Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – May 6, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . COVID-19 Client Resource Center: To access resources for businesses navigating the COVID-19 crisis, we invite you to visit PilieroMazza’s “ COVID-19 Client Resource Center .” Contact covid19@pilieromazza.com for immediate assistance. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS SBA Extends the HUBZone Map Freeze to June 30, 2023, May 5, 2021, Jon Williams and  Anna Wright Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a direct final rule extending the HUBZone map freeze from December 31, 2021, to June 30, 2023.  The direct final rule (available  here . . . Read More

SBA Extends the HUBZone Map Freeze to June 30, 2023

Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a direct final rule extending the HUBZone map freeze from December 31, 2021, to June 30, 2023.  The direct final rule (available here ) takes effect on June 21, 2021.  This is the latest in a series of developments for the HUBZone Program in 2021; read PilieroMazza’s previous coverage on the developments impacting the HUBZone Program here and here .  Several years ago, SBA froze the HUBZone maps until December 31, 2021, to ensure that firms . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – April 29, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . COVID-19 Client Resource Center: To access resources for businesses navigating the COVID-19 crisis, we invite you to visit PilieroMazza’s “ COVID-19 Client Resource Center .” Contact covid19@pilieromazza.com for immediate assistance. LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION Return to Work: Employer-Mandated COVID Vaccination Policies and Accommodating Employee Disabilities and Religious Beliefs, April 23, 2021, Matthew Kreiser With over 50% of the adult population in the United States having received at least one dose of a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID), . . . Read More

Biden Signs EO to Increase Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Rate to $15.00 an Hour

Yesterday, President Biden signed an executive order (Biden Order) that will increase the applicable minimum wage rate to be paid to workers performing work on or in connection with federal contracts from $10.95 to $15.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2022. As early as his second day in office, President Biden committed to modifying an Obama-era executive order to get one step closer to a national minimum wage increase of the same magnitude. Below are key details on the applicability of the . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – April 21, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . WEBINAR: The First 100 Days: Deciphering Key Provisions in the Buy American Act for Government Contractors, April 27, 2021, Jackie Unger and Anna Sullivan . Read more here . COVID-19 Client Resource Center: To access resources for businesses navigating the COVID-19 crisis, we invite you to visit PilieroMazza’s “ COVID-19 Client Resource Center .” Contact covid19@pilieromazza.com for immediate assistance. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS SBA Pivots to Say HUBZone Firms in Redesignated QDA Cannot Maintain 10-Year Principal Office Eligibility Through Long-Term Investment, April . . . Read More

OHA Upholds SBA Denial of Admission to 8(a) Program for Failure to Demonstrate Status as Recognized Indian Tribe

In a noteworthy decision this February, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) upheld SBA’s determination denying GTEC Industries, Inc. (GTECI) entry into the 8(a) Business Development Program as a tribally owned entity. [1] For businesses seeking 8(a) program certification, this decision highlights the importance of demonstrating eligibility by a preponderance of the evidence. GTECI’s 8(a) application has a lengthy history. GTECI first applied to the 8(a) program in May 2017 and was denied in May 2018 . . . Read More

SBA Pivots to Say HUBZone Firms in Redesignated QDA Cannot Maintain 10-Year Principal Office Eligibility Through Long-Term Investment

In January, we issued a client alert discussing how HUBZone firms in redesignated areas could plan to maintain their HUBZone status after the end of 2021. One of the primary strategies we discussed in the client alert was based on Small Business Administration (SBA) guidance about long-term investments in qualified disaster areas (QDAs). At the time, based on SBA guidance, we understood that HUBZone firms located in redesignated areas could qualify their current HUBZone principal office location as HUBZone eligible for at . . . Read More

HHS Issues Proposed Regulations Governing Buy Indian Act Procurement Procedures

Late last year, the Indian Health Service (IHS) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed regulations that would, if made final, govern IHS’s use of set-asides under the Buy Indian Act (Act). IHS’s current regulations give little guidance on how set-asides under the Act should be made. If the proposed regulations go into effect, officials at IHS will have a better roadmap for setting aside procurements under the Act. Below are key eligibility and procedural updates . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – April 2, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . PilieroMazza Reacts to the Rise in Violence Against the Asian-American Community, March 29, 2021 In the past year, 3,800 acts of violence were perpetrated against the Asian-American community, with a disproportionate number of these attacks directed at women specifically. The PilieroMazza family joins others in raising our voices to condemn these acts of violence, which diminish us as a nation and violate every human being’s basic right to . . . Read More

Congress Expands Buy Indian Act Procurement Authority: 7 Key Changes Native American Businesses Should Watch

A law passed by Congress at the end of 2020 seeks to expand contracting opportunities under the Buy Indian Act (Act). Through the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2020, Congress amended the Act to expand the scope of the authority of the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make acquisitions subject to preferences for Indian labor and Indian industry under the Act. It is unclear how DOI or HHS will . . . Read More