PilieroMazza PLLC. RSS Feedhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10en-us18 Jan 2020firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssExpanding Your Company Through Acquisition: M&A for Government Contractorshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101891&format=xml01 Mar 2020Events<table width="100%" 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><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/kathryn-l-hickey" target="_blank">Kathryn Hickey</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>Expanding Your Company Through Acquisition: M&amp;A for Government Contractors</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>TBD</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Reservation Economic Summit (RES)&nbsp;2020 Symposium</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Paris Las Vegas<br /> 3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.<br /> Las Vegas, NV 89109</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<u><a href="https://res.ncaied.org/Register" target="_blank">link</a></u>&nbsp;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> <p style="text-align: justify;">Most businesses only consider growing their business through business development, but what if you could grow your business exponentially through Mergers and Acquisitions? Put your business in the fast lane using purchase contracts and past performance.&nbsp; This program will provide you with the basics of M&amp;A, including finance and legal considerations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Learning objectives include:</p> <ul> <li>gaining past performance through strategic acquisition;</li> <li>strategic growth through business combinations; and</li> <li>structuring options in govcon M&amp;A transactions.</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10The Reach of Tribal Preference and Equal Employment Opportunity Laws for Tribally Owned Entitieshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101892&format=xml01 Mar 2020Events<table width="100%" 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><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</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>The Reach of Tribal Preference and Equal Employment Opportunity Laws for Tribally Owned Entities</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>TBD</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Reservation Economic Summit (RES) 2020 Symposium</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Paris Las Vegas<br /> 3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.<br /> Las Vegas, NV 89109</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<u><a href="https://res.ncaied.org/Register" target="_blank">link</a></u>&nbsp;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> <div style="text-align: justify;">Many tribally owned entities assume that sovereign immunity or tribal preference policies will protect them against claims of discrimination and harassment. However, there are limits to the reach of both and many tribally owned entities find themselves surprised when they are required to defend themselves against allegations of discrimination or harassment.&nbsp; In this session we will explore practical ways to implement a legally compliant tribal preference policy and how to proactively defend against these claims.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Learning objectives include:</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">when sovereign immunity can protect a company against discrimination and harassment claims;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">what is a tribal preference policy and how should it be used;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">how to handle employees that might be subject to different legal standards; and</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">special considerations for entities contracting with federal or state governments.</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Access to Capital: Resources for Scaling to Growhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101596&format=xml13 Feb 2020Events<table width="100%" 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><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/david-shafer" target="_blank">David Shafer</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>Access to Capital: Resources for Scaling to Grow</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>February 13, 2020 / 1:30 PM CST</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>National 8(a) Small Business Conference</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>The National 8(a) Association</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>New Orleans Marriott<br /> 555 Canal Street<br /> New Orleans, LA 70130</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>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://www.bravuratechnologies.com/national8areg/register" target="_blank"><u>link</u></a>&nbsp;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>TBD</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Mentor-Protégé Program, Teaming Agreements, and Joint Ventureshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101862&format=xml06 Feb 2020Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /> Speaker:<br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/meghan-f-leemon/30">Meghan Leemon</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> Program:<br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Program, Teaming Agreements, and Joint Ventures</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> Date/Time:&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>February 6, 2020 / 1:00 PM MT</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> Organizer:<br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Colorado PTAC</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> Location:<br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Colorado PTAC - Westminster<br /> 12200 Pecos Street, Ste 100<br /> Westminster, CO 80234&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> Registration:<br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this <a href="https://coptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/33757">link</a> to register</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Description:&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>Last year, the Small Business Administration released its long anticipated final rule establishing a government-wide mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program for all small business concerns, including HUBZone firms, SDVOSBs and WOSBs. The new rule creates more opportunities for small and large businesses to partner together through the use of government-wide mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; agreements and/or joint venture agreements.