliance efforts to best position themselves to win work.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Protecting Data Rights and Cybersecurity in M&amp;A Transactions:&nbsp;</strong>This panel will discuss what contractors need to do to protect their data rights/IP and how both cyber and data rights are increasingly affecting mergers and acquisitions for federal contractors.&nbsp; The panelists will discuss real-world examples of strategies contractors can use to protect data rights and prepare for how cybersecurity and data rights can impact due diligence and closing a transaction.</li> <li><strong>Managing Insider Threats and Other Risk Mitigation Strategies:&nbsp;</strong>Developing a robust insider threat program is critical for many federal contractors.&nbsp; This panel will discuss the keys to a successful insider threat program and the importance of educating and training your personnel.&nbsp; This panel will also discuss other strategies to manage the risk of cyber, data, and personnel security compliance.</li> </ul> <hr /> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">Details</span></h3> <table width="500" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);"><strong>&nbsp;Date:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></span></td> <td>Wednesday, June 5, 2019<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">&nbsp;Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </span></strong></td> <td>7:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET (Registration is from 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM)<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);"><strong>&nbsp;Location:&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></span></td> <td>Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center<br /> 7901 Tysons One Place<br /> Tysons, VA 22102<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">&nbsp;Cost:<br type="_moz" /> </span></strong></td> <td>$75 - Includes breakfast and free parking</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-event-tickets-58320205304 " target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/Register button v2.png" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="200" height="52" /><br /> </a><hr /> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">Gold Sponsors&nbsp;</span></h3> <h3><a href="https://www.xceleratesolutions.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/Xcelerate-Logo-RGB - Standard-01[4110].jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="left" alt="" border="0" width="200" height="50" /></a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.leidos.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/Leidos Logo.png" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="200" height="50" /><br /> <br type="_moz" /> </a><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">Silver Sponsors</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</h3> <a href="https://aronsonllc.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/Aronson formatted for website.png" hspace="5" vspace="5" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="200" height="100" /></a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.sysarc.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/SysArc formatted for website.png" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="200" height="100" /></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.assuranceagency.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/Assurance Logo.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="200" height="100" /></a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/MT Bank Logo2.png" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="200" height="100" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/NTT_Data for Website.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="200" height="100" />https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Megan Connor Will be Speaking at the 2019 Pathway to Growth Procurement Conferencehttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=90681&format=xml17 May 2019Events<div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(9, 54, 122);">2019 Pathway to Growth Procurement Conference<br /> The Universities at Shady Grove<br /> 9630 Gudelsky Dr, Rockville, MD<br /> Friday, May 17, 2019<br /> 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM</span></strong></div> <br /> The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) GovConNet Pathway to Growth Procurement Conference is a seamless intersection between networking, insightful knowledge, and opportunity. The Procurement Conference provides the unique opportunity to gain valuable insights and meet directly with key purchasing agents from a variety of prime contractors and federal, state, and local government agencies.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Megan, along with a few other panelists, will be speaking on How to Successfully Make it Down the Growth &quot;Runway&quot; - Lessons Learned in Successfully Transitioning from Small to Midsize and Beyond.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> This dynamic session will provide business owners with realistic options for growing beyond small while maintaining your success as a government contractor. <br /> <br /> <a href="https://montgomerymdcoc.wliinc25.com/events/MCCC-GovConNet-Pathway-to-Growth-Procurement-Conference-2019-428/register" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/RegisterHere1.