Government Contracts

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.

Jon Williams will present at the SYNNEX Diversity Alliance Program

May 22, 2018

Jon Williams, a partner in our Government Contracts Group, will be the featured presenter at the SYNNEX Corporation Diversity Alliance Partner event in Memphis, TN on May 21-22. Jon will be presenting two topics, everything contractors need to know about protests and corporate compliance strategies.

About the Diversity Alliance Program: SYNNEX is committed to providing programs and services to help the small-business reseller succeed in this industry. SYNNEX’ Diversity Alliance Program is a community for our diversity partners, system integrators, and vendors that allows each of them to provide technology products for the government while fulfilling government targeted set-aside goals.

PilieroMazza is a Proud Sponsor of the NCAIED Reservation Economic Summit on March 5-8, 2018

March 5, 2018

Join PilieroMazza as we support the
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
at the RES Annual Conference in Las Vegas on March 5-8, 2018

The Reservation Economic Summit (RES) events are an integral part of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s ongoing commitment to the Native American Business Community. The RES events provide unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEO’s on both a regional and national platform. [more conference info]

At the conference, plan to attend the following sessions where PilieroMazza will be participating:

Key Employment and Labor Issues Affecting Tribal Entities

As tribal entities, ANCs and NHOs continue to grow and enter into contracts and subcontracts; it is critical they understand the common concerns that affect all businesses. This session will explore labor and employment issues important to tribal corporations, ANCs and NHOs, including the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, the session will address the scope of 8(a) companies’ waiver of tribal sovereign immunity and the effect of indemnity provisions on sovereign immunity.
Monday, March 5, 2018 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Nichole Atallah - Partner, Labor & Employment Group, will be one of the presenters.

Contracting and Procurement

This session will provide an introduction to government contracting, describing prime and subcontracting assistance programs, Small Business Administration (SBA) certification programs, as well as the Set-Aside programs (aka: the WOSB, SDVOSB, HUBZone and 8(a) programs). Also outlined and discussed will be the different vehicles used by the federal government to purchase goods and services and a list of resources available to small businesses.
Monday, March 5, 2018 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
John Shoraka, Managing Director, Advisory Services Group, will be one of the presenters.


Contracting and Procurement - Financing Options for Government Contractors

Innovation and growth comes with a cost. Whether you’ve been awarded a major contract or decided to grow your firm through acquisition, you need financing to make this happen. Explore the range of financing solutions, specifically how refinancing existing debt, acquisition financing, contract mobilization financing and lines of credit can help contractors achieve new levels of growth. Consider comparison of products of the U.S. Small Business Administration and FinTech debt and factoring alternatives. Learn from case studies of contractors who have selected and utilized financing approaches that have moved them forward with success.
Monday, March 5, 2018 from 3:15 - 4:45 pm
Jon Williams - Partner, Government Contracts, and John Shoraka, Managing Director, Advisory Services Group, will be the presenters.

Technology - Being Tech Savvy: Mitigate Risk of Insider and Cyber Threats

The impact of a cyber-attack on your business, can affect your brand, customer trust, and company moral. Cyber security goes beyond the realm of IT, and requires full attention and engagement across the business. Use technology to know your insider threats, join senior cyber security experts to hear the latest cyber security strategies and best practices that any tribe, tribally owned company, ANC or business should be implementing to help mitigate risk and avoid an attack.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 3:45 - 5:15 pm
Jon Williams - Partner, Government Contracts, will be the moderator.

Mentor-Protégé Relationships - Value Propositions to Mentors and Protégés

Mentors serve valuable roles for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses learning to navigate markets, build strong business relationships, develop strategies to capture new work, and become great partners and capable competitors. To foster these types of relationships in federal procurement, federal agencies, including the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense, authorize Mentor-Protégé Programs. The SBA recently implemented new regulations broadening its program to include all small businesses. Attend this session to learn more about these Mentor-Protégé programs, how they differ, and how they can be utilized by major contractors and their protégés.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 10:15-11:15 am
John Shoraka, Managing Director, Advisory Services Group, will be the moderator.
Megan Connor - Partner, Government Contracts, will be a panelist.

PilieroMazza presented a webinar for the American Council of Engineering Companies

January 22, 2018
Jon Williams and Kimi Murakami presented an online webinar on "Are You Ready to Comply with the New DFARS Cyber Rule?"
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