PilieroMazza PLLC. RSS Feedhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10en-us14 Jun 2019firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssWOSB Program Traininghttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=91434&format=xml24 Jun 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/megan-c-connor/3" target="_blank">Megan Connor</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>WOSB Program Training</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>June 24, 2019, at 10:00 AM</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>2019 Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Business Leadership Conference</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Washington Court Hotel<br /> 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW<br /> Washington, DC, 20001</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this <a href="https://www.wipp.org/general/register_member_type.asp?" target="_blank">link</a> to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>This is a&nbsp;CLP credited course exclusively for&nbsp; government agencies on the WOSB Program.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Employing Federal Contractors: An Overview of Labor and Employment Requirement for Government Contractorshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=90955&format=xml19 Jun 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>Sarah Nash</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>Employing Federal Contractors: An Overview of Labor and Employment Requirement for Government Contractors&nbsp;</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>June 19, 2019 from 12:30 PM - 2:30 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>Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce&nbsp;(MCCC) GovConNet Pathway to Growth Procurement Conference</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&nbsp;<a href="https://join.dcbar.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?site=dcbar&amp;webcode=EventInfo&amp;Reg_evt_key=142277b1-915f-40b2-a924-32f62f808610&amp;RegPath=EventRegFees&amp;FreeEvent=&amp;Event=Employing%20Federal%20Contractors:%20An%20Overview%20of%20Labor%20and%20Employment%20Requirement%20for%20Government%20Contractors%20(Government%20Contracting%20Series%20-%20Part%203)%20*Class%20by%20Webinar*&amp;FundraisingEvent=&amp;evt_guest_limit=9999" target="_blank">link</a>&nbsp;to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Description:</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>Government contractors face unique labor and employment challenges and are subject to wage and hour and employment regulations. While these requirements are often overlooked, they also happen to be the same rules and regulations that, if violated, can lead to costly errors and government investigations. Our panel of experts will provide those who attend with an overview of labor and employment requirements for businesses contracting with the federal government. Join us as our experienced faculty highlights the following:</p> &bull; Minimum wages for government contractors <br /> &bull; Service contract labor standards <br /> &bull; Non-displacement of employees <br /> &bull; Construction labor standards <br /> &bull; Contract work hours and the Safety Standards Act <br /> &bull; Sick leave for government contractors <br /> &bull; Affirmative action and equal pay requirements</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Size and Status (Re)Certifications: Tripwires for Small Businesseshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=92145&format=xml18 Jun 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Speakers:</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/antonio-r-franco/6" target="_blank">Tony Franco</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/peter-b-ford/15" target="_blank">Peter Ford</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Size and Status (Re)Certifications:&nbsp;Tripwires for Small Businesses</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>June 18-19, 219&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>National 8(a) Association</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Marriott Anchorage Downtown<br /> 820 West 7th Avenue<br /> Anchorage, Alaska 99501</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-alaska-regional-conference-national-8a-association-registration-56122518965" target="_blank">link</a>&nbsp;for more information and to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>The 2019 Alaska Regional Conference offers educational sessions, matchmaking, networking and resources for all small businesses including: minority, aspiring, current, and graduate 8(a); HUBZone; SDVOB; VOSB; SDB, WOSB, DBE, and teaming partnerships.<br /> <br /> The Alaska Regional is specifically tailored to businesses looking to do work in, partner with, or currently working in or with businesses and the Federal Government Offices of Alaska and the Northwest region of the United States.