Government Contracts

Jon Williams to present at the NCMA GCMS on Cybersecurity in Federal Procurements

December 3, 2018
 



Join Jon Williams on Monday, December 3, 2018, at the NCMA Government Contract Management Symposium



“Ahead of the Curve: Cybersecurity and the Competitive Edge in Federal Procurements”


Government contractors handling controlled unclassified information for DoD are expected to comply with new cybersecurity standards set forth in NIST SP 800-171. Learn about the new requirements and how getting ahead on cyber compliance can give you a competitive advantage for federal procurements.

Date:        December 3, 2018
Time:       1:30 - 2:45 PM
Session:  B07
Room:      Potomac V/VI
Place:       Hyatt Regency Crystal City

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Heading to the SAME Small Business Conference in New Orleans?

November 1, 2018
   

Join Tony Franco and Megan Connor at the SEBAC Speaker Session at the SAME Small Business Conference on November 1, 2018.

 

“Update on Legal Developments for Small Business Contractors”


This year, Congress and federal agencies have made tweaks to some of the laws and regulations affecting government contractors, including use of LPTA procurements, cybersecurity, and the definitions of commercial services and commercial products. This session will provide an update on those changes and how they may impact your business. There have also been some interesting rulings by the GAO, Court of Federal Claims, and SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals. Highlights include GAO’s OTA decision as well as OHA’s new authority regarding CVE appeals and eligibility protests. For small businesses, there have been developments in the HUBZone Program, ownership and control requirements for SDVOSB companies, limitations on subcontracting rules, size standards, and the receipts size calculation, all of which this session will cover.

Date:     November 1, 2018
Time:     8:00 a.m.
Place:    Marriott Downtown New Orleans at the Convention Center* - Fulton Meeting Room
*The Marriott Downtown New Orleans is directly across from the New Orleans Convention Center, the venue for the SAME 2018 Small Business Conference.

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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)
 
 

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."
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