Welcome to a special edition of the Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in government contracting, as well as a plain-English explanation of how these developments may affect state & local contractors. In this special edition we’ll discuss significant changes recently rolled out by the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding federal small business procurement regulations. Government contractors should keep in mind that state & local agencies often look toward changes in federal regulations as a guideline.
Edward T. DeLisle is Co-Chair of the Federal Contracting Group at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of federal contracting, construction law, construction litigation and small business procurement and litigation. He has drafted and negotiated construction contracts, teaming agreements and joint venture agreements for subcontractors, contractors, developers and owners. Ed also actively monitors the progress of his client's construction projects in order to safeguard those rights and remedies to which they are entitled.
The long-awaited Final Rule addressing changes to the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé program is being published in the Federal Register today. The Mentor-Protégé program that was limited to 8(a) Small Business Concerns has now been expanded and, effective August 24, 2016, will be available to Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, HUBZones Small Businesses, and Women-Owned Small Businesses, as well as non-disadvantaged Small Business Concerns. The program is “designed to enhance the capabilities of protégé firms by requiring approved mentors to provide business development assistance to protégé firms and to improve the protégé firms’ ability to successfully compete for federal contracts.”
Welcome to the fourth edition of Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in government contracting, as well as a plain-English explanation of how those developments may affect contractors at all levels of government. Contractors should keep in mind that state and local agencies often look to changes in federal regulations as a guide for future changes at their respective levels. Changes recently made in the federal arena are likely to trickle down to state and local governments. Continue Reading Legal Landscape: SBA Expands the WOSB/EDWOSB Contract Program, Importance of the Economic Loss Rule and Self-Reporting Requirement Changes
After you’ve secured your Federal government contract award, what comes next? As any Federal contractor will tell you, the contract award is only the beginning. The FAR and its supplementary regulations impose a host of obligations on contractors, and can impact the ways in which a contractor performs a contract. These rules and regulations also dictate the ways in which those contractors can seek compensation for unanticipated costs incurred on the job. In this webinar, Ed and Maria will explore Requests for Equitable Adjustment, Claims, and the differences between the two. As they walk you through the Contract Disputes Act process, you will also learn how to maximize your chance of success when making claims against the Federal government.
You can listen to their webinar here.
The conference is a two day event held on February 9th and 10th and will focus on federal and legal updates and how to navigate the ever-changing world of federal contracting. The nation’s top legal firms and the industry’s best consultants will be there to help 8(a) certified and non-8(a) certified businesses gain the valuable education, promotion, and federal contracting information they need to further advance their level of experience and achieve a higher degree of success.
For more information, and to register for the National 8(a) Association Winter Conference, please click here.
Edward T. DeLisle is Co-Chair of the Federal Contracting Practice Group. Ed frequently advises contractors on federal contracting matters including bid protests, claims and appeals, procurement issues, small business issues and dispute resolution.
This article was originally published by Law360 on December 16, 2015.
In the past year, the Small Business Administration has issued proposed rules that will likely result in major regulatory changes. Some of the most important changes are those relating to its mentor-protege program, and the performance of work requirements for prime contractors. The proposed rules affecting these areas have the potential to substantially alter the landscape of small business contracting in 2016.
Welcome to the third edition of Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in government contracting, as well as a plain-English explanation of how those developments may affect contractors at all levels of government. In this issue, we discuss recent trends in federal, state and local government contracting. Contractors should keep in mind that state and local agencies often look to changes in federal regulations as a guide for future changes at their respective levels. Changes recently made in the federal arena are likely to trickle down to state and local governments soon.
Continue Reading Legal Landscape: Top News in the Mentor-Protégé Program, Bond Claims & DBE Fraud
It’s been an eventful November for the Federal Government’s VOSB/SDVOSB programs. First, the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) issued a proposed rule outlining changes that would drastically change the manner in which eligibility requirements are analyzed (you can read about it here). Now, Congress is proposing additional changes to the VOSB and SDVOSB verification process. Continue Reading Additional Changes Concerning VOSB/SDVOSB Verification?
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to amend the Department of Transportation’s (“DOT”) definition of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) to include Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (“VOSBs”). This was accomplished by passing the “Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015” (the “Bill”). As the Bill states, its purpose is to improve contracting opportunities for veteran-owned small business concerns, and that is just what will happen if the Bill is signed into law. Continue Reading Big News for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
Listen up, VOSBs and SDVOSBs! Major changes are in store for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VOSB/SDVOSB program.
On November 6, 2015, the VA issued a proposed rule, which could drastically change the way the two eligibility requirements for VOSBs and SDVOSBs are interpreted. The VA explained the changes as follows: Continue Reading VA Proposes Changes to VOSB/SDVOSB Regulations, Aims for Consistency with COFC Ruling in Cohen Seglias’ Miles Construction Case