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Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses - June 14, 2019If you have any questions concerning the content below, please visit this link.
announced that Richard Moore, the owner of Carolina Sodding Services, LLC, and Carolina Enterprises of the Lowcountry, LLC, agreed to pay $1.6 million to resolve allegations that he and his companies violated the False Claims Act by submitting false invoices for materials that were never provided and false certifications that his companies were women-owned businesses.
DOJ FCA investigations – According to Bloomberg Government, a federal district court in Indiana granted a petition for summary enforcement of a civil investigative demand (CID) issued by the DOJ because it sought testimony relevant to its FCA investigation, offering “rare clues” as to the appropriate scope of CIDs under the DOJ’s expansive CID authority.
Federal Bureau of Investigation – According to Law360, a federal district court ruled that a group of women accusing the FBI of allowing rampant bias in its agent-training program cannot press their proposed class action anonymously because their privacy does not outweigh the public's interest in the suit.
WEBINAR: Employing Federal Contractors: An Overview of Labor and Employment Requirement for Government Contractors, June 19, 2019, Speaker, Sarah Nash. [More Info].
EVENT: Size and Status (Re)Certifications: Tripwires for Small Businesses, June 18-19, 2019, Speakers, Tony Franco and Peter Ford. [More Info].
EVENT: WOSB Program Training, 2019 Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Business Leadership Conference, June 24, 2019, Speaker, Megan Connor. [More Info].
What Will Happen to the DoD's Mentor-Protégé Program? June 11, 2019, Emily J. Rouleau
As many of our clients know, there are several mentor-protégé programs run either by the SBA or specific agencies that are intended to help small businesses develop and enhance their ability to serve as a prime contractor or subcontractor in federal contracts. For example, the SBA has the 8(a) mentor-protégé program and the all-small mentor-protégé program, and it also approves agency mentor-protégé programs, such as the Department of Homeland Security's program, which is designed to help small businesses obtain and perform subcontracts under agency prime contracts. [Read More].
Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses - June 7, 2019If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link.
held that Title VII’s requirement that workers give the EEOC or a state enforcer a chance to resolve their claims before bringing them in court was not "jurisdictional.”
Department of Labor – The DOL announced that it debarred Pro-Fit Development Inc.—a development, construction, and roofing contractor based in Tampa, Florida—after an investigation found the employer violated requirements of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). Debarment prohibits the employer from bidding on federally funded construction projects for three years.
DOL Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs – According to Bloomberg Government, Craig Leen—the head of OFCCP—wants to be briefed by lawyers before they file legal complaints against federal contractors stemming from OFCCP audits. Bloomberg Government reported that Leen and Labor Solicitor Kate O’Scannlain—who oversees the DOL’s primary office of attorneys—signed a memo in March that also instructs lawyers to consult with OFCCP before filing material motions and briefs in those cases in order to confirm the briefs accurately present the facts and to confer on any policy decisions.
OFCCP also released its first opinion letter, finding that colleges and universities do not qualify as federal contractors solely because they participate in the federal Pell Grant program. The opinion letter, dated May 23, comes months after Director Craig Leen indicated that the agency would start borrowing the practice of issuing opinion letters from the DOL's Wage and Hour Division.
WEBINAR: Employing Federal Contractors: An Overview of Labor and Employment Requirement for Government Contractors, June 19, 2019, Speaker, Sarah Nash. [Register].
EVENT: WOSB Program Training, 2019 Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Business Leadership Conference, June 24, 2019, Speaker, Megan Connor. [Register].
announced the appointment of two new senior executives: George Koklanaris is now serving as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Development Centers, and Stefanie Baker Wehagen as the National Ombudsman for the Office of the National Ombudsman.