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    PilieroMazza Submits Comments in Response to VA Acquisition Regulation on Competition Requirements

    April 2, 2019
    On April 2, 2019, PilieroMazza submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposed rule issued on February 1, 2019, RIN 2900-AQ21—VA Acquisition Regulation: Competition Requirements.

    Our firm represents small businesses operating across the government contracting spectrum, and many of these companies are SDVOSBs verified to participate in VA’s “Veterans First Contracting Program.” In representing these firms and working with VA, we have received numerous comments from our clients and have become familiar with how VA and the VA Acquisition Regulation implement the “Vets First” mandate under the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006. We believe SDVOSBs and VOSBs, as well as VA contracting officers, will benefit from the clarity this rulemaking provides and the further strengthening of the “Vets First” requirements in the VAAR when conducting procurements. Read our full comments here.

    PilieroMazza is at the NCMA SubCon Training Workshops today

    March 28, 2019

    Cy Alba and Tim Valley are presenting "Federal Subcontracts: Managing Data Rights and Protecting IP" at 1:00 and again at 3:00 this afternoon. 

    Intellectual property (IP) rights under federal procurements are often misunderstood. This session will unpack important IP issues, including what the regulations require, the impacts on prime contractors, and what subcontractors must know to ensure their hard work is protected. Download the Presentation.


    Megan Connor Testified Before the House Small Business Committee

    March 26, 2019
    On March 26, 2019, Megan Connor, a partner in PilieroMazza's Government Contracts Group, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Subcommittee Contracting and Infrastructure at a hearing titled "Cleared for Take-off? Implementation of the Small Business Runway Extension Act" on March 26, 2019

    Ms. Connor stated: "We represent government contractors of all sizes and in a variety of industries. Many of our clients, though, are small businesses directly impacted by the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 (“Runway Extension Act”). 

    Our firm supports the Runway Extension Act and, specifically, changing how small businesses calculate their receipts from a three-year basis to a five-year basis. However, we believe that, in implementing this change, there are three issues that need to be addressed in order to avoid negative impacts on small businesses. First, small businesses deserve clarity as to the effective date of the change from three years to five years. Second, we strongly recommend a transition period during which firms that are small under a three-year calculation, but not small under a five-year calculation, are able to adjust to the marketplace. Third, the System for Award Management database must be updated to account for this change."

    Click here to read Ms. Connor's written testimony.  The hearing may be viewed here.

    Introducing PilieroMazza's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice

    March 15, 2019
    Cybersecurity and data privacy have been increasing focal points for Congress, federal agencies, and contractors in recent years. We have been tracking these developments closely and expect these trends will only intensify in the coming years. Cybersecurity awareness and preparedness are critical for federal contractors, not just as a matter of compliance, but also to gain (or avoid losing) a competitive advantage. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is moving forward with cybersecurity as the fourth pillar of its acquisition decision-making, and civilian agencies are increasingly following DoD’s lead by including cybersecurity as an evaluation factor in solicitations and contract awards. The General Services Administration (GSA), for one, has new cybersecurity rules in the works and will make more regular use of cybersecurity in its source selection decisions this year.
    The integral and growing role that cybersecurity and data privacy requirements play for federal contractors led us to form our new Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice, which we are proud to launch this year. PilieroMazza’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice pulls together lawyers from across all of our practice groups to advise and assist clients with a comprehensive approach to managing cybersecurity, information privacy, and data protection risks; establishing compliant and effective safeguards; and responding to cybersecurity and privacy incidents when they do occur. 
    This practice provides a broad range of services to federal contractors and commercial firms, including analysis of cybersecurity compliance under the NIST Framework; review and development of information security programs, including preparation of employee and personnel related handbooks and training; data breach incident response policies and procedures, tabletop exercises, and management training; assistance with breach response management, including governmental and customer notifications, governmental investigations, and audits; breach litigation strategy and defense, including class action and shareholder derivative suit defense; cybersecurity diligence and negotiation in mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions; review and development of contract templates and federal contract “flow down” provisions to address cybersecurity requirements applicable to vendors; preparation and submission of variance requests, requests for equitable adjustment, and contract claims to procuring agencies related to cybersecurity requirements in federal contracts, and much more. Click here to learn more about our new Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice.
    We are also rolled out a new Cybersecurity Compliance Check-Up. The Check-Up is a unique flat-rate offering for federal contractors designed to provide a quick assessment of the federal cybersecurity requirements applicable to your company, your current level of compliance, and steps to take to fill any gaps in your current cybersecurity practices. Click here to learn more about the Check-Up. 
    Finally, we will be hosting "Gaining a Competitive Advantage Through Cyber, Data, & Personnel Security" live event on June 5, 2019 in in the Washington, DC area. Click here for more details.

    Jon Williams to present at SYNNEX Diversity Alliance Program

    February 26, 2019

    Jon Williams, partner in our Government Contracts and Small Business practice groups, will be the featured speaker at the SYNNEX Corporation’s Diversity Partner event in Charleston, SC on February 27, 2019. He will be providing an update on the Federal Small Business Programs discussing recent legislative and regulatory changes impacting government contractors.
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