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses - June 14, 2019https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/files/News/Weekly Update for June 14, 2019.pdf14 Jun 2019Weekly Update NewsletterIf you have any questions concerning the content below, please visit this <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__pilieromazza.us5.list-2Dmanage.com_track_click-3Fu-3D3137381f0d20c6d9665e6633f-26id-3Dcbd498af54-26e-3D9b297566a4&amp;d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&amp;r=fjy6Kva5F_TQAjsun_WAQT54v7nlnY4DMMqMSZZ0pFA&amp;m=bgxsLfvsQbLJj1PE8YanelMDKQtYubxJnPDQSZ4-HSs&amp;s=WW0ktA4bKLdqz1MRgrbEmAoKq4WCHOq5mFf4_AikOO4&amp;e=" target="_blank">link</a>. <br /> <br /> <h3><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/false-claims-act" target="_blank">FALSE CLAIMS ACT</a></h3> <strong>Department of Justice </strong>&ndash; The DOJ <a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/pr/savannah-river-nuclear-site-contractor-settles-false-claims-act-allegations-16-million" target="_blank">announced</a> that Richard Moore, the owner of Carolina Sodding Services, LLC, and Carolina Enterprises of the Lowcountry, LLC, agreed to pay $1.6 million to resolve allegations that he and his companies violated the False Claims Act by submitting false invoices for materials that were never provided and false certifications that his companies were women-owned businesses.<br /> <br /> <strong>DOJ FCA investigations</strong> &ndash; According to Bloomberg Government, a federal district court in Indiana granted a petition for summary enforcement of a civil investigative demand (CID) issued by the DOJ because it sought testimony relevant to its FCA investigation, offering &ldquo;rare clues&rdquo; as to the appropriate scope of CIDs under the DOJ&rsquo;s expansive CID authority.<br /> <br /> <h3><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law" target="_blank">LABOR &amp; EMPLOYMENT LAW</a></h3> <strong>U.S. Supreme Court</strong> &ndash; According to Law360, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state wage-and-hour laws do not apply to drilling workers off the coast of California, finding that, where a federal law covers a particular issue, a state law on the same issue cannot be applicable to the Outer Continental Shelf. <br /> <br /> Federal Bureau of Investigation &ndash; According to Law360, a federal district court ruled that a group of women accusing the FBI of allowing rampant bias in its agent-training program cannot press their proposed class action anonymously because their privacy does not outweigh the public's interest in the suit. <br /> <br /> <strong>WEBINAR: Employing Federal Contractors: An Overview of Labor and Employment Requirement for Government Contractors</strong>, June 19, 2019, Speaker, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/sarah-l-nash/32" target="_blank">Sarah Nash</a>. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/employing-federal-contractors-an-overview-of-labor-and-employment-requirement-for-government-contractors" target="_blank">More Info</a>].<br /> <br /> <div><strong>Use It Or Lose It: U.S. Supreme Court Holds Employers Who Wait Too Long to Raise EEOC Claim Objection to Title VII Discrimination Lawsuit May Forfeit Objection</strong>, June 14, 2019, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/anthony-m-batt" target="_blank">Anthony M. Batt</a></div> <div>Recently, in Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis, the U.S. Supreme Court was faced with a jurisdictional question: If a plaintiff fails to exhaust her remedies by first filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (&quot;EEOC&quot;) claim, is she jurisdictionally barred from suing her employer for discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (&quot;Title VII&quot;)? In typical lawyerly fashion, the Supreme Court drew a distinction between &quot;mandatory&quot; and &quot;jurisdictional&quot; and answered with an &quot;it depends.&quot; This blog addresses the importance of employers raising objections early when defending a case to avoid losing time and money. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/blog-use-it-or-lose-it-us-supreme-court-holds-employers-who-wait-too-long-to-raise-eeoc-claim-objection-to-title-vii-discrimination-lawsuit-may-forfeit-objection" target="_blank">Read More</a>].</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS LAW</a></h3> <strong>Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration</strong> &ndash; The DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a <a href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-12/pdf/2019-12267.pdf" target="_blank">final rule</a> amending the FAR to provide guidance to DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard, consistent with section 822 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, and addressing the exception from certified cost or pricing data requirements when price is based on adequate price competition. The agencies issued Federal Acquisition Circular 2019-03 and the <a href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-12/pdf/2019-12264.pdf" target="_blank">Small Entity Compliance Guide</a> along with the final rule. <br /> <br /> <strong>EVENT: Size and Status (Re)Certifications: Tripwires for Small Businesses</strong>, June 18-19, 2019, Speakers,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/antonio-r-franco/6" target="_blank">Tony Franco</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/peter-b-ford/15" target="_blank">Peter Ford</a>. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/size-and-status-recertifications-tripwires-for-small-businesses" target="_blank">More Info</a>].