</p> <p>The rule is complex and small businesses will need to know what to expect and how to navigate the program requirements if they wish to take advantage of the benefits it offers.&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br />https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Common Mistakes HR Professionals Make in Government Contractinghttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101157&format=xml15 Jan 2020Events<table width="100%" 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><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/sarah-l-nash/32" target="_blank">Sarah Nash</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>Common Mistakes HR Professionals Make in Government Contracting</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>January 15, 2020 / 5:30 PM ET</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Dulles&nbsp;Society for Human Resource Management&nbsp;(SHRM)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Holiday Inn Dulles<br /> 45425 Holiday Drive<br /> Sterling, VA 20166</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>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://dulles.shrm.org/events/2020/01/common-mistakes-professionals-make-government-contracting" target="_blank"><u>link</u></a> 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> <div style="text-align: justify;">Working as a human resources professional in government contracting requires agility and understanding how additional federal regulations impact human capital management. During this presentation, we will dive into the intersection between human resources and government contractors. In particular, we will look at the most common mistakes that are made that lead to legal liability.<br /> <br /> Learning objectives:</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Knowledge of regulations that apply to HR professionals working for government contractors</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">How to apply generally applicable laws to the government contracting context</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Tips to mitigate legal liability</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Kathryn Hickey Discusses M&A on "The Deal – Unscripted"https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101859&format=xml15 Jan 2020News<p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/kathryn-l-hickey" target="_blank">Kathryn Hickey</a>, Chair of <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/business-corporate-law" target="_blank">Business &amp; Corporate Group</a>, recently appeared on <a href="https://goquantive.com/" target="_blank">Quantive</a>&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="https://goquantive.com/tag/the-deal-unscripted/" target="_blank">The Deal &ndash; Unscripted</a>&rdquo; with <a href="https://goquantive.com/team/dan-doran/" target="_blank">Dan Doran</a> to answer the question: &ldquo;When should I contact my M&amp;A attorney?&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Interview with Kathryn Hickey | Part 1</strong></p> <video width="100%" height="auto" controls="" name="media"><br /> <source src="https://episodes.castos.com/quantive/Kathryn-Hickey-1.mp4?_=3" type="video/mp4"></source></video> <br /> <p><strong>Interview with Kathryn Hickey | Part 2</strong></p> <video width="100%" height="auto" controls="" name="media"><br /> <source src="https://episodes.castos.com/quantive/Kathryn-Hickey-2.mp4?_=3" type="video/mp4"></source></video><br /> <br />https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: The FCA Continues to Pay (For the Government): Key Takeaways from DOJ's FY 2019 Fraud Statisticshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101839&format=xml14 Jan 2020Blog<p style="text-align: justify;">On January 9, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) <a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-recovers-over-3-billion-false-claims-act-cases-fiscal-year-2019" target="_blank">announced</a> that it recovered more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and the False Claims Act (FCA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which ended September 30, 2019. Along with the announcement, the government issued its annual fraud statistics report for the fiscal year. <b><i>The government&rsquo;s announcement and report confirmed trends in FCA litigation and other fraud cases that government contractors should look out for in 2020 and beyond.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>New Matters Increased Overall</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The government identified 782 new fraud matters in FY 2019, up slightly from 769 in FY 2018. Of the new matters identified in FY 2019, 636 were initiated by qui tam relators, or &ldquo;whistleblowers,&rdquo; who have the opportunity to share in any recovery. 146 were initiated directly by the government. On one hand, the government&rsquo;s initiation of 146 matters represented an almost 19% increase over FY 2018 and was one of the higher annual totals since 1997. On the other hand, matters initiated by qui tam relators fell to their lowest levels since 2011.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>FCA and Fraud Matters Continued to be a Primary Focus of the Government</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The last decade saw a sharp increase in FCA and other fraud matters, reflecting the fact that the FCA remains the government&rsquo;s primary weapon for combatting fraud in federal contracting. FY 2019 represented the tenth consecutive year where at least 700 new matters were initiated, either by the government or by relators. By contrast, the annual totals from 2000 to 2009 never reached that threshold. The government&rsquo;s total monetary recovery of $3,054,425,050 represented the ninth time in the last ten years that recoveries eclipsed $3 billion. From 2000 to 2009, recoveries reached $3 billion only once.