Jon Williams, a partner in PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group, was a featured guest on Federal News Network’s “Off the Shelf” podcast, “Small Business Contracting: A Year In Review,” which provided an update on key concerns for contractors related to small business policy, as well as regulatory and legal trends shaping the federal market. Please visit this link to access the podcast.

Topics include the impact and federal response to the Ultima decision, the GAO-Court of Federal Claims bid protest split on the evaluation of mentor-protégé past performance, SBA changes to the non-manufacturer rule, FAR proposed rules on size and status recertification on multiple award contracts, and the DOD and SBA guidance on joint venture facility security clearances. The discussion also covered cybersecurity and what small businesses should focus on for compliance success and provided insights and analysis to assist small businesses in better understanding the rules of the road.

About Jon Williams

Jon is an experienced legal advisor to government contractors on a wide range of federal, state, and local procurement matters. His practice focuses on helping firms with a diverse array of Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance issues, including extensive counseling on federal procurement programs for small businesses. As some examples, Jon assists contractors in applying for and maintaining compliance in SBA’s 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, and SDVOSB programs; understanding and navigating SBA’s nonmanufacturer rule; small business subcontracting plans; Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act compliance; Inspector General and other agency investigations; and suspension and debarment proceedings.

Jon’s practice also frequently involves handling procurement-related disputes. He represents contractors in size and status protests and appeals before SBA and SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, as well as filing and defending bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, and state/local procurement agencies. Jon also counsels contractors on cure notice responses, contract terminations, adverse CPARS ratings, requests for equitable adjustment, and claims. Additionally, he regularly helps contractors to establish and defend teaming, subcontracting, joint venture, and mentor-protégé relationships.

As a member of PilieroMazza’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy team, Jon works with federal contractors—particularly those who contract with the Department of Defense—on managing cybersecurity and establishing compliant and effective safeguards. In this area, he provides guidance on cybersecurity requirements applicable to federal contractors and assists clients in implementing appropriate internal standards and in responding to cyber incidents.

Jon can be reached at [email protected].

About PilieroMazza

PilieroMazza is the go-to law firm for companies doing business with the federal government. The Firm’s Government Contracts Group assists clients with all aspects of federal procurement. Our attorneys advise government contractors in forming strategic relationships, including joint ventures, mentor-protégé agreements, and teaming and subcontract agreements. We also regularly defend and file bid protests in all protest forums.

With our in-depth knowledge of programs for small businesses, PilieroMazza helps contractors navigate these programs and defend or challenge eligibility through SBA protests and appeals. Additionally, we handle a wide variety of federal regulatory compliance and government investigation matters, as well as contract claims, REAs, and appeals.

PilieroMazza attorneys place a premium on personalized client service and a collaborative approach with our colleagues in Business & Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Labor & Employment, and Litigation & Dispute Resolution to deliver holistic and effective solutions.

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