<br /> <br /> <strong>EVENT: WOSB Program Training, 2019 Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Business Leadership Conference</strong>, June 24, 2019, Speaker, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/megan-c-connor/3" target="_blank">Megan Connor</a>. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/wosb-set-aside-program" target="_blank">More Info</a>].<br /> <br /> <strong>What Will Happen to the DoD's Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Program?</strong> June 11, 2019, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/emily-j-rouleau" target="_blank">Emily J. Rouleau</a><br /> As many of our clients know, there are several mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; 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-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program and the all-small mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program, and it also approves agency mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; 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. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/what-will-happen-to-the-dods-mentorprotg-program" target="_blank">Read More</a>].<br /> <br /> <h3><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/small-business-administration-programs" target="_blank">SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS &amp; ADVISORY SERVICES</a></h3> U.S. Senate &ndash; The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a hearing entitled &ldquo;Reauthorization of the SBA&rsquo;s Contracting Programs&rdquo; on June 12, 2019. The archived webcast and copies of the panelists&rsquo; testimony can be found <a href="https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=C3A06CAC-0B40-41DB-A5F7-FE704D9D8259" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" />https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: Use It Or Lose It: U.S. Supreme Court Holds Employers Who Wait Too Long to Raise EEOC Claim Objection to Title VII Discrimination Lawsuit May Forfeit Objectionhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=92431&format=xml14 Jun 2019Blog<div style="text-align: justify;">Recently, in <u>Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis</u>, the U.S. Supreme Court was faced with a jurisdictional question: If a plaintiff fails to exhaust her remedies by first filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (&ldquo;EEOC&rdquo;) claim, is she jurisdictionally barred from suing her employer for discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (&ldquo;Title VII&rdquo;)? In typical lawyerly fashion, the Supreme Court drew a distinction between &ldquo;mandatory&rdquo; and &ldquo;jurisdictional&rdquo; and answered with an &ldquo;it depends.&rdquo;&nbsp; <em><strong>This blog addresses the importance of employers raising objections early when defending a case to avoid losing time and money.</strong></em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">When an employee seeks to sue her employer for discrimination, Title VII instructs her to file a claim with the EEOC first.&nbsp; After receiving the claim, the EEOC will notify the employer, investigate the claim, and either pursue a lawsuit against the employer or notify the employee of her right to sue the employer</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In <u>Davis</u>, an employee sued her employer for retaliation and religious discrimination in violation of Title VII without first filing an EEOC claim.&nbsp; After years into the litigation and several rounds of motions and appeals addressing other issues, her employer filed a motion to dismiss her case for failing to file a claim with the EEOC first.&nbsp; Because there was a circuit split about whether the EEOC claim requirement was a jurisdictional bar to bringing a lawsuit, this issue in Davis&rsquo; case made it all the way up to the Supreme Court.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Ultimately, the Supreme Court held that the EEOC claim requirement is a &ldquo;mandatory claim-processing rule&rdquo; and not &ldquo;jurisdictional.&rdquo;&nbsp; Thus, the objection can be forfeited if the employer waits too long to raise the issue.&nbsp; The Supreme Court did not set a bright-line standard for how long is too long, but this new &ldquo;Use it Or Lose It&rdquo; standard highlights the importance of raising this objection early, which would have likely saved the employer time and money defending this case.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Please contact a member of PilieroMazza&rsquo;s Labor &amp; Employment Group if you have questions about this blog.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/anthony-m-batt" target="_blank">Anthony Batt</a>, the author of this blog, is a member of the firm&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law" target="_blank">Labor &amp; Employment Law</a>, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/litigation" target="_blank">Litigation</a>, and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/business-corporate-law" target="_blank">Business &amp; Corporate Law</a> practice groups.