Forming a Joint Venture? SBA Stresses Importance of Complying with State Law

As PilieroMazza previously highlighted , contractors wishing to pursue set-aside work through small business joint ventures (JVs) must comply with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) JV regulations, which require certain JVs to have detailed and specific JV agreements (JVAs). A recent case from SBA’s Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) highlights just how important it is that small business JVs also comply with applicable state laws. Contractors should be aware that failing to comply with state laws can cause a small . . . Read More

Why the Content of a Contractor’s Joint Venture Agreement Matters

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) joint venture (JV) regulations allow large businesses to perform set-aside contracts with their small business protégés and allow small businesses to pool their resources and experience to compete for set-aside work they would not independently qualify for. However, these JVs must strictly comply with SBA’s JV regulations. Among other things, this means each JV must have a JV agreement (JVA) that checks a litany of regulatory boxes. A recent SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals . . . Read More

Department of Commerce Adds 6 China-Based Entities to Export Administration Regulations List

Department of Commerce Adds 6 China-Based Entities to Export Administration Regulations List On February 14, 2023, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) ( 15 C.F.R. §§ 730 et seq. ) list ( Entity List ) by adding six China-based entities. The Biden Administration determined that those six entities were conducting business contrary to U.S. national security and / or foreign policy interests. Government contractors should be cautious when doing business with the following entities: Beijing Nanjiang Aerospace Technology; . . . Read More

Crackdown on Pandemic Fraud: Impact on Small Business Government Contractors

On March 2, 2023, the White House announced that President Biden intends to ask Congress for $1.6 Billion to combat ongoing fraud related to COVID relief programs, referred to as “pandemic fraud.” This comes in the wake of “historic” levels of fraud that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, the full extent of which is still not fully known. In the White House’s announcement, it notes that the requested $1.6 Billion will be for President Biden’s three-part Pandemic Anti-Fraud proposal. These three . . . Read More

Veterans Affairs Imposes Increased Cybersecurity Rules on Government Contractors

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a final rule , effective February 24, 2023, amending the VA’s Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) to impose new cybersecurity procedures and processes to protect sensitive VA data and health information. Although much of the recent cybersecurity buzz has centered around the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification ( CMMC ) framework, the VA did not want to be left out. These VAAR additions will force affected contractors at all tiers to implement internal controls . . . Read More

Recovering Bid Preparation and Proposal Costs for Government Contractors: ARxIUM Provides Helpful Guidance

Filing a bid protest and ultimately recovering bid preparation and proposal costs after winning may not be a primary concern for contractors as they pursue a new contract. However, a recent Court of Federal Claims decision provides useful, but often overlooked, guidance for government contractors hoping to recover costs in such situations. This blog summarizes the Court’s decision in ARxIUM, Inc. v. United States [1] and suggests best practices for contractors to maximize cost recovery and improve bid preparation processes in . . . Read More

Proposed Ban on Non-Compete Agreements May Affect Government Contractors’ Ability to Win Recompetes

In January 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a proposed rule to ban the use of non-compete clauses in employment agreements. The rule follows President Biden’s July 9, 2021, executive order encouraging the FTC to engage in rulemaking restricting the “unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility.” The FTC invites the public to comment by March 20, 2023. In this blog, we discuss important considerations related to the FTC’s proposed nationwide ban . . . Read More

GSA Technology Contractors: 4 Requirements to Ensure Only Approved Software Is Used

Almost two years ago, Executive Order 14028 – Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO) was issued requiring a host of actions be taken by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as well as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). NIST completed one of those actions, which required it to identify “practices that enhance the security of the software supply chain,” when it released guidance on a secure software development framework and software supply chain security. In a recent memo , OMB . . . Read More

SBIR/STTR Reauthorization: Do’s and Don’ts of Program Eligibility for Small Business Contractors in Science and Technology

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering oversees the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. In September, Congress reauthorized the programs through 2025, and President Biden signed the SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022 (Act). SBIR/STTR programs present an opportunity for small business contractors in science and technology to assist the government with unique research and development needs. Below, PilieroMazza discusses the do’s and don’ts of SBIR/STTR program eligibility. SBIR/STTR programs provide . . . Read More

Impact of Postal Service’s $9.6 Billion Sustainability Investment on the Future of Government Contracts

The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently announced that it intends to procure over 60,000 new electric vehicles by 2028 in an effort to modernize its fleet and become more environmentally responsible. In this blog, PilieroMazza summarizes the USPS’s announcement and analyzes what impacts this acquisition may have on government contractors interested in sustainable procurements. The USPS Announcement On December 20, 2022, the USPS announced it was taking a major step towards becoming more environmentally conscious by investing $9.6 Billion over the . . . Read More