Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – November 23, 2022

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . Upcoming Events: Register to attend PilieroMazza’s upcoming events here . Recent Thought Leadership: Check out PilieroMazza’s recent client alerts and blogs here . GovCon Live! Podcast: Listen to PilieroMazza’s Podcast Series “Commercial Businesses New to Government Contracting” here .   GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS SBA Adjusts Economic Disadvantage Thresholds for 8(a) and EDWOSB Programs and Monetary-Based Size Standards, 11.18.22, Meghan Leemon and James Rhodes Per an interim final rule published on November 17, 2022, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is adjusting the . . . Read More

SBA Adjusts Economic Disadvantage Thresholds for 8(a) and EDWOSB Programs and Monetary-Based Size Standards

Per an interim final rule published on November 17, 2022, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is adjusting the three economic disadvantage thresholds applicable to the 8(a) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) programs for inflation. SBA’s interim final rule will also increase its receipts-based small business size standards. These changes will be effective on December 19, 2022. SBA’s changes should be welcomed by small businesses and participants in the 8(a) and EDWOSB programs and those looking to apply. Economic Disadvantage Thresholds for . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – November 18, 2022

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . Upcoming Events: Register to attend PilieroMazza’s upcoming events here . Recent Thought Leadership: Check out PilieroMazza’s recent client alerts and blogs here . GovCon Live! Podcast: Listen to PilieroMazza’s Podcast Series “Commercial Businesses New to Government Contracting” here .   GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Biden Proposes Emissions Reduction and Reporting Standards for Federal Contractors, 11.14.22, Cy Alba and Ustina Ibrahim The Biden-Harris Administration recently published a proposed rule on Federal Supplier Climate Risks and Resilience (Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule intends to further the goals . . . Read More

Act Fast: ESOP-Owned Defense Contractors Eligible for Sole-Source Awards in New DOD Pilot Program

The Department of Defense (DOD) recently launched a pilot program allowing Contracting Officers (CO) to award sole-source follow-on contracts to contractors owned 100% by an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Although sole-source awards already exist for specific types of small businesses, this program marks the first time that the government authorized a set-aside program for ESOPs. Like most pilot programs, however, the ESOP set-aside program is limited, with strict eligibility criteria and only nine contracts available. Considering these limitations, ESOPs interested in participating in . . . Read More

Biden Proposes Emissions Reduction and Reporting Standards for Federal Contractors

The Biden-Harris Administration recently published a proposed rule on Federal Supplier Climate Risks and Resilience (Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule intends to further the goals set forth in Biden’s Executive Order on Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability (E.O. 14057) and to reduce the financial risks faced by the federal government from climate change-related supply chain disruptions. The Proposed Rule would set standards on emissions reporting, climate-related financial risk disclosure, and emissions reduction targets for federal contractors and subcontractors. Primarily, the Proposed Rule would require major suppliers to establish Paris Agreement-aligned emissions reduction goals. The . . . Read More

Small Government Contractors and the FCA: Is More Enforcement on the Horizon?

Presented by Matt Feinberg and Jackie Unger . Click here to view the recorded session. The False Claims Act is a primary tool in the government’s arsenal to fight fraud in federal procurement. With contractors facing a number of compliance requirements and recent Justice Department enforcement initiatives, the FCA remains a major concern. Join Matt Feinberg and Jackie Unger , partners on PilieroMazza’s False Claims Act Team , for a review of emerging FCA trends and enforcement initiatives. They’ll discuss: recent cases and their potential impacts trends affecting small business government contractors the implementation . . . Read More

PilieroMazza Submits Comments on Proposed Rule on Ownership and Control and Contractual Assistance Requirements for the 8(a) Business Development Program

On November 8, 2022, PilieroMazza ―a business law firm serving clients in the government contract and commercial business sectors―submitted comments on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s proposed rule on ownership and control and contractual assistance requirements for the 8(a) Business Development Program (RIN 3245-AH70). Our Firm represents small businesses operating across the government contracting arena that have great interest in the subjects covered in the proposed rule. We appreciate SBA’s efforts on this important rulemaking and agree with many of SBA’s . . . Read More

PilieroMazza’s Matt Feinberg Comments on Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Lawsuit Against the SBA

A nearly 100-year old family-run animal attraction in South Florida, Monkey Jungle, recently filed for federal aid due to issues related to COVID. Since primates in the attraction can contract the highly contagious virus from humans, the company had to close its doors. With no revenue, and still maintaining a staff to care for hundreds of animals, Monkey Jungle is struggling to stay in business. So the company filed for a federal COVID relief grant designed to keep entertainment venues . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – November 2, 2022

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . Upcoming Events: Register to attend PilieroMazza’s upcoming events here . Recent Thought Leadership: Check out PilieroMazza’s recent client alerts and blogs here . GovCon Live! Podcast: Listen to PilieroMazza’s Podcast Series “Commercial Businesses New to Government Contracting” here .   GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Prohibition on Use or Delivery of Chinese Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Products and Services: The Potential Link Between Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA and Section 1260H of the 2021 NDAA, . . . Read More