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="146" height="41" /></a><br /> <br /> <br />https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: Managing and Incentivizing Employeeshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=90685&format=xml16 May 2019Events<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: larger;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(9, 54, 122);">A PilieroMazza Webinar</span></strong></span></div> <br /> Attracting and retaining talent is a key challenge for many businesses in this current economic cycle where low unemployment and access to cleared employees is a common challenge. In this webinar, we will focus on achieving business goals through attracting, incentivizing, and managing employees. We will review the various options available to companies with differing corporate structures, at different stages of growth, and with differing objectives. We will discuss how company goals can determine what incentives to put in place and what restrictions to impose on employees in exchange for those benefits. <br /> <br /> <strong>Objectives</strong><br /> &bull; Essential components of an employment agreement <br /> &bull; Options for incentive plans (bonus, stock, synthetic equity, etc.) <br /> &bull; Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and limitations <br /> &bull; Other retention and recruiting strategies <br /> <br /> <table width="400" border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>DATE:&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;Thursday, May 16, 2019&nbsp; &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>TIME:</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>COST:</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;Complimentary</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2694894601843670540" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/RegisterHere1.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="146" height="41" /></a>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Buying and Selling Government Contracting Small Businesses: Growth and Exit Strategies Through M&Ahttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=90683&format=xml16 May 2019Events<br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: larger;"><span style="color: rgb(9, 54, 122);"><strong>Buying and Selling Government Contracting Small Businesses: Growth and Exit Strategies Through M&amp;A<br /> 1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1000, Washington D.C. 20036<br /> Thursday, May 16, 2019<br /> 10:00 AM -12:00 PM (EST)</strong></span></span><span style="color: rgb(9, 54, 122);"><strong><br /> </strong></span></div> <span style="color: rgb(9, 54, 122);"><strong> </strong></span><br /> Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) In-Person Training and Simulcast Webinar <br /> Presented By PilieroMazza's Kathryn Hickey and Erin Andrew with Live Oak Bank.<br /> <br /> Most women entrepreneurs only consider growing their business through business development, but what if you could grow your business exponetially through Mergers and Acquisitions?<br /> <br /> Put your business in the fast lane by purchase contracts and past performance.<br /> <br /> This event will provide you with the basics of M&amp;A, including finance and legal considerations.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Topics include:<br /> &bull; Gaining past performance through strategic acquisition<br /> &bull; Strategic growth through business combinations<br /> &bull; How to prepare your business or a division for potential sale<br /> &bull; Structuring options in govcon M&amp;A transactions<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.wipp.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1215935&amp;group=" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/RegisterHere1.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="146" height="41" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" />https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: Category Management - What Every Contractor Needs to Knowhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=90818&format=xml02 May 2019Events<table width="800" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Michelle Litteken</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Category Management: What Every Contractor Needs to Know</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>May 2, 2019 at 2 PM</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Women Impacting Public Policy</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this <a href="https://www.wipp.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1215115" target="_blank">link</a> to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Description:</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>The federal government is trying to buy smarter and more like a single enterprise. Category Management enables the government to eliminate redundancies, increase efficiencies, and deliver more value and savings. But what does all of this mean to small businesses?</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Michelle E. Litteken24 Apr 2019Featured Attorneyhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Peter Ford Will be Speaking at the PTAC HUBZone and Small Business Conferencehttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=90682&format=xml23 Apr 2019Events<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: rgb(9, 54, 122);"><strong>PTAC HUBZone and Small Business Conference<br /> Tuesday, April 23, 2019 to Wednesday, April 24, 2019 <br /> 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM<br /> Sky Ute Casino Resort<br /> Ignacio, CO</strong></span></div> <br /> The &ldquo;4 Corners PTACs&rdquo; from Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development will be hosting this small business conference. Come visit Peter Ford and learn the ins and outs of the HUBZone program, meet and learn from government agencies, other subject matter experts, HUBZone businesses, and prime contractors!<br /> <br /> Conference Hotel Info:<br /> <br /> Please call the casino to make a reservation and ask for the 4 Corners HUBZone and Small Business Conference. Room rates are $95.00 per night. These rates are available for April 22-24, 2019.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Hotel Name: Sky Ute Casino Resort<br /> Address: 14324 Hwy 172, Ignacio, CO 81137<br /> Phone: (970) 563-777<br /> Website: <a href="https://www.skyutecasino.com/" target="_blank">http://www.skyutecasino.com</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://eventdex.force.com/BLN_RegistrationDym?id=a190H000006etWCQAY" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/RegisterHere1.