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Recoveries from government-initiated claims (<i>i.e.</i>, non-qui tam matters), topped $840 million, an increase of over 10% from FY 2018 and of over 200% from FY 2017. The sizeable recovery in government-initiated claims was the fifth largest recovery since 1986.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Relators Received Approximately $271 Million From Qui Tam Matters in FY 2019</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whistleblowers are incentivized to initiate claims under the FCA because they can obtain a portion of the government&rsquo;s recovery in a successful suit. FY 2019 saw a sharp drop in relator share awards, with relators receiving approximately $271 million over the course of the fiscal year, the lowest amount in a decade.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>The Health Care Industry Was a Major Target for FCA and Fraud Enforcement in FY 2019</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Matters arising out of the health care industry represented approximately 65% of the overall new matters initiated in FY 2019 and approximately 85% of the total recoveries. In total, the government recovered over $2.6 billion from the health care industry in FY 2019, the fourth largest total since 1986. It is the tenth consecutive year that settlements and judgments from the health care industry topped $2 billion annually.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>The Defense Industry Saw a Sharp Increase in Government Recoveries in FY 2019</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Matters arising out of the defense industry resulted in government recoveries of over $252 million in FY 2019, a more-than-134% increase over FY 2018, and the second highest amount since 2010.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><b>Key Takeaways</b></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="text-align: justify;">The increase in overall new matters initiated in FY 2019 indicates that the FCA will continue to be a primary focus of the government and a significant risk for government contractors across all industries moving forward.</li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li style="text-align: justify;">The substantial increase in monetary recoveries from government-initiated matters in FY 2019 forecasts that the government may rely more on internal audit procedures and office of inspector general investigations to identify potential fraud against the government.</li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li style="text-align: justify;">While the health care industry continues to be a hotbed of FCA activity, the increase in recoveries in FY 2019 in the defense industry indicates that other industries should expect to see an increase in both new matters and monetary recoveries moving forward. This is particularly the case given that the next few years will likely see a surge of cybersecurity-related FCA matters. Although not specifically outlined in the government&rsquo;s annual report, the first-ever cybersecurity-related FCA settlement was <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/blog-have-the-flood-gates-opened-cisco-settles-firstofitskind-cybersecurity-false-claims-act-litigation" target="_blank">announced near the end of FY 2019</a>, and similar claims are expected to directly impact the defense industry as relators and government investigators gain a better understanding of federal cybersecurity requirements.</li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li style="text-align: justify;">Despite a decline in overall recoveries in FY 2019, qui tam actions continue to represent a lucrative incentive for whistleblowers to report potential fraud in government contracting.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">The government&rsquo;s annual announcement and report serve as an important reminder that government contractors should seek to avoid costly and damaging FCA and fraud litigation by developing a clear understanding of their obligations, representations, and certifications, with a robust audit procedure to ensure accurate claims for payment are made to the government.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To assist government contractors and related companies in understanding the FCA and how to avoid FCA liability, PilieroMazza has launched &ldquo;<i>Ex Rel. Radio</i>,&rdquo; a multi-part series of our <i>GovCon Live!</i> podcast, which will include commentary on potential pitfalls for your company, enforcement issues, and emerging trends. <i>Ex Rel. Radio</i> is available on <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/govcon-live/id1462977847" target="_blank">Apple Podcasts</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7tZ50ai7zVBAiIzWpRoyWU?si=4Aaj7aKdR6SoUjF_Vjry8Q" target="_blank">Spotify</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLnNvdW5kY2xvdWQuY29tL3VzZXJzL3NvdW5kY2xvdWQ6dXNlcnM6NTY4NDQ0NDQzL3NvdW5kcy5yc3M" target="_blank">Google Podcasts</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://tunein.com/podcasts/Business--Economics-Podcasts/GovCon-Live-p1222951/" target="_blank">TuneIn</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/govcon-live" target="_blank">Stitcher</a>, or you can visit our website at <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/podcasts" target="_blank">www.pilieromazza.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/matthew-e-feinberg/35" target="_blank">Matthew Feinberg</a>, the author of this blog, is the Chair of <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/false-claims-act" target="_blank">False Claims Act</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/litigation-dispute-resolution" target="_blank">Litigation &amp; Dispute Resolution</a> practice groups.