Prohibitions on Use of Some Chinese Telecommunications Equipment by Government Contractors Effective August 13, 2020

Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019—prohibiting government agencies and government contractors they work with from using certain covered telecommunications equipment or services from China—goes into effect on August 13, 2020. The FAR Council issued an interim rule implementing Section 889(a)(1)(B) by making a number of changes to 48 CFR Parts 1, 4, 13, 39, and 52. While the interim rule will be effective as of August 13, comments to the . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – August 7, 2020

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 .” Please contact  covid19@pilieromazza.com  for immediate assistance. NEWS: Matt Feinberg Talks to Law360 on Litigation Funding Companies’ Interest in Funding FCA Cases, July 28, 2020. [ Read More ] LABOR & EMPLOYMENT DOL Releases Fluctuating Workweek Fact Sheet The Department of Labor (DOL) released a new fact sheet with guidance on calculating overtime when DOL’s . . . Read More

SBA Issues More New Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness

In a new FAQ published on August 4, 2020 (found  here ), SBA clarified some additional points from the use of scanned documents to support the application to the forgiveness eligibility of costs incurred or paid during the chosen covered period. As always, PilieroMazza wants to bring this to the attention of all of our clients as we know many firms are currently preparing their forgiveness applications and these may be critical updates. General Loan Forgiveness If you are a sole proprietor/1099 . . . Read More

California Consumer Privacy Act Enforcement Effective July 1

Despite requests for delay due to COVID-19, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has affirmed that enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has started, effective July 1, 2020. The CCPA is a huge step forward in data privacy law, granting California consumers robust data privacy rights and increased control over their personal information. Previous  PilieroMazza  coverage of the CCPA can be viewed  here  and  here . While the CCPA has been in effect since January 1, 2020, companies that do business with California . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – July 27, 2020

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 .” Please contact  covid19@pilieromazza.com  for immediate assistance. CYBERSECURITY & DATA PRIVACY CMMC Heads to the STARS: Important Cybersecurity Provisions in GSA’s 8(a) STARS III RFP, July 22, 2020,  Jon WilliamsCy AlbaMeghan Leemon , and  Anna Wright One of the hottest topics for government contractors is the General Services Administration’s (GSA) recent release of the updated 8(a) STARS III . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – July 21, 2020

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 .” Please contact  covid19@pilieromazza.com  for immediate assistance. LABOR & EMPLOYMENT New DOL Rule Frees TRICARE Providers from OFCCP Audits and Enforcement, July 10, 2020,  Sara Nasseri On July 2, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule, which clarifies that its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) lacks authority over certain medical providers . . . Read More

GSA and SBA Issue Additional Guidance on Bidding Through Joint Ventures for STARS III

As we  wrote  on July 16th, SBA was interpreting 13 CFR 124.513(a)(2) as prohibiting awards of STARS III to both an 8(a) firm, individually, and a joint venture where that same 8(a) firm was the entity upon whom eligibility for the JV was based. Below we address additional guidance as to SBA’s interpretation of the prohibitions for 8(a) firms seeking to bid on STARS III—as well as compliance requirements—which are important to note as firms prepare their bidding strategies. As of Friday evening, SBA . . . Read More

Virginia First State to Adopt Workplace Safety Standards Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

On July 15, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board approved temporary emergency standards to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Virginia workplaces. Expected to go into effect during the week of July 27, the new workplace safety standards are the first of their kind in the country. The regulations will impose large monetary penalties on companies that fail to implement various COVID-19 safety measures. Virginia state officials, under the direction of Governor Ralph Northam, purportedly spearheaded implementation of the . . . Read More

STARS III: Simultaneous Bidding as Prime Contractor and Managing Member of JV, or Bidding as Managing Member Under Multiple JVs

PilieroMazza  has received a flood of questions related to STARS III and  Cy Alba  gave a presentation ( link ) earlier today walking through a number of keys issues and our interpretation of key requirements in the RFP. As a part of that, one key question being asked is whether clients are able to bid themselves as a prime contractor and also as the managing member of a joint venture?  While there is nothing in the STARS III RFP that expressly disallows submitting an offer . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – July 7, 2020

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 .” Please contact covid19@pilieromazza.com for immediate assistance. LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW DC Launches Paid Family Leave Program July 1—What Employers Need to Know, July 1, 2020, Nichole AtallahSarah Nash , and  Sara Nasseri Employees in DC are now eligible for paid family leave pursuant to the DC Paid Family Leave Act. Below is our brief primer on what . . . Read More