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="146" height="41" /></a><br /> <br /> <br />https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10ANNOUNCEMENT: 14 PilieroMazza Lawyers Recognized in 2019 Super Lawyers® Listinghttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=90694&format=xml22 Apr 2019News<div><span style="font-size: large;">The 2019 edition of <em>Super Lawyers&reg;</em> recognizes 14 </span><span style="font-size: larger;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: large;"><u>PilieroMazza</u></span></a></span><span style="font-size: large;"> lawyers as &ldquo;Super Lawyers&rdquo; or &ldquo;Rising Stars&rdquo; in their respective practice areas, which include </span><span style="font-size: larger;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: large;"><u>Government Contracts</u></span></a></span><span style="font-size: large;">, </span><span style="font-size: larger;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: large;"><u>Labor &amp; Employment</u></span></a></span><span style="font-size: large;">, and </span><span style="font-size: larger;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/litigation" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: large;"><u>Litigation</u></span></a></span><span style="font-size: large;">. This year&rsquo;s listing represents more than 60% of the firm&rsquo;s attorneys, showcasing PilierMazza&rsquo;s commitment to client service and legal excellence.<br /> <br /> New to the list are Associates </span><span style="font-size: larger;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/jacqueline-k-unger/23" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: large;"><u>Jacqueline K. Unger</u></span></a></span><span style="font-size: large;"> and </span><span style="font-size: larger;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/timothy-f-valley/31" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: large;"><u>Timothy F. Valley</u></span></a></span><span style="font-size: large;">. Please see the full list below.</span><span style="font-size: large;"><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: larger;"><u><strong>Super Lawyers</strong></u></span><u><strong><br /> </strong></u><br /> </span></div> <table width="65%" border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="1" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="25%" align="center" valign="middle" nowrap="nowrap"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>&nbsp;Attorney</strong></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>&nbsp;Title</strong></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>&nbsp;Practice</strong></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>&nbsp;Office</strong></span></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/pamela-j-mazza/1" target="_blank">Pamela J. Mazza</a></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Managing Partner</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;G<span style="font-family: Arial;">overnment Contrac</span>ts</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Washington, DC</span></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle" nowrap="nowrap"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/antonio-r-franco/6" target="_blank">Antonio R. Franco</a></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Partner</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Government Contracts</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Washington, DC</span></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/jonathan-t-williams/7" target="_blank">Jonathan T. Williams</a></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Partner</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Government Contracts</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Washington, DC</span></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: larger;"><strong>.</strong></span></span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: larger;"><u><strong><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Rising Stars</strong></u></span><u><strong><br /> </strong></u><br /> </span></div> <table width="65%" border="1" align="left" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="25%" align="center" valign="middle" nowrap="nowrap"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>&nbsp;Attorney</strong></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>&nbsp;Title</strong></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>&nbsp;Practice</strong></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>&nbsp;Office</strong></span></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/isaias-alba-iv/8" target="_blank">Isaias &ldquo;Cy&rdquo; Alba IV</a></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><font color="#ffffff">&nbsp;</font>Partner</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Government Contracts</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Washington, DC</span></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole D. Atallah</a></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Partner</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Labor &amp; Employment</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Washington, DC</span></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/megan-c-connor/3" target="_blank">Megan C. Connor</a></span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Partner</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Government Contracts</span></div> </td> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Washington, DC</span></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/peter-b-ford/15" target="_blank">Peter B. 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Moreover, PilieroMazza&rsquo;s efficient operational structure and lean approach to staffing matters translates into competitive pricing for our clients, while providing the highest standard of client service and legal acumen.&nbsp;<br /> </span> </span> <table width="100%" border="0" align="left" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: small;"> <span style="font-family: Arial;"> <br /> With lawyers in Washington, DC; Boulder, CO; and Chicago, IL, PilieroMazza is privileged to represent clients in the following areas:</span></span><span style="font-size: smaller;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br /> </span> </span> <table width="40%" border="0" align="left" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" valign="top" width="50%"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">- </span></span><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/audits-investigations" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;"> Audits &amp; Investigations</span></a><span style="font-size: small;"><br /> - </span><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/business-corporate-law" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">Business &amp; Corporate Law</span></a><span