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OHA Confirms Competitors Cannot Protest 8(a) Sole Source Awards

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

VA Obtains $685 Million for Construction and Renovation Projects

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

Feds Charge Alleged Sham Small Businesses Owners

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

OHA Clarifies Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

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

SBA Issues New Proposed Rule to Consolidate SDVOSB Eligibility Rules

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

COFC Ruling Confirms Harsh SBA Decision Regarding Ownership Requirements of SDVOSBs

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

Ostensible Subcontractor Rule Does Not Apply to Similar Entities

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

Failing to Respond to Negative CPARS May Affect Future Contracts

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

Trump Taps Linda McMahon to Lead SBA

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

Final FAR Rule Proposed for Small Business Set-Asides on Multiple Award Contracts

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

Substantial Transformation of IT Products Under the TAA Requires Careful Consideration

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

SBA Adds Training Module to Mentor-Protégé Applications

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

SBA to Start Accepting Mentor-Protégé Applications

On Oct.1, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. This program has been several years in the making and follows authorizations in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, which allowed the SBA to create mentor-protégé… Continue Reading

Law360’s Trial Pros Profiles DWT’s Lisa Marchese

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

PNDC Government Contracting Updates with Jonathan DeMella

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
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