Jon Williams presented on Category Management

September 13, 2018
Jon Williams presented a webinar on Category Management for JSchaus & Associates on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. You can view the 25 minute webinar here.

Jon Williams was quoted by Bloomberg Government Federal Contracts Report in their recent article "Acetris Wins Buy American Dispute With VA, but Not Drug Contract."

July 24, 2018
Jon Williams was recently quoted by Bloomberg Government Federal Contracts Report in their article “Acetris Wins Buy American Dispute With VA, but Not Drug Contract.” When asked about the ruling which no longer allows the VA to rely on Customs and Border Protection determinations for deciding whether a contractor is offering a product manufactured in the U.S. or a foreign country, Jon told Bloomberg Government, “the court concluded that procuring agencies and officials must ‘independently ascertain’ whether an offered product is manufactured in the U.S. The injunctions apply only to future VA procurements, so it will be interesting to see whether other federal agencies change their approach to CBP’s determinations about foreign made products.”

Jon went on to say, “It will also be interesting to see if VA appeals or if there is any Congressional or regulatory response to amend the applicable statutes and rules. This ruling could create inefficiency in requiring federal agencies to do their own analysis to determine if a product is ‘U.S.-made’ and potentially contradict a similar analysis done by CBP, which is better-positioned to do that analysis.” (Federal Contracts Report, 109 FCR 218, 7/24/18)
 
 

Jon Williams Interviewed by Veterans N Transition on Partnering & Teaming

June 19, 2018
Jon Williams was recently interviewed by Veterans N Transision at the Veterans in Business Conference. In this video, Jon was asked about choosing the right teaming partner and how to protect your company and your teaming agreements. He also got the chance to talk about PilieroMazza's commitment to the Veteran Community.

Megan Connor was recently quoted in Bloomberg Government Federal Contracts Report article, "GAO to Pentagon: Not So Fast With Your Cloud Services Award."

June 19, 2018
Megan Connor was recently quoted in Bloomberg Government Federal Contracts Report in an article discussing GAO’s decision that DOD overstepped its other transaction authority in making a $950 million award to REAN Cloud LLC, based on a protest filed by Oracle Corp. Ms. Connor stated that GAO "simply applied the plain language of the other transaction authority statute to find the Army did not comply." Further she stated, "[f]rankly, I'm surprised the Army didn't take corrective action to avoid a published decision—particularly given the blowback DOD received when the initial award amount of $950 million was made public." When asked about the import of GAO’s decision, Ms. Connor stated that the decision is "significant if for no other reason than that the use of other transaction authority has increased dramatically in the last five years and any decision by GAO on its use is notable."

PilieroMazza Works With the House Small Business Subcommittee to Examine VA Compliance with Vets First

June 12, 2018
On June 7, 2018, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations (“Subcommittee”) held a hearing to examine the resources of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) for veteran-owned small businesses (“VOSB”), specifically the Veterans First Contracting Program (“Vets First”). The Subcommittee invited testimony from the National Veteran Small Business Coalition, the American Legion, and two service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (“SDVOSB”). 

At the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Trent Kelly said that despite VA’s authority to assist veterans through the Vets First program, “VA has continued to impede its own authority and work against the intentions of Congress by creating internal regulations and policies that make it harder to award contracts to veteran-owned small businesses.”  The statements of the Subcommittee members and the testifying witnesses confirmed the issues plaguing SDVOSBs and VOSBs that do business with VA through the Vets First program due to the significant efforts of VA to minimize and avoid using the Vets First program.  PilieroMazza attorneys Jon Williams and Julia Di Vito, along with the Coalition to Defend Vets First, helped to get this hearing scheduled by the Subcommittee and attended the hearing along with a PilieroMazza client who testified about this important issue. 

This hearing was a substantial first step in advancing SDVOSB, VOSB, and small business issues that PilieroMazza has been working to get VA and Congress to address.  For more information about this hearing, click here.
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