Has Your Claim Been Flagged for Fraud? How It Impacts Your Ability to Appeal Before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

A recent decision [1] from the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) in the appeal of Widescope Consulting and Contracting Services sheds some light on the issue of whether the CBCA lacks jurisdiction over an appeal of a claim that a contracting officer has flagged for suspected fraud. Based on the Widescope decision, if a contracting officer merely suspects fraud and claims they have been divested of the authority to issue a decision on a claim, contractors will have the right . . . Read More

PilieroMazza Celebrates Pride Month

PilieroMazza joins in celebrating the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ+ community. While LGBTQ+ individuals have always existed, it is only relatively recently that the United States has begun to recognize this community and the diversity and beauty it brings to our collective culture—as we at PilieroMazza can attest! From the Stonewall Riots to the more recent Supreme Court cases recognizing the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals to live authentically, we honor this history, with all its triumphs as well . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – June 24, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . PilieroMazza Partner Jon Williams Testifies at Congressional Hearing on CMMC, June 24, 2021 PilieroMazza is pleased to announce that Jon Williams , a Partner on the Firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team and Chair of the Government Contracts Group , testified at a hearing on June 24, 2021, at 10:00 AM ET before the Congressional Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations. The hearing—which focused on matters concerning Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)—was entitled “CMMC Implementation: . . . Read More

New CIO-SP4 Modification – An Undue Restriction on Competition and a Violation of SBA Regulations?

On June 22, 2021, the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) issued its third modification to the Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Request for Proposals (RFP). Among other things, NITAAC made significant changes to how subcontractors and mentors in Small Business Administration (SBA) approved mentor-protégé programs are treated for purposes of the evaluation. The RFP appears to disallow the use of any subcontractor experience, past performance, or other qualifications, including from small businesses, . . . Read More

DOD, GSA, and NASA Issue Proposed Rule to Update the HUBZone Program in the FAR

The Small Business Administration (SBA) updated its Historically Underutilized Business (HUBZone) program in a final rule issued on November 26, 2019, at 84 FR 65,222. The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have issued a proposed rule seeking to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to correspond with the updates made by the SBA. The proposed changes to the FAR include: updating the small business concern definition, adding in status protest procedures for . . . Read More

PilieroMazza Partner Jon Williams to Testify at Congressional Hearing on CMMC

PilieroMazza is pleased to announce that Jon Williams , a Partner on the Firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team and Chair of the Government Contracts Group , will testify at a hearing on June 24, 2021, at 10:00 AM ET before the Congressional Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations. The hearing—which focuses on matters concerning Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)—is entitled “CMMC Implementation: What It Means for Small Businesses.” A recording of the hearing is available here , and a copy of Jon’s testimony is available here . CMMC . . . Read More

Biden Announces 50 Percent Increase in Small Disadvantaged Business Contracting Goals: Key Details for Government Contractors

On June 1, 2021, President Biden marked the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre by announcing the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan to increase small disadvantaged business (SDB) contracting goals by fifty percent. The White House also released new information regarding President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. Below are key details on the new SDB contracting goals for government contractors. Biden’s announcement launched an all-of-government effort to expand contracting opportunities for underserved small businesses across the country. The new goal is to . . . Read More

PilieroMazza Joins the Nation in Recognizing Juneteenth

June 19, 1865, marks the date that Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of both the Civil War and slavery. His announcement, General Order Number 3, reads in part: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves and the connection heretofore existing . . . Read More

Partner Todd M. Reinecker Joins PilieroMazza’s Growing Litigation Team

PilieroMazza is pleased to announce that Todd M. Reinecker joined the Firm as a Partner in its growing Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group . “Todd’s impressive trial record and the diversity of his litigation practice make him a key asset of our expanding team,” said Matt Feinberg , Chair of the Group. “Clients will benefit from his wealth of experience and practical, comprehensive approach to litigation and to helping clients avoid litigation where possible.”  Commenting on his transition to PilieroMazza, Todd stated: “I am delighted to be joining the Firm and . . . Read More

Charity for the Win! PilieroMazza’s Jeopardy Game Night Benefits 5 Charities

Members of PilieroMazza’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and Events Committee recently organized a “Trivia for Good” Jeopardy game night.  It was a lively, friendly competition involving the Firm’s attorneys and support staff competing to donate dollars to five charities.  Below is more information on the charities receiving donations.  Special thanks to Emmanuel Elone and Adam Kuester for organizing the event. Operation Renewed Hope Foundation Operation Renewed Hope Foundation has helped hundreds of homeless and at-risk Veterans secure safe, permanent homes—and overcome the root causes of homelessness and instability . . . Read More