Federal Government Contracts: How to Navigate in the New Administration – Seminar/Webinar – Nov. 16, 2017

With every new administration, there is both great uncertainty and opportunity in federal government contracting. To help you navigate the rough seas of doing business with the federal government in this new administration, we have assembled nationally recognized practitioners who will cover topics relevant to government contractors large and small, novice and seasoned. View Full Post
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Update: Fox Speaks On the SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (8/24)

A short reminder to join me on Thursday, August 24, 2017 for lunch (11:30 am to 1:30 pm) and learn about the Small Business Administration’s All Small Mentor Protégé Program. The event is sponsored by Design-Build Institute of America Mid-Atlantic and will be held at Maggiano’s in Tysons Corner. View Full Post
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Department of Labor Increases Health and Welfare Fringe Benefit Rates for Contracts Covered by the Services Contract Act

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division, issued a memorandum increasing the health and welfare fringe benefits rate for contracts covered by the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA). The SCA requires contractors and subcontractors performing work on federally funded prime contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits required by the locality in which the contract is being performed or the rates and benefits included in a contractor’s collective bargaining agreement.  View Full Post
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OFCCP Announces “Compliance Assistance” Town Hall Meetings

On August 16, 2017, OFCCP announced that, as part of its efforts to provide compliance assistance to federal contractors, it will be holding three town hall meetings. The meetings will be open to the public and held in Washington D.C., San Francisco, CA, and Chicago, IL. View Full Post
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DoD’s Efforts to Secure Information On Contractor Systems Continues, but All Companies Are at Risk and Should Take Steps Now to Protect Themselves

As recent malware, ransomware and distributed denial of service attacks have made clear, the cyber threats posed to governments and commercial entities are real and growing. Critical infrastructure such as power plants, airports and communication systems are vulnerable to attacks on the cyber battlefield, as are banks, manufacturers, and law firms, among other commercial entities.  View Full Post
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New Law Extends U.S. Sanctions Against Russia

Over the past month, we have closely monitored efforts by the U.S. Congress to tie the president’s hands over sanctions on Russia.  Today, the president signed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA or the Act), which will have a significant impact on numerous U.S. View Full Post
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House Bill Seeks LPTA Reform; Focus On Best Value Procurements

For government contractors frustrated by Federal agencies’ use of Lowest-Price Technically-Acceptable solicitations on complex services contracts – help may be on the way. As I’ve discussed before, LPTA procurements can have a chilling effect on contractors that are able to provide increased technical benefits to the government – but at an increased priceView Full Post
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Government Contracting 101: GAO Requests for Reconsideration

Government contractors usually find themselves appearing before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on a bid protest for one of two reasons:  (1) you believe that the government erroneously did not award a contract to your business or (2) your business holds a contract award that is challenged by a disappointed offeror.  View Full Post
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