COFC Confirms Rule of Two Analysis Applies Before Agency Decides to Utilize a Multiple-Award Vehicle

On November 30, 2020, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) issued a decision that supported the Small Business Administration’s position regarding the Rule of Two analysis requirements for government acquisitions. [1] The central question surrounding the case was whether the U.S. Army could cancel a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 8 service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) set-aside procurement under the General Services Administration’s Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) and move the requirement to a multiple-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (MAIDIQ) contract vehicle that . . . Read More

BLOG: CMMC Heads to the STARS: Important Cybersecurity Provisions in GSA’s 8(a) STARS III RFP

One of the hottest topics for government contractors is the General Services Administration’s (GSA) recent release of the updated 8(a) STARS III request for proposal (RFP). With proposals due by August 19, 2020, many contractors are knee deep in preparing responses to this critical multiple-award RFP. The RFP includes provisions to address the Department of Defense’s (DOD) upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). CMMC has not even gotten off the ground yet for DOD, but is included in the 8(a) . . . Read More

BLOG: New DOL Rule Frees TRICARE Providers from OFCCP Audits and Enforcement

On July 2, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule , which clarifies that its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) lacks authority over certain medical providers who contract with TRICARE. While there has been a moratorium on OFCCP enforcement for TRICARE providers since 2014, the potential for future OFCCP audits and related litigation loomed large. This rule relieves healthcare providers who solely contract with the federal government through TRICARE from future OFCCP audits and enforcement. OFCCP enforces Executive . . . Read More

BLOG: COVID-19 Is Spiking More Than Just Fevers: 5 Things to Remember with Union Organizing on the Rise

As unemployment rises and companies face new COVID-19 health and safety challenges, many unions are exploring new ways to encourage employees to organize. In this climate of union organizing, it can be important to keep open communications with your workforce. Often, the best way to avoid a union organizing campaign is to listen to employee concerns as they arise and keep a watchful eye on signs that employees might be considering organizing, providing you an opportunity to get out in . . . Read More

BLOG: $4.5 Million False Claims Act Settlement Underscores DOJ’s Focus on Fraud in Small Business Programs

During the webinar on “ The False Claims Act: 2019 Takeaways and 2020 Trends ” earlier this year, Matt Feinberg and Jackie Unger noted that the SBA’s small business programs are fertile ground for False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement and predicted increased enforcement in 2020 and beyond. A recent settlement has shown this to be true and illustrates that the risk of FCA liability can extend to affiliates and business partners of purported small businesses that contract with the federal government. On May 4, 2020, the DOJ issued a press release stating that Northland Associates, . . . Read More

BLOG: New Judicial Order Offers Clarity on Maryland Statutes of Limitations Impacted by COVID-19

Early during the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of state-level court systems, including Maryland’s courts, declared judicial emergencies and issued orders automatically tolling, or postponing, the expiration of statutes of limitations [1] for claims filed within those states. These orders offered plaintiffs a reprieve from the strict filing deadlines. Now, as Maryland begins the process of reopening its court systems to the public, the state’s highest court has issued an order offering clarity as to the new filing deadlines for the expiration of . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – June 23, 2020

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . Juneteenth: A National Day of Reflection, June 19, 2020 The PilieroMazza family paused to reflect and take a collective breath in remembrance of this day in our country’s history. Working with PilieroMazza’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, we are using this time to listen, learn, and engage in discourse, and work to do better as individuals and as a team. We are honored to have an incredible team . . . Read More

BLOG: 5 Steps for Preserving and Preparing Your Miller Act Claim

As the United States economy continues to grapple with the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus pandemic, many contractors are concerned about making and receiving payment for work. The Miller Act provides the process for subcontractors to ensure they are paid for their work on federal construction projects