PilieroMazza’s GovCon M&A Team Advises MicroTech on Sale of Subsidiary Defined Technologies to Comcast Corporation

TYSONS CORNER, VA – OCTOBER 18, 2021: PilieroMazza , a business law firm serving government contractors and commercial businesses, is proud to announce that the Firm advised client MicroTechnologies, LLC (DBA MicroTech) in the successful sale of its subsidiary, Defined Technologies, to Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA).  Leading the legal transaction team was Government Contracts partner, Isaias “Cy” Alba , joined by PilieroMazza Mergers & Acquisitions attorneys Dave Shafer and Michael Thurmond .  Commenting on the sale, Cy remarked, “This transaction is advantageous for all parties involved, MicroTech will continue focusing on its core . . . Read More

PilieroMazza Litigators Score Major Win for Tribally Owned Government Contractor

Attorneys from PilieroMazza ’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group scored a major win on a motion to dismiss for a tribally owned government contractor and its employees facing complex trade secrets, non-compete/non-solicitation, and tortious interference litigation related to the award of a federal contract.  The team, led by Practice Group Chair Matt Feinberg , included contributions from attorneys in the Firm’s Government Contracts and Labor & Employment practice groups.  “We couldn’t be more pleased for our clients, who were completely exonerated,” said Matt.  “The fact that our defense strategy combined efforts of attorneys . . . Read More

Govcon Giants Podcast: Meghan Leemon Offers Insights on SBA’s Suspension of Bona Fide Place of Business Requirements for 8(a) Construction Contracts

Govcon Giants’ podcast host Eric Coffie recently spoke with PilieroMazza ’s Meghan Leemon where she offered insights on the all-new, effective immediately, SBA policy to suspend bona fide place of business requirements for 8(a) construction contracts.  Meghan covers what is a bona fide office, why was it created, and how it impacts small businesses.  The discussion also goes into other rules and changes recently implemented that may affect small business government contractors.  Visit the link below to hear the full podcast. Meghan is . . . Read More

How Government Contractors Can Mitigate Potential Impacts of a Government Shutdown

As of this writing, and in the absence of a continuing resolution being enacted by Congress, there will be a shutdown of most government operations on October 1, 2021.  It is not clear whether the House and the Senate will be able to pass a continuing resolution before that date.  PilieroMazza summarizes below steps government contractors should consider to prepare for and mitigate damages arising from a government shutdown.  We also identify important labor and employment issues that contractors should keep . . . Read More

Making a Good Faith Effort: The Recent Update to FAR Subcontracting Plan Regulations

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently published a final rule that amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to better explain how contracting officers should evaluate “good faith efforts” on the part of prime contractors to comply with their small business subcontracting plans. These explanations were already included in Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations through a final rule published on November 29, 2019. But, the FAR amendments will allow contracting officers to more easily determine when and . . . Read More

DOD Issues Class Deviation Making Limitations on Subcontracting Compliance More Uniform

As we previously wrote , the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) limitations on subcontracting (LOS) rule was recently revised to more closely mirror the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) LOS regulation. However, because the changes to the FAR do not account for more-recent revisions to SBA’s LOS rule, inconsistencies between the two sets of regulations remain. Recognizing this disconnect, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council has released a memorandum authorizing civilian agencies to issue FAR class deviations to better align the FAR’s and . . . Read More

Watch Your Step: Avoiding False Claims Act Violations from Limitations in Subcontracting and Performance of Work Requirements

Members of the government contracting community are familiar with the contracting opportunities offered specifically to small and disadvantaged businesses.  The availability of small business contracts and set-aside contracting opportunities through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a), Mentor-Protégé, and various set-aside programs (such as those available for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses or women-owned small businesses), offer important opportunities for small businesses to grow without competing against mega companies with endless resources.  However, certain requirements for performing contracts under these programs . . . Read More

Jury Convicts Former NASA Subcontractor of Fraud: A Warning Regarding Wire Fraud for Government Contractors

In the government contracting sphere, being able to qualify for one or more of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) small business set-aside programs or self-certify as a small business can help open doors to new contracting opportunities for companies without having to compete against billion-dollar businesses. But making a false certification of size or status to participate in these programs or bid on set-aside contracts can cause problems for your business and may even lead to criminal liability. A . . . Read More

President Biden Issues Unprecedented COVID-19 Requirements for Private Employers and Government Contractors on National Scale

On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration announced sweeping updates to its national strategy to combat COVID-19. The updates come less than a month after the Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and as the country continues to experience a rise in COVID-19 cases. The plan, which still leaves a number of unanswered questions, including in certain cases a timeline for implementation, is available here . Below is PilieroMazza’s summary of key updates to the Biden Administration’s vaccination . . . Read More

The FAR’s Revised Limitations on Subcontracting: What You Need to Know

On August 11, 2021, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) issued a final rule revising and standardizing the limitations on subcontracting (LOS), including the nonmanufacturer rule, that apply to small business concerns under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 19, more closely aligning them with Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations. The final rule becomes effective today, September 10, 2021, and is summarized in more detail below. The FAR Council’s long-awaited LOS rule finally addresses major differences that had existed between SBA’s regulations . . . Read More