On October 2, 2013, SBA issued its long-anticipated final rule addressing the use of set-asides on multiple award contracts and clarifying the regulations on bundling and contract consolidation. The final rule implements sections of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. SBA had issued a proposed rule on these issues in May 2012, and solicited comments. Likewise, DOD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in November 2011 providing agencies with initial guidance regarding the use of set-asides on multiple . . . Read More
With the federal government shut down heading into its second week, many employers, especially contractors, have been faced with difficult decisions regarding laying off and furloughing employees. If your company has faced or is facing theses decisions, keep in mind the following labor and employment issues that could expose the company to liability.
Two new rules affecting the implementation of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”), governing protected veterans, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 503”), governing persons with disabilities were published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2013. The rules become effective on March 24, 2014 and federal contractors and subcontractors must largely come into compliance with the rules by that date. Contractors with affirmative action programs in place on March 24, 2014 may maintain them until . . . Read More
On August 27, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced new rules outlining how federal contractors should handle their affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for protected veterans and for individuals with disabilities under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”), governing protected veterans, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 503”), governing persons with disabilities. The new rules attempt to measure federal contractors’ progress toward achieving equal opportunity for people with disabilities and protected veterans . . . Read More
Last Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued the long-awaited final rule implementing provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (“Jobs Act”) pertaining to small business size and status integrity. The new rule, while softened from the proposed rule, implements a strict standard with wide-ranging consequences for contractors representing their size or status under the System for Award Management (“SAM”) database or submitting a proposal under a solicitation reserved or intended for small businesses or businesses participating . . . Read More
On May 13, 2013, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking comments on how to improve the regulations governing the VA’s Verification Program for SDVOSBs and VOSBs. See 78 Fed. Reg. 27882 (May 13, 2013). The VA is planning to amend its regulations to provide greater clarity, to streamline the verification program, and to encourage more veteran-owned firms to participate in the program. As an . . . Read More
On May 7, 2013, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued an amendment to its women-owned small business (“WOSB”) federal contract program regulations which lifted the limitation on the dollar amount of a contract that can be set aside for WOSBs. See 78 Fed. Reg. 26504 (May 7, 2013). This amendment takes immediate effect.
In our February 6, 2013 Client Alert regarding new developments for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (“SDVOSBs”), we discussed the U.S. Court of Federal Claims’ (“COFC”) decision in KWV, Inc. v. United States and the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent report on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ verification process for SDVOSBs. Yesterday, the COFC issued another ruling that impacts the issues discussed in our February 6th Client Alert and that ruling will have important ramifications for veteran ownership in SDVOSBs. This . . . Read More
This Client Alert details two recent developments for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans First Program. Last month, the Government Accountability Office released a report detailing its examination of the VA’s verification process for VOSBs and SDVOSBs. A few weeks later, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued its decision in KWV, Inc. v. United States, a case that dealt with a conflict between the VA’s verification process and a post-award VOSB protest determination, as well as a veteran’s . . . Read More