style="font-size: small;"><br /> - </span><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/cybersecurity" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">Cybersecurity &amp; Data Privacy</span></a><span style="font-size: small;"><br /> - </span><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/false-claims-act" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">False Claims Act</span></a><span style="font-size: small;"><br /> - </span><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">Government Contracts Law</span></a></td> <td align="left" valign="top" width="50%"><span style="font-size: small;">- </span><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/intellectual-property-law" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">Intellectual Property &amp; Rights</span></a><span style="font-size: small;"><br /> - </span><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">Labor &amp; Employment Law</span></a><span style="font-size: small;"><br /> - </span><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/litigation" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">Litigation</span></a><span style="font-size: small;"><br /> - </span><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/small-business-administration-programs" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">Small Business Programs &amp; Advisory Services</span></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: An Agency's Corrective Action Decision Is Not Immune to Protest—What Does It Take to Win?https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=90684&format=xml19 Apr 2019Blog<div style="text-align: justify;">Corrective action is a common outcome of a bid protest. Indeed, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that 29% of the protests filed in FY 2018 resulted in corrective action. If you are a protester, that may be great news. In the case of a post-award protest, it likely means that you have another shot at award. However, if you are an intervenor, it means the agency chose not to defend your award, and you could lose the contract. What can an intervenor do?<br /> <br /> Because an agency&rsquo;s decision to take corrective action is an action made in connection with a procurement or a proposed procurement, it may be protested by any adversely affected party. While it is possible to protest a corrective action decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit&rsquo;s decision in <a href="http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/17-2516.Opinion.10-5-2018.pdf" target="_blank"><u>Dell Federal Systems, L.P. v. United States</u>, Fed. Cir. Nos. 2017-2516, 2017-2535 &amp; 2017-2554 (Oct. 5, 2018)</a>, dashed the hopes of potential protesters by holding that a corrective action need not be &ldquo;narrowly targeted&rdquo; to correct a procurement defect. Rather, the Federal Circuit held that an agency is only required to have a rational basis for its corrective action decision&mdash;a relatively low bar to meet.<br /> <br /> A recent decision from GAO shows hope is not lost and that it is possible to successfully challenge an agency&rsquo;s decision to take corrective action. In <a href="https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/698531.pdf" target="_blank"><u>NavQSys, LLC</u>, B-417028.3 (Mar. 27, 2019)</a>, the agency initially selected a small business joint venture for award. The solicitation required the offeror to have a valid top secret facility clearance, and both members of the joint venture had clearances. A protester challenged the award, arguing that the joint venture itself must have a clearance. The agency responded by taking corrective action. Specifically, it would terminate the contract and make a new award to the protester. The joint venture filed a protest, challenging the corrective action.<br /> <br /> In its protest of the corrective action, the joint venture argued that the agency&rsquo;s decision was unreasonable and inadequately documented. The agency defended its decision, contending that the joint venture was ineligible to compete under the terms of the solicitation. GAO rejected the agency&rsquo;s position because the only documentation supporting the corrective action decision was a single email from a division chief within the agency and the corrective action notice. Notably, when GAO asked the agency to supplement the record with any other documents relating to the agency&rsquo;s conclusion, the agency advised GAO that there were no other documents. GAO sustained the protest, stating: &ldquo;Here, nothing in the record reflects the agency&rsquo;s apparent determination that award should no longer be made to NavQSys. The agency provided no clear interpretation of the facilities clearance provision nor explained how it applied to NavQSys&rsquo; proposal.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> For an awardee disappointed with an agency&rsquo;s decision to take corrective action, <u>NavQSys, LLC</u> shows that it is possible to successfully challenge the decision. If you have questions about protesting a corrective action or other protests, please contact <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/michelle-e-litteken/24" target="_blank">Michelle E. Litteken</a>&mdash;Counsel in PilieroMazza&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">Government Contracts Group</a>. Michelle can be reached at <a href="mailto:mlitteken@pilieromazza.com">mlitteken@pilieromazza.com</a> or at 202.857.1000.