</div>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: What Will Happen to the DoD's Mentor-Protégé Program?https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=92312&format=xml11 Jun 2019Blog<div>As many of our clients know, there are several mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; 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-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program and the all-small mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program, and it also approves agency mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; programs, such as the Department of Homeland Security&rsquo;s program, which is designed to help small businesses obtain and perform subcontracts under agency prime contracts.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Department of Defense (DoD) also has an agency-specific mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program, but it was a creature of statute, like the SBA&rsquo;s programs, and does not require SBA approval.&nbsp; Congress first authorized a pilot mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program for the DoD in 1990, and the program began in October 1991.&nbsp; Since then, it was renewed, expanded, and changed.&nbsp; However, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016 expanded the program only through fiscal year 2018 for the formation of new mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; agreements and through fiscal year 2021 for the reimbursement of costs incurred under existing agreements, among making other changes to eligibility requirements.&nbsp; In other words, the DoD&rsquo;s mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program&mdash;agency-described as &ldquo;the oldest continuously operating federal mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program in existence&rdquo;&mdash;was allowed to expire by Congress in 2018.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last month, Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the Defense Small Business Advancement Act of 2019 (<a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1320/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s1320%22%5D%7D&amp;r=1&amp;s=1" target="_blank">S.1320</a>), intended to reauthorize and&mdash;according to articles and press releases&mdash;improve the DoD&rsquo;s mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program.&nbsp; Specifically, the bill permanently authorizes the mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program, requires the DoD&rsquo;s Office of Small Business Programs to establish performance goals and conduct periodic reviews of approved mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; agreements, and strikes all references to &ldquo;pilot program.&rdquo;&nbsp; To date, the bill was referred to, and remains in, the Senate Committee on Armed Services.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When first introduced, <em>DefenseNews</em> <a href="https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2019/05/07/key-lawmakers-want-to-help-small-companies-get-pentagon-contracts-heres-how/" target="_blank">opined</a> that the timing of the bill&rsquo;s introduction sets it up for inclusion in the NDAA for fiscal year 2020.&nbsp; Indeed, the Senate Committee on Armed Services referred the Senate&rsquo;s version of the NDAA for fiscal year 2020 to the full Senate, and the text of that bill (<a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1215/text" target="_blank">S.1215</a>) includes a section providing for the codification and permanent authorization of the DoD&rsquo;s mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program.&nbsp; It does not include the provisions proposed by Senators Heinrich and Ernst requiring performance goals and reviews, but it would make the program permanent.&nbsp; The House&rsquo;s version of the NDAA for fiscal year 2020 (<a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2500/text" target="_blank">H.R. 2500</a>) is scheduled for markup by the House Committee on Armed Services on June 12, 2019, but it does not contain a corresponding permanent authorization for the DoD&rsquo;s mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will monitor whether the Senate version of the NDAA for fiscal year 2020 is passed in the Senate and referred to the House before the House version is passed and sent to the Senate.&nbsp; Since the House and Senate must ultimately pass the same bill for it to be sent to the President for signature, the fate of the DoD&rsquo;s mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program, at least at present, seems to rest on which version of the NDAA is ultimately passed by Congress.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the meantime, please contact a member of <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">Government Contracts Group</a> if you have questions about the DoD&rsquo;s program or other mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; programs, as well as ways in which we can assist you in developing and enhancing your ability to serve as a prime contractor or subcontractor in federal contracts.