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BLOG: Department of Defense Sets Course on Cybersecurity Evaluation and Enforcement

July 17, 2019
By David T. Shafer
On a limited budget, government contractors need to be compliant with a litany of statutes, regulations, and industry standards in order to remain competitive in the marketplace. This has become particularly true in the cybersecurity context.
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BLOG: Impact of California Consumer Privacy Act on Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses

July 8, 2019
By David T. Shafer and Jonathan Williams
The California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA") will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Similar to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), CCPA creates significant compliance challenges for government contractors and commercial businesses doing business in California, with several states following suit. Under CCPA, fines from the Attorney General for businesses that do not comply could be as high as $7,500 per violation, with CCPA also granting consumers the right to bring private action, exposing companies to actual and statutory damages.
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BLOG: Long-Awaited Proposed Rule for Lower-Tier Subcontracting Plan Credit Finally Arrives to the FAR

June 28, 2019
By Kathryn V. Flood
The FAR Council is beginning to catch up with the SBA's allowance that prime contractors with small business subcontracting plans may take credit for lower-tier small business subcontracting—albeit, three years behind schedule. PilieroMazza attorneys will monitor and report on these developments, which could affect prime contractors and their subcontracting plan reporting, as well as their ability to win and maintain government contracts.
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BLOG: SBA Issues Proposed Rule Changing Receipts Calculation to 5 Years, Implementing Small Business Runway Extension Act

June 24, 2019
By Megan C. Connor
On June 24, 2019, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published its long-awaited proposed rule changing the period of measurement for a receipts-based size calculation from three years to five years. This change was prompted by the Small Business Runway Extension Act (the Runway Act), which became law on December 17, 2018. SBA was slow to implement this change because SBA believes that the Runway Act amended a section of the Small Business Act that does not apply to SBA. "Nevertheless," SBA says, "to promote consistency government-wide on small business size standards, SBA proposes to change its own size standards to provide for a 5-year averaging period for calculating annual average receipts for all receipts-based size standards." Smaller and larger small businesses industry wide could be impacted in terms of gaining access to government contracts. PilieroMazza will be submitting comments to the proposed rules on behalf of our small business clients before the August 23, 2019, deadline.
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BLOG: Learn from Others' Mistakes and Avoid an FCA Claim

June 20, 2019
By Michelle E. Litteken
The recent settlement reached by International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), Cúram Software Ltd. (Cúram), and the Department of Justice provides a useful lesson for government contractors—especially contractors in the healthcare industry.
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