</div>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Weekly Report for April 19, 2019https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/files/News/Weekly Report for April 19 2019.pdf19 Apr 2019Weekly Update Newsletter<h3><u><em>GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING</em></u></h3> <strong>As reported by Bloomberg Government, the Department of Health and Human Services is <a href="https://www.fbo.gov/index.php?s=opportunity&amp;mode=form&amp;id=5450dbd6e10d459f9698feb54d406270&amp;tab=core&amp;_cview=1" target="_blank">competing</a> for a follow-on contract worth as much as $347 million to continue implementing the federal employee and contractor identification, authentication, and cybersecurity standards outlined in the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (<a href="https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-presidential-directive-12" target="_blank">HSPD-12</a>). </strong> The scope of the contract&mdash;called the HSPD-12 Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Systems Integration Support (SiS)&mdash;falls into two domains. Both domains aim to ensure that employees and contractors have credentials for access to HHS facilities and systems, including a smart card management system, logical access management system, public key infrastructure services, and physical access systems. Domain 1 services are for support of the steady-state operations and maintenance (O&amp;M) of the Identity, Credential, and (logical) Access Management (ICAM) systems and capabilities, as well as the development of new capabilities required to enhance solution components. Domain 2 is for ancillary strategic services related to enterprise ICAM capabilities aligned with the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap, HSPD-12 policy, standards, and guidelines. Domain 2 contractors will assist HHS in planning, prototyping and piloting IAM@HHS processes and components that utilize best practices for interoperability, achieve enterprise efficiencies and accommodate future changes in regulations, guidance, and business needs. Responses are due May 15, 2019.<br /> <br /> <strong>According to Law360, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking proposals to clean up abandoned mines on or near Navajo land under a contract valued at about $220 million, with the agency saying it is exclusively looking for bids from small businesses. </strong> The agency said that it expects to award multiple contracts for cleanup, response, and construction services to small businesses over a five-year period. Work will take place at former uranium mine sites in the Navajo and Grants, New Mexico, mining district areas. According to the agency, 30 million tons of ore were mined on and adjacent to Navajo Nation land between 1944 and 1986, resulting in 523 abandoned mines. In recent years, the agency has reached enforcement agreements and settlements totaling $1.7 billion with mining companies, aimed at reducing the risk of radiation exposure to Navajo people. Thanks to these settlements, there is now funding available to clean up 219 of the 523 abandoned mines. The agency has identified 46 mines as cleanup priorities given their proximity to homes and the risk of potential water contamination they pose, according to its website.<br /> <br /> <strong>According to Bloomberg Government, the Department of Education&rsquo;s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office is seeking small businesses to deliver Middleware architecture and services technology under a 10-year, $100 million contract</strong>, per a final request for proposal released on April 15. Middleware&mdash;software that connects a computer&rsquo;s operating system and the applications running on it&mdash;allows for data management, cybersecurity services, and support for communications and cloud computing. The FSA contract, known as Enterprise Middleware Architecture and Services (EMAS), will help FSA migrate applications to the cloud and provide program management, quality assurance, architecture management, release and deployment management, security, and ancillary support. Proposals are due May 14, and FSA plans to announce single or multiple contract awards in June. The contract is expected to start sometime between July and September.<br /> <br /> <strong>The Department of Justice </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndca/pr/sunnyvale-based-network-security-company-agrees-pay-545000-resolve-false-claims-act" target="_blank"><strong>reported</strong></a><strong> that Fortinet, Inc. has agreed to a settlement valued at $545,000 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by falsely representing its products were in compliance with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), 19 U.S.C. &sect; 2501 et seq.</strong> The TAA generally prohibits certain government contractors from purchasing products that are not entirely from, or &ldquo;substantially transformed&rdquo; in, the United States or certain designated countries. Fortinet acknowledged that between January of 2009 and the fall of 2016, the responsible employee directed certain employees and contractors to change product labels so that no country of origin was listed, or to include the phrases &ldquo;Designed in the United States and Canada,&rdquo; or &ldquo;Assembled in the United States.&rdquo; Fortinet acknowledged that the responsible employee&rsquo;s actions involved products sold to certain distributors that subsequently sold them to resellers, which in turn sold a portion of them to U.S. government end users. The responsible employee has since been terminated from employment with Fortinet.<br /> <br /> <h3><u><em>LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT</em></u></h3> <strong>According to Government Executive, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is <a href="https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2019/04/new-whistleblower-protection-office-under-investigation-retaliating-against-whistleblowers/156314/?oref=top-story" target="_blank">investigating</a> a new office that was designed to protect whistleblowers from reprisal but faces allegations of aiding retaliation against them.</strong> The VA/OIG is investigating allegations of senior VA employee misconduct and is looking into activities at the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) as part of an ongoing review of the implementation of the 2017 law that created OAWP. President Trump created OAWP by executive order in 2017 and later codified it when he signed the 2017 VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. Per the article, the office was mostly celebrated, with advocates hopeful that the focus on the rights and protections for whistleblowers would reverse a culture infamous for intimidation and reprisal. However, Government Executive noted that that optimism has largely soured leading to hotline tips to the inspector general and bipartisan scrutiny from Congress. Some VA employees reportedly told Government Executive that they felt betrayed or neglected by an office they believed would help them.<br /> <br /> <strong>The Department of Labor </strong><a href="https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20190417" target="_blank"><strong>reported</strong></a><strong> that Fine Tune Enterprises Inc.