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/emily-j-rouleau" target="_blank">Emily Rouleau</a>, the author of this blog, is a member of the firm&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">Government Contracts Law</a>, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/business-corporate-law" target="_blank">Business &amp; Corporate Law</a>, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law" target="_blank">Labor &amp; Employment Law</a>, and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/litigation" target="_blank">Litigation</a> practice groups.</div>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Montgomery County Chamber Honors Pamela Mazza with Chair's Awardhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=92294&format=xml11 Jun 2019News<img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images//PJM News 3.jpg" hspace="5" vspace="5" align="right" alt="" border="0" width="320" height="254" /> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>PilieroMazza</strong>&rsquo;s Managing Partner, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/pamela-j-mazza/1" target="_blank"><u>Pamela Mazza</u></a>, was distinguished by the <strong>Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce</strong> (MCCC) with the Chair&rsquo;s Award at MCCC&rsquo;s 60th Anniversary Dinner on June 4, 2019. Ms. Mazza, who serves as MCCC&rsquo;s General Counsel and is a member of its Board of Directors, has helped achieve several key changes for MCCC, including:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: left;">founding its Veterans Institute for Procurement;</li> <li style="text-align: left;">serving as a member on MCCC&rsquo;s GovConNet Council to assist in the development of resources specifically designed for government contractors, such as the annual GovConNet Procurement Conference;</li> <li style="text-align: left;">assisting the Board in revising and implementing its bylaws; and</li> <li style="text-align: left;">serving as counsel to the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation.</li> </ul>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10How to Successfully Joint Venture to Grow Your Businesshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=92147&format=xml11 Jun 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Speakers:</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/peter-b-ford/15" target="_blank">Peter Ford</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>How to Successfully Joint Venture to Grow Your Business</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>June 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>connect2DOT</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Denver Chamber of Commerce<br /> 1445 Market Street<br /> Denver, CO 80202</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=390071" target="_blank">link</a>&nbsp;for more information and to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Have you ever considered bidding a job but didn't because it was too big or you didn't have enough resources? Forming a Joint Venture (JV) could be the answer! It may seem intimidating for a small business but it is an excellent tactic to quickly build capacity and grow your business. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a program to support JVs, and DBE certified firms can successfully JV and count toward DBE goals as long as they know the rules. This workshop will help you understand how to legally enter into a JV and set up your partnership with clear roles and responsibilities.&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses - June 7, 2019https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/files/News/Weekly Update for June 7, 2019.pdf07 Jun 2019Weekly Update NewsletterIf you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__pilieromazza.us5.list-2Dmanage.com_track_click-3Fu-3D3137381f0d20c6d9665e6633f-26id-3Dcbd498af54-26e-3D9b297566a4&amp;d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&amp;r=fjy6Kva5F_TQAjsun_WAQT54v7nlnY4DMMqMSZZ0pFA&amp;m=bgxsLfvsQbLJj1PE8YanelMDKQtYubxJnPDQSZ4-HSs&amp;s=WW0ktA4bKLdqz1MRgrbEmAoKq4WCHOq5mFf4_AikOO4&amp;e=" target="_blank">link</a>. <br /> <br /> <h3><u><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/cybersecurity" target="_blank">CYBERSECURITY &amp; DATA PRIVACY</a></u></h3> <strong>PilieroMazza hosted a dynamic conference on June 5, 2019 entitled &ldquo;Gaining a Competitive Edge through Cyber, Data, &amp; Personnel Security.&rdquo;</strong> Nearly 100 attendees (federal contractors and their service providers) participated in multiple panel discussions that brought together perspectives from leading practitioners from GSA, Leidos, and NTT Data to discuss how cybersecurity, supply chain risk management, data rights, and personnel security are shaping the competitive landscape for federal prime contracts and subcontracts.<br /> <br /> <h3><u><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law" target="_blank">LABOR &amp; EMPLOYMENT LAW</a></u></h3> <strong>U.S. Supreme Court </strong>&ndash; According to Law360, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that federal courts may be able to hear discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act even if workers do not bring them to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or state workplace bias watchdogs first. The Court <a href="https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/18-525_m6hn.pdf" target="_blank">held</a> that Title VII&rsquo;s requirement that workers give the EEOC or a state enforcer a chance to resolve their claims before bringing them in court was not &quot;jurisdictional.