GSA Seeks Feedback on Potential Changes to Polaris Joint Ventures

On May 13, 2022, the General Services Administration (GSA) published draft proposed changes to the Polaris Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). Specifically, the agency is proposing to revise Section L.5.1.3.1 of the request for proposals (RFP), dealing with joint ventures, after reviewing industry feedback and engaging with the Small Business Administration (SBA). GSA emphasized that the language is in draft form and is subject to change. Most importantly, members of the small business information technology community are encouraged to provide feedback to Polaris@gsa.gov by . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses– May 11, 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 latest episodes and follow us to hear more here .   GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS GSA Awards Blanket Purchase Agreements for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Procurement The General Services Administration (GSA) awarded new Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs), which will make it . . . Read More

Federal Circuit Clarifies the Scope of Incorporation by Reference

A recent Federal Circuit decision supplies helpful direction to contractors wishing to incorporate their standard commercial terms and conditions into their government contracts. The federal government often claims that it wants to make its contracting process more like the commercial marketplace, but the government does not make it easy for commercial companies to do business with it. CSI Aviation, Inc. v. Dep’t of Homeland Security highlights the potential confusion surrounding the terms and conditions governing government contracts for commercial products or services. There, the contractor succeeded after several . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses– May 6, 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 latest episodes and follow us to hear more here .   GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS SBA Requests Comments on Potential Change in Size Standard for Resellers, April 28, 2022, Jon Williams On April 26, 2022, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a  proposed rule  regarding its small business size . . . Read More

Law360 Publishes Kevin Barnett’s Article on DOD Pilot Program for ESOPs

Law360 published an article by Kevin Barnett , a counsel with the Government Contracts Group at PilieroMazza , on May 4. In the Expert Analysis piece , titled “ESOPs Have Opportunity to Shape DOD Pilot Program for Sole Source Contracts,” Kevin urges employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) to weigh in on a potential pilot program from the Department of Defense (DOD) that will allow businesses owned 100% by an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) to receive sole source awards on follow-on contracts. Please visit this link for the . . . Read More

12 PilieroMazza Attorneys Featured in 2022 Super Lawyers

The 2022 edition of  Super Lawyers® lists 12 attorneys from  PilieroMazza ’s three offices and four core practice areas. Notably, partners Nichole Atallah of the Labor & Employment Group and Matt Feinberg of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group were elevated to Super Lawyer status this year.  “PilieroMazza appreciates the acknowledgment that our attorneys received from Super Lawyers® ,” said Managing Partner Tony Franco . “It is a testament to the diligence and dedication to client service by the Firm’s entire team.” Super Lawyers® Attorney Title Practice Office Antonio R. Franco Managing Partner    Government Contracts               Washington, DC Pamela J. Mazza Founding Partner Government Contracts Washington, DC . . . Read More

SBA Requests Comments on Potential Change in Size Standard for Resellers

On April 26, 2022, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule regarding its small business size standards for federal contractors in manufacturing and other industries with employee-based size standards. Small business federal contractors should take note of the proposed changes and consider whether to address this proposal by submitting a public comment by the June 27 deadline. SBA’s proposals include potential increases in the size standards for 150 industries. These include the size standard for surgical appliance and supplies manufacturing . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses– April 26, 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 latest episodes and follow us to hear more here .   GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS OMB Issues Guidance about Buy America Preference in Federal Infrastructure Contracts The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued new guidance to help federal agencies implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s “Build . . . Read More

GSA Will Expand Joint Ventures’ Eligibility to Secure GSA Schedule Contracts Beyond Information Technology

By the end of May, the General Services Administration (GSA) will issue a Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) modification that will open all special item numbers to the GSA Springboard program. As a result, joint ventures will be able to secure all Special Item Numbers (SINs) under the consolidated MAS contracts, not just under IT SINs. With this good news in mind, contractors should consider whether to use their joint ventures to apply for MAS contracts that were formerly unavailable. The Springboard program . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses– April 20, 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 latest episodes and follow us to hear more here .   GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS ESOPs Have Opportunity to Shape DOD Pilot Program on Sole Source Follow-On Contracts, April 12, 2022, Kevin Barnett In late 2021, the  National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022  (FY 2022 NDAA) included a first-of-its-kind provision that authorized a pilot . . . Read More