&mdash;a cleaning service company based in Orlando, Florida&mdash;paid $123,650 in back wages and fringe benefits to 44 employees after a Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated labor requirements of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). </strong> WHD determined that the employer paid its employees incorrect prevailing wage and benefit rates when it used the rates assigned to a janitor under the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act, instead of general laborer rates applicable under DBRA and required for the work performed. Applying the wrong rates also led to the employer's failure to pay the required overtime rates, and to maintain accurate wage information on the employer's certified payrolls. The prime contractor, Hensel Phelps, subcontracted to Fine Tune Enterprises Inc. to perform cleanup work with NASA funds at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. WHD determined Hensel Phelps provided the incorrect wage determination to Fine Tune Enterprises in their contract, leading to the wage discrepancies. To remedy the error, Hensel Phelps issued a check for the full amount of back wages and fringe benefits to the subcontractor for payment to the affected employees.<br /> <br /> <strong>According to Law360, while the U.S. Supreme Court has kept employment-law watchers waiting on whether it will take up the question of whether bias against LGBT workers is covered under Title VII, trial courts have been left to tackle tricky questions involving the viability of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination claims. </strong>Over the past few months, the high court has been considering whether to grant certiorari in a closely watched trio of cases &mdash; <u>Altitude Express v. Zarda</u>; <u>Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia</u>; and <u>R.G. &amp; G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC</u> &mdash; that involve questions about the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As people wait to see whether the Supreme Court will take the cases, cases are playing out at the trial court level amid shifting circuit precedents on the issue. One recent development in Title VII cases came out of the Third Circuit, where a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled in favor of a casino and held that individuals cannot pursue sexual orientation claims under Title VII. <br /> <br /> <h3><u><em>PILIEROMAZZA BLOGS</em></u></h3> <h4>An Agency&rsquo;s Corrective Action Decision Is Not Immune to Protest &ndash; What Does It Take to Win?</h4> Michelle E. Litteken<br /> <br /> Corrective action is a common outcome of a bid protest. Indeed, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that 29% of the protests filed in FY 2018 resulted in corrective action. If you are a protester, that may be great news. In the case of a post-award protest, it likely means that you have another shot at award. However, if you are an intervenor, it means the agency chose not to defend your award, and you could lose the contract. What can an intervenor do?<br /> [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&amp;an=90684&amp;anc=801&amp;format=xml" target="_blank">Read More</a>]<br /> <h4>New IRS Requirements for EIN Applications Go Into Effect May 13, 2019</h4> By Kathryn L. Hickey<br /> <br /> As we have all been scrambling to get our taxes completed this month, a new IRS requirement may have been overlooked that goes into effect on May 13, 2019. This new requirement impacts the process by which any new entity (including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, trusts, and corporations) can apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the 9-digit identification number assigned to entities for tax filing and reporting purposes. The new requirements will impact all of our clients engaged in forming new entities, in particular, clients who utilize holding company structures and those who participate in joint ventures.<br /> [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&amp;an=90586&amp;anc=801&amp;format=xml" target="_blank">Read More</a>]<br /> <h4>Thinking of Forming a Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Joint Venture? Timing Matters</h4> By Kathryn V. Flood<br /> <br /> If you are thinking of forming a mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; joint venture to pursue a particular set-aside contract, it is critical that your timing has enough built-in cushion to ensure that all of the necessary approvals and entity-formation steps are accomplished before you submit your proposal. There is a fairly rigid sequencing of the steps involved in putting together the mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; application and subsequent joint venture agreement&mdash;make sure you do not fall into the trap of skipping a step, or otherwise you may put your proposal at risk.<br /> [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&amp;an=90632&amp;anc=801&amp;format=xml" target="_blank">Read More</a>]<br /> <h4>Could You Be the Target of a Government Claim?</h4> By Michelle E. Litteken<br /> <br /> Most contractors know that they may submit a claim under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) if a problem arises during performance. However, many contractors are not aware that the government also has the ability to bring a claim. Likewise, contractors may not understand the options for responding to a government claim. Given the potential gravity of a government claim, these are issues contractors should be aware of.<br /> [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&amp;an=90616&amp;anc=801&amp;format=xml" target="_blank">Read More</a>]<br /> <h4>EEOC Announces New EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Deadline</h4> By Sarah L. Nash<br /> <br /> September 30, 2019, marks the newly announced deadline for employers who submit annual EEO-1 reports to report employee 2018 pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC revealed the new deadline in a federal court submission last week. The judge in the case will still need to approve of the EEOC's plan before it becomes the official cutoff date.<br /> [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&amp;an=90551&amp;anc=801&amp;format=xml" target="_blank">Read More</a>]<br /> <h4>The Relationship Between Privacy and Trust</h4> By David T. 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