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: New DoL Rule Clarifies Joint Employer Status Under FLSAhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101840&format=xml14 Jan 2020Blog<p style="text-align: justify;">On January 16, 2020, the Department of Labor&rsquo;s (DoL) Wage and Hour Division will publish a final rule clarifying joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), adopting a four-factor test to determine joint employer status. The rule simplifies and narrows the interpretation of a joint employer from the interpretation implemented by the Obama administration. <b><i>This final rule will benefit companies establishing cooperative business arrangements as they seek assurances as to whether they will be responsible for ensuring employees are paid correctly.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When an employee performs work for an employer that also benefits another entity, DoL will use a four-part test to determine whether the two entities are joint employers. The test considers whether the entity has the power to:</p> <ol start="1" type="1"> <li style="text-align: justify;">hire or fire an employee;</li> </ol> <ol start="2" type="1"> <li style="text-align: justify;">supervise and control the employee&rsquo;s work schedule or terms of employment;</li> </ol> <ol start="3" type="1"> <li style="text-align: justify;">set rates or method of pay; and</li> </ol> <ol start="4" type="1"> <li style="text-align: justify;">maintain employee records.</li> </ol> <p style="text-align: justify;">All factors in a particular case are considered in order to determine whether an entity is a joint employer. Additional factors may be considered if a potential joint employer exercises significant control over the terms and conditions of an employers work. The National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are also considering revisions to their applicable joint employer standards.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This rule is a welcome adjustment in the interpretation of what constitutes joint employment after several years of a more complex test. Companies will now be able to more confidently mitigate risk of joint liability under the FLSA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12473&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a>, the author of this blog, is Chair of <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law" target="_blank">Labor &amp; Employment Group</a>.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses - January 14, 2020https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/files/News/01.14.20 Weekly Update.pdf14 Jan 2020Weekly Update Newsletter<p style="text-align: justify;">If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this <a href="mailto:marketing@pilieromazza.com">link</a>.</p> <div> <table width="100%" border="1" align="center" cellpadding="20" cellspacing="20"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" valign="middle"> <div> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" align="left"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>PODCAST: Ex Rel. Radio &ndash; False Claims Act: The Risks to Small Business Government Contractors</b><br /> &ldquo;False Claims Act: The Risks to Small Business Government Contractors&rdquo; is the fifth episode of &ldquo;Ex Rel. Radio,&rdquo; our multi-part series on the False Claims Act (FCA). In this episode, Firm Counsel <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/michelle-e-litteken/24">Michelle Litteken</a> joins our host, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/jon-williams">Jon Williams</a>, to discuss how the FCA relates to small business programs, potential risks these companies face, and strategies for avoiding a potentially costly FCA claim. For more information on PilieroMazza&rsquo;s FCA team, please visit <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/false-claims-act">this link</a>. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/podcasts">Read More</a>]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>EVENT: Common Mistakes HR Professionals Make in Government Contracting</b>, January 15, 2020, Speakers: <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/sarah-l-nash/32" target="_blank">Sarah Nash</a>.<br /> Working as a human resources (HR) professional in government contracting requires agility and understanding how additional federal regulations impact human capital management. During this presentation, PilieroMazza <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law" target="_blank">Labor &amp; Employment</a> attorneys will dive into the intersection between HR and government contractors. In particular, they will look at the most common mistakes that are made that lead to legal liability. This event will occur on January 15, 2020, at 5:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Dulles in Sterling, VA. Register <a href="https://dulles.shrm.org/events/2020/01/common-mistakes-professionals-make-government-contracting">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>ANNOUNCEMENT: Jason Blindauer Joins PilieroMazza&rsquo;s Government Contracts Group</b><br /> <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&nbsp;is pleased to announce that&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/jason-a-blindauer">Jason Blindauer</a>&nbsp;has joined the Firm as an Associate in its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts">Government Contracts Group</a>. Mr. Blindauer provides practical, detail-oriented counsel on a wide array of government contracting matters. <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/antonio-r-franco/6">Tony Franco</a>, Chair of the Government Contracts Group, remarked &ldquo;<i>Jay has an impressive body of work in the government contracts sector. Our clients will certainly benefit from his years of experience.</i>&rdquo; [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/announcement-jason-blindauer-joins-pilieromazzas-government-contracts-group">Read More</a>]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>EVENT: Join the HUBZone&nbsp;Council as They Celebrate Their 20th Anniversary</b><br /> On January 17, 2020, the&nbsp;HUBZone Contractors National Council will be hosting its first&nbsp;<b>EVER</b>&nbsp;<i><u>HUBZone Industry Awards Gala</u></i>&nbsp;in Baltimore, MD, at&nbsp;<u>Morgan State University</u> with a 1920s-themed party.&nbsp;The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for the HUBZone Program and highlight the social and economic impact the program is having throughout our nation&rsquo;s most underdeveloped communities.