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Department of Labor</strong> &ndash; The DOL <a href="https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20190530" target="_blank">announced</a> that it debarred Pro-Fit Development Inc.&mdash;a development, construction, and roofing contractor based in Tampa, Florida&mdash;after an investigation found the employer violated requirements of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). Debarment prohibits the employer from bidding on federally funded construction projects for three years.<br /> <br /> <strong>DOL Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs </strong>&ndash; According to Bloomberg Government, Craig Leen&mdash;the head of OFCCP&mdash;wants to be briefed by lawyers before they file legal complaints against federal contractors stemming from OFCCP audits. Bloomberg Government reported that Leen and Labor Solicitor Kate O&rsquo;Scannlain&mdash;who oversees the DOL&rsquo;s primary office of attorneys&mdash;signed a memo in March that also instructs lawyers to consult with OFCCP before filing material motions and briefs in those cases in order to confirm the briefs accurately present the facts and to confer on any policy decisions.<br /> <br /> <strong>OFCCP</strong> also released its first opinion letter, finding that colleges and universities do not qualify as federal contractors solely because they participate in the federal Pell Grant program. The opinion letter, dated May 23, comes months after Director Craig Leen indicated that the agency would start borrowing the practice of issuing opinion letters from the DOL's Wage and Hour Division. <br /> <br /> <strong>WEBINAR: Employing Federal Contractors: An Overview of Labor and Employment Requirement for Government Contractors</strong>, June 19, 2019, Speaker, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/sarah-l-nash/32" target="_blank">Sarah Nash</a>. [<a href="https://join.dcbar.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?site=dcbar&amp;webcode=EventInfo&amp;Reg_evt_key=142277b1-915f-40b2-a924-32f62f808610&amp;RegPath=EventRegFees&amp;FreeEvent=&amp;Event=Employing%20Federal%20Contractors:%20An%20Overview%20of%20Labor%20and%20Employment%20Requirement%20for%20Government%20Contractors%20(Government%20Contracting%20Series%20-%20Part%203)%20*Class%20by%20Webinar*&amp;FundraisingEvent=&amp;evt_guest_limit=9999" target="_blank">Register</a>].<br /> <br /> <h3><u><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS LAW</a></u></h3> <strong>Government Accountability Office </strong>&ndash; The GAO released a report regarding its examination of the Department of Defense&rsquo;s (DoD) implementation of acquisition process reforms that were included in recent National Defense Authorization Acts. The GAO found that the DoD has made progress in implementing reforms to restructure the oversight of major defense acquisition programs, and also made four recommendations as questions remained about how other reforms would be carried out. <br /> <br /> <strong>EVENT: WOSB Program Training, 2019 Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Business Leadership Conference</strong>, June 24, 2019, Speaker,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/megan-c-connor/3" target="_blank">Megan Connor</a>. [<a href="https://www.wipp.org/events/register.aspx?id=1220414&amp;itemid=daa084da-9683-4965-a6e3-03d17c87c262" target="_blank">Register</a>].<br /> <h3><u><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/small-business-administration-programs" target="_blank">SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS &amp; ADVISORY SERVICES</a></u></h3> <strong>Small Business Administration</strong> &ndash; The SBA <a href="https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-appoints-two-new-senior-executives" target="_blank">announced</a> the appointment of two new senior executives: George Koklanaris is now serving as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Development Centers, and Stefanie Baker Wehagen as the National Ombudsman for the Office of the National Ombudsman.<br /> <br />https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Gaining a Competitive Advantage through Cyber, Data, & Personnel Securityhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=89722&format=xml05 Jun 2019Events<div style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/Website Header Graphic redo.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="1621" height="564" /><span style="font-size: larger;"><strong>Wednesday, June 5, 2019<br /> 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM<br /> </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 confirm 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 /> <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/cybersecurity" target="_blank"> PilieroMazza&rsquo;s Cybersecurity &amp; Data Privacy Group</a> are 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> <blockquote> <div>Not just for IT companies, this half-day conference will help small and mid-sized government contractors understand what they need to do to gain (or not lose) a competitive advantage through cyber, data, and personnel security.