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.

Twelve PilieroMazza Attorneys Named to the 2018 Super Lawyers List

April 23, 2018

Pamela Mazza
, Tony Franco and Jon Williams have been selected to the 2018 D.C. Super Lawyers list for Government Contracts. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.

Additionally,  the following attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Rising Stars List in their listed areas. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.
Isaias "Cy" Alba Government Contracts Washington, D.C.
Megan Connor Government Contracts Washington, D.C.
Nichole Atallah Employment & Labor Washington, D.C.
Peter Ford Government Contracts Colorado
Matthew Feinberg Litigation Washington, D.C.
Michelle Litteken Government Contracts Washington, D.C.
Julia Di Vito Government Contracts Washington, D.C.
Sarah Nash Employment & Labor Washington, D.C.
Sam Finnerty Government Contracts Washington, D.C.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city
and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

PilieroMazza Receives JD Supra Readers Choice Award

April 2, 2018

Our attorneys have been recognized in JD Supra’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards as the top firm for Government Contracting content!

Each year JD Supra acknowledges and celebrate firms that lead the way with top visibility and engagement in their 26 award categories.  


You can find our attorney's articles on the PM Legal Minute Blog and all of our other publications on the Resources page of this website.

Successful Defense of a Size Appeal Before SBA's OHA

February 2, 2018
Size Appeal of Chenega Support Services, LLC, SBA No. SIZ-5874 (2017)

PilieroMazza successfully defended a size appeal before the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”), allowing the awardee to maintain an important contract award. The Air Force awarded the contract in December 2016. No size protests were filed, but two competitors filed bid protests with GAO. In response to the bid protests, the Air Force took corrective action but did not terminate the contract. In October 2017, the Air Force completed its corrective action and confirmed the original contract award. A competitor subsequently filed a size protest against the awardee. SBA dismissed the size protest as untimely, concluding that because the original contract award was not terminated, and no size protest was filed within five days after the original notice of award, it was too late for the protester to file a size protest after the conclusion of corrective action approximately 10 months later. The protester appealed, but OHA agreed with SBA finding that it was too late to file a size protest because the contract was not terminated during the corrective action. Click here to read the decision.
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