&nbsp;Register <a href="https://hubzonecouncil.org/event-3583726">here</a>.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/small-business-administration-programs" target="_blank"><b>SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS &amp; ADVISORY SERVICES</b></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>SBA Extends Comment Period for Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Program Consolidation</b><br /> The Small Business Administration (SBA) extended the comment period for the proposed rule on the consolidation of mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; programs published in the Federal Register on November 8, 2019. The comment period was scheduled to close on January 17, 2020. SBA extended the comment period an additional 21 days in response to the significant level of interest generated by the proposed rule and requests from multiple stakeholders for an extension. Given the scope of the proposed rule and the nature of the issues raised by the comments received to date, SBA believes that affected businesses need more time to review the proposal and prepare their comments. <u>The comment period has been extended to February 7, 2020</u>. Read the published version <a href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-10/pdf/2020-00169.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/native-american-law" target="_blank">NATIVE AMERICAN LAW</a></b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>The Implications of SBA's Proposed Rule Changes for Tribally Owned 8(a) Businesses</b>, January 8, 2020, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/peter-b-ford/15">Peter Ford</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/emily-j-rouleau">Emily Rouleau</a><br /> SBA recently published a <a href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-08/pdf/2019-23141.pdf" target="_blank">proposed rule</a>&nbsp;that would merge its mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; programs and amend many of its rules governing the 8(a) program. Our Firm&rsquo;s Managing Partner,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/pamela-j-mazza/1" target="_blank">Pamela Mazza</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/blog-sba-publishes-important-proposed-rule-changes-to-8a-and-mentorprotg-programs" target="_blank">recently explained</a>&nbsp;the rule&rsquo;s significant implications for the government contracting community. In particular, SBA&rsquo;s proposed rule would make a number of changes to the 8(a) program and regulations applicable to tribally owned 8(a) businesses.&nbsp;<b><i>Pam and her partner </i></b><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/peter-b-ford/15"><b><i>Peter Ford</i></b></a><b><i> will be attending a tribal consultation meeting in Oklahoma City on January 16, 2020, where tribes and Alaska Native Corporations can weigh in on the changes SBA is proposing. In advance, we have highlighted a few of the proposed changes that may benefit these firms.</i></b> [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/blog-the-implications-of-sbas-proposed-rule-changes-for-tribally-owned-8a-businesses">Read More</a>]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/cybersecurity" target="_blank"><b>CYBERSECURITY &amp; DATA PRIVACY</b></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>DoD's Upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): Still on Target?</b> January 10, 2020, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/jon-williams">Jon Williams</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/anna-r-wright">Anna Wright</a><br /> PilieroMazza has been&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=41&amp;format=xml&amp;q=cmmc" target="_blank">blogging</a>&nbsp;regularly over the past year about the Department of Defense&rsquo;s (DoD) highly anticipated CMMC. And there has been much to say, from the early stages of CMMC as a new &ldquo;overarching standard,&rdquo; to its first public draft release, through its first major streamlining, and finally to its latest public draft release in early December 2019.&nbsp;The pace of developments is expected to increase in 2020 as DoD releases a compliance checklist, finalizes the certification standards, and begins accrediting third parties that will ultimately issue CMMCs to contractors.&nbsp;<b><i>With CMMC expected to become a requirement of many DoD contracts by the end of this fiscal year, CMMC truly is a game-changer for any government contractor working directly for DoD or in the DoD supply chain.</i></b>&nbsp;[<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/blog-dods-upcoming-cybersecurity-maturity-model-certification-cmmc-still-on-target">Read More</a>]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Technology Readiness Evaluation for Use in Acquisitions Programs and Projects</b><br /> The Government Accountability Office released a report titled, &ldquo;Technology Readiness Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Evaluating the Readiness of Technology for Use in Acquisitions Programs and Projects.&rdquo; The development of cutting-edge technologies is critical to many of the government&rsquo;s most costly acquisitions, including new weapons, satellites, nuclear facilities, and homeland security systems. Technology readiness assessments (TRA) are used to evaluate the maturity of technologies and whether they are developed enough to be incorporated into a system without too much risk. Technologies that are not as mature as recommended have been the source of program delays and cost increases. The report is intended to provide a better understanding of technology maturity and a framework for conducting high-quality TRAs. Read the full report <a href="https://www.gao.gov/assets/710/703694.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Air Force Could Tap into Individuals&rsquo; Online Data to Combat Insider Threats</b><br /> Nextgov reported that the Air Force is looking into commercially available data sources that can ethically capture public information on people to help keep its officials up to speed on insider threats. According to a&nbsp;<a href="https://beta.sam.gov/opp/7789563d7bfd4e84a74fc30b2f69afb4/view" target="_blank">request for information</a>, the Air Force wants to pinpoint &ldquo;Public Persona Cyber Data Sources,&rdquo; or services that can provide a wide range of data and information on specific individuals, in a way that&rsquo;s collected legally from the internet, and with a high degree of certainty. The Air Force was mandated by an executive order in 2011 and follow-on policy in 2012 to build and maintain a related capability to monitor insider threats.