</div> </blockquote> <hr /> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">Who Should Attend<br /> </span></h3> <ul> <li>Professionals in the government contracting sector -- from all industries -- who manage cybersecurity, data rights, and personnel security for their organizations.</li> <li>Business owners and C-suite executives looking to grow or sell their business.</li> <li>Technology and human resource professionals who manage internal IT systems.</li> </ul> <div><br /> <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaining-a-competitive-edge-through-cyber-data-and-personnel-security-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" /></a></div> <hr /> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);">Agenda &amp; Panel Discussions&nbsp;</span></h3> <h4>7:30 &ndash; 8:00&nbsp; Registration, breakfast, and networking</h4> <h4>8:00 &ndash; 8:05&nbsp; Welcome from PilieroMazza<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 8:05 &ndash; 8:45&nbsp; Keynote by Shon Lyublanovits, Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity, GSA Federal Acquisition Service,&nbsp;Information Technology Category (ITC)</h4> <h4>8:45 &ndash; 9:45&nbsp; Cybersecurity as a Competitive Advantage</h4> <div>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;</div> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/jonathan-t-williams/7"><strong>Jon Williams</strong></a>, Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC (moderator)</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.leidos.com/company/leadership/howe" target="_blank">Jerry Howe</a></strong>, General Counsel, Leidos</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.xceleratesolutions.com/about/leadership/mark-drever/" target="_blank">Mark Drever</a></strong>, President &amp; CEO, Xcelerate Solutions&nbsp;</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/natbongiovanni/" target="_blank">Nat Bongiovanni</a></strong>, Chief Technology Officer, NTT Data Federal Services, Inc.</li> </ul> <h4>9:45&nbsp; &ndash; 10:00&nbsp; Break&nbsp;</h4> <h4>10:00 &ndash; 10:45&nbsp; Protecting Data Rights and Cybersecurity in M&amp;A Transactions<strong><br /> </strong></h4> This panel will discuss what contractors need to do to protect their data rights and IP and how both cyber and data rights are increasingly affecting mergers and acquisitions for federal contractors. 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. <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/isaias-alba-iv/8">Cy Alba</a></strong>, Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC (moderator)</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/david-shafer">Dave Shafer</a></strong>, Associate, PilieroMazza PLLC</li> <li><strong><a href="https://aronsonllc.com/person/philip-mcmann/" target="_blank">Philip McMann</a></strong>, Partner, Aronson Capital Partners</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-swaak-14259722/" target="_blank">Mark Swaak</a></strong>, Vice President, Government Contracting, M&amp;T Bank</li> </ul> <h4>10:45 - 11:30&nbsp; Managing Insider Threats and Other Risk Mitigation Strategies</h4> <div>Developing a robust insider threat program is critical for many federal contractors. This panel will discuss the keys to a successful insider-threat program and the importance of educating and training your personnel. This panel will also discuss other strategies to manage the risk of cyber, data, and personnel security compliance.</div> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/megan-c-connor/3"><strong>Megan Connor</strong></a>, Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC (moderator)</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/sarah-l-nash/32">Sarah Nash</a></strong>, Associate, PilieroMazza PLLC</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.sysarc.com/who-we-are/" target="_blank">Tim Brennan</a></strong>, CEO, SysArc Inc.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.assuranceagency.com/speaker-bio/jay-shelton" target="_blank">Jay Shelton</a></strong>, Senior Vice President, Assurance Agency</li> </ul> <h4>11:30 Wrap Up</h4> <p><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/files/documents/Gaining_a_Competitive_Advantage_through_Cyber_Data_and_Personnel_Security_Agenda.pdf"><img src="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/images/Event Photos/Agenda.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="125" height="58" /></a></p> <hr /> <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 &amp; networking is from 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM)<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><span style="color: rgb(0, 68, 225);"><strong>&nbsp;Location:&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &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 /> <br type="_moz" /> </span></strong></td> <td>$40 - Includes breakfast and free parking.<br /> New discounted rate.</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;<a href="https://www.mtb.com/business/commercial-banking/industry-solutions/government-banking" target="_blank"><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" /></a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://us.nttdata.com" target="_blank"><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" /></a>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10