In a decision issued on April 3, 2018, the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) confirmed competitors do not have standing to file size protests relating to 8(a) sole source awards. In Size Appeal of GovSmart, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5894, 2018, OHA stated such protests may only be filed by contracting officers or the… Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has set aside $685 million in congressional funding for several State Veterans Home construction projects.
The projects will be funded through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program and will be used for repairs, renovation, or new construction. This is the largest appropriation to the grant program in… Continue Reading
On April 3, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted two Wisconsin residents and a construction business of fraud and other charges accusing them of wrongfully obtaining $200 million in contracts set aside for small businesses by misrepresenting the companies’ ownership status.
Brian Ganos and Mark Spindler are accused of falsely certifying businesses owned and controlled… Continue Reading
The SBA issued a final rule on March 26, 2018, implementing changes flowing from the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (“NDAA 2018”). The rule takes effect on May 25, 2018. One of the major changes relates to the ownership requirements for HUBZone businesses and amends the HUBZone regulations to allow indirect ownership by United… Continue Reading
At the end of last year, the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) issued a decision that further clarified the “ostensible subcontractor” rule. This rule may result in affiliation when a small prime contractor is unduly reliant on its subcontractor.
In Emergent, Inc. v. Kapsuun Group, LLC, SBA No. SIZ-5875 (Dec. 19,… Continue Reading
On January 29, 2018, the SBA issued a proposed rule to address and resolve the existing conflicts between the current eligibility requirements in the SBA and VA regulations. This action comes after specific direction in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act for the SBA and VA to work together on a consolidated rule. Following this… Continue Reading
In late December, the Court of Federal Claims upheld an SBA decision revoking a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business’ (“SDVOSB”) status on the basis the business failed in the unconditional ownership requirement set forth in the SBA’s SDVOSB regulations. In Veterans Contracting Group, Inc. v. United Sates, No. 17-1188C, the SDVOSB was determined not… Continue Reading
A recent bid protest decision confirmed that the ostensible subcontractor rule cannot apply to similarly situated entities. The rule can result in a finding of affiliation if a small business prime contractor is determined to be unusually reliant on its subcontractor. However, on October 20, 2017, the GAO denied a protest that was partially based… Continue Reading
When the performance of a federal contract runs into trouble, the contractor may face a variety of issues including threats of default, delays and acceleration, cost overruns, etc. During this time, worrying about the government’s evaluation of its performance is often not the contractor’s main focus. However, ensuring that the contractor responds timely and addresses… Continue Reading
On December 7, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced he will nominate former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon as the head of the Small Business Administration. McMahon, 68, is the former CEO of the WWE, who also unsuccessfully ran for Senate in 2010.
Trump’s announcement stated that McMahon will assist his administration with generating stronger job … Continue Reading
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published a proposed rule aimed at finalizing regulations for small business set aside contracts in multiple award procurements. The new rule allows more flexibility to set aside contracts for small businesses in multiple award procurements.
The proposed rule provides additional guidance to contracting officials on… Continue Reading
The Trade Agreement Act (“TAA”) utilizes a “substantial transformation” test in determining the country of origin of an end product composed of various parts from various countries. Substantial transformation is assessed and determined on a case-by-case basis, examining the totality of the circumstances. Therefore, no one factor is determinative. TAA as well as “Buy American”… Continue Reading
This past Tuesday, Margaret Cho, an Officer of Far East Construction Company, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud. Ms. Cho also agreed to pay a forfeiture in the amount of $169,166 and a criminal fine in the amount of $35,000.
Ms. Cho had allowed a large business to use her company as a… Continue Reading
Small and large businesses seeking to take advantage of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program will now have to jump through an extra hurdle as part of the application process.
The SBA began accepting applications for the new program on Oct.1, 2016. The program allows any qualifying small business to partner … Continue Reading
The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals recently denied a contractor’s application for attorney fees and expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act
Although denial of a petition for attorney fees under EAJA is not necessarily remarkable, this case serves as a stark reminder that a contractor may not qualify as a “prevailing party”… Continue Reading
This week, Law360 profiles our very own Lisa Marchese, a partner in our Government Contracts Counseling and Litigation Group.
Lisa joined Davis Wright Tremaine in January, 2015, having spent the previous seven years as the Trial Department Head for the Seattle and Anchorage offices of Dorsey & Whitney. Since earning her J.D. from Georgetown… Continue Reading
On Wednesday, February 11, 2016, DWT Partner Jonathan DeMella presented on a number of recent regulatory changes and judicial decisions that significantly affect those that are small business government contractors as well as large business in joint ventures or teaming agreements with a small businesses.
These changes and developments involve:
Small Business Mentor Protégé Program… Continue Reading