&nbsp;Read more <a href="https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2020/01/air-force-could-tap-individuals-online-data-combat-insider-threats/162306/">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/false-claims-act" target="_blank"><b>FALSE CLAIMS ACT</b></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>DOJ Recovers over $3 Billion in Fiscal Year 2019 FCA Cases</b><br /> In a recent press release, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that it obtained more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. Recoveries since 1986, when Congress substantially strengthened the civil FCA, now total more than $62 billion. Of the more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments recovered by DOJ this past fiscal year, $2.6 billion relates to matters that involved the healthcare industry, including drug and medical device manufacturers, managed care providers, hospitals, pharmacies, hospice organizations, laboratories, and physicians. This is the tenth consecutive year that the department&rsquo;s civil healthcare fraud settlements and judgments have exceeded $2 billion. The amounts included in the $2.6 billion reflect only federal losses, but in many of these cases the department was instrumental in recovering additional millions of dollars for state Medicaid programs. Read more <a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-recovers-over-3-billion-false-claims-act-cases-fiscal-year-2019">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/business-corporate-law" target="_blank"><b>BUSINESS &amp; CORPORATE LAW</b></a></p> <p align="center"><b>Related Business &amp; Corporate Law Presentations by PilieroMazza</b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Access to Capital: Resources for Scaling for Growth</b>, February 13, 2020, Moderator: <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/david-shafer">Dave Shafer</a>. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/the-national-8a-small-business-conference">Read More</a>]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>2020 Reservation Economic Summit</b>, March 1, 2020, Speakers: <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/kathryn-l-hickey" target="_blank">Kathryn Hickey</a>. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/the-2020-reservation-economic-summit-res">Read More</a>]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law" target="_blank"><b>LABOR &amp; EMPLOYMENT LAW</b></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>OPM Implements Database of Union Contracts</b><br /> Government Executive reported that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) launched an&nbsp;<a href="https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/labor-management-relations/collective-bargaining-agreements/" target="_blank">online database</a>&nbsp;of current collective bargaining agreements between federal agencies and employee unions, a measure that officials said will &ldquo;improve transparency&rdquo; with the public. The database was first mandated by one of three controversial May 2018 executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire federal workers and reduce&nbsp;the influence of labor groups in the federal government. It was&nbsp;one of the few provisions of the workforce orders not challenged by unions in federal court. Read more <a href="https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/01/opm-implements-one-few-uncontested-pieces-trumps-workforce-orders-database-union-contracts/162355/">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>FLSA and FMLA Opinion Letters</b><br /> The Department of Labor (DoL) announced three new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by DoL's Wage and Hour Division on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity that requested the letter.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The opinion letters issued are:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="text-align: justify;">FLSA2020-1: Addressing calculating overtime pay for a non-discretionary lump sum bonus paid at the end of a multi-week training period.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">FMLA2020-1-A: Addressing whether a combined general health district must count the employees of the county in which the health district is located for the purpose of determining FMLA eligibility for its employees.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">FLSA2020-2: Addressing whether per-project payments satisfy the salary basis test for exemption.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">Read more <a href="https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200107">here</a>.</p> <p align="center"><b>Related Labor &amp; Employment Law Presentations by PilieroMazza</b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Common Mistakes HR Professionals Make in Government Contracting</b>, January 15, 2020, Speakers: <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/sarah-l-nash/32" target="_blank">Sarah Nash</a>. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/common-mistakes-hr-professionals-make-in-government-contracting">Read More</a>]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>2020 Reservation Economic Summit</b>, March 1, 2020, Speakers: <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/kathryn-l-hickey" target="_blank">Kathryn Hickey</a>. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/the-2020-reservation-economic-summit-res">Read More</a>]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank"><b>GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS LAW</b></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>NASA Proposed Rule Amends Acquisition Regulation Supplement to Require Purchase of Electronic Parts from Specified Parties</b><br /> The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a proposed rule amending the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to add new text that requires covered contractors and subcontractors of all tiers to use electronic parts that are currently in production and purchased from the original manufacturers of the parts, their authorized dealers, or suppliers who obtain such parts exclusively from the original manufacturers of the parts or their authorized dealers. If the contractor does not purchase electronic parts as described above, they must purchase the parts from a NASA-identified supplier or contractor-approved supplier. The contractor will then assume responsibility and be required to inspect, test, and validate authentication of the parts. The contractor will also be required to obtain traceability information and provide this information to the contracting officer upon request. The selection of contractor-approved suppliers is subject to review and audit by the contracting officer. Read the published version <a href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-07/pdf/2019-27714.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>GSA Updates Practices for Submitting and Distributing FSS Price Lists</b><br /> The General Services Administration (GSA) issued a direct final rule with request for comments amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation at part 552, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses, to update practices for submitting and distributing Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Price Lists. Specifically, GSA is amending clauses 552.238-77, Submission and Distribution of Authorized FSS Price Lists, and 552.23-82, Modifications. Under this rule, the contractor will submit its FSS price list on a common-use electronic medium as prescribed by GSA. Eligible ordering activities will utilize GSA's online shopping and ordering system to review a contractor's price lists. Read the published version <a href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-09/pdf/2019-28016.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>GSA to Make Changes to MAS Consolidation Solicitation</b><br /> Nextgov reported that GSA released&nbsp;<a href="https://interact.gsa.gov/sites/default/files/DRAFT%20Significant%20Changes%20Attachment%20for%20Consolidated%20Schedule-%20January%202020%20Refresh.pdf" target="_blank">a set of updates</a>&nbsp;as part of the first refresh of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) consolidation solicitation&mdash;the vehicle that will replace the 24 schedules currently in place&mdash;to conform to changes in administration policy and clarify some technical details. The refresh will feature a number of updates, including incorporating the latest rule&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nextgov.com/policy/2019/08/federal-ban-chinese-telecom-equipment-takes-effect/159148/">prohibiting contracts that use telecommunication equipment produced by certain Chinese companies</a>, including Huawei. The original rule was published in August and included in the first consolidation solicitation. Read more <a href="https://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2020/01/gsa-about-make-changes-mas-consolidation-solicitation/162319/">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Class Deviation: Use of Fixed-Price Contracts for Foreign Military Sales</b><br /> Effective immediately, until December 31, 2020, contracting officers are not required to use firm-fixed-price contracts for foreign military sales in accordance with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 225.7301-1. Read more <a href="https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/USA000016-20-DPC.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p align="center"><b>Related Government Contracts Law Presentations by PilieroMazza</b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Common Mistakes HR Professionals Make in Government Contracting</b>, January 15, 2020, Speakers: <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/sarah-l-nash/32" target="_blank">Sarah Nash</a>. [<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/common-mistakes-hr-professionals-make-in-government-contracting">Read More</a>]</p> </div> </div>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10ANNOUNCEMENT: Jason Blindauer Joins PilieroMazza's Government Contracts Grouphttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101819&format=xml13 Jan 2020News<p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a> is pleased to announce that&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/jason-a-blindauer" target="_blank">Jason Blindauer</a>&nbsp;has joined the Firm as an Associate in its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">Government Contracts Group</a>. Mr. Blindauer provides practical, detail-oriented counsel on a wide array of government contracting matters. <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/antonio-r-franco/6" target="_blank">Tony Franco</a>, Chair of the Government Contracts Group, remarked &ldquo;<i>Jay has an impressive body of work in the government contracts sector.&nbsp; Our clients will certainly benefit from his years of experience.</i>&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mr. Blindauer represents clients in bid protests, small business issues that include size and status protests, requests for equitable adjustment, claims, and claim appeals. His practice extends to assisting commercial businesses and government contractors in joint ventures, subcontracts, teaming agreements, and cybersecurity matters. He also counsels public and private entities on contract formation and administration.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Additionally, Mr. Blindauer advises on state and local procurement, as well as other government spending authorities, like grants or Other Transaction Authorities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mr. Blindauer previously served as Agency counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he handled government contracts and Federal Tort Claims Act matters. Mr. Blindauer also served as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer, for which he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in OIF III.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mr. Blindauer can be reached at <a href="mailto:jblindauer@pilieromazza.com">jblindauer@pilieromazza.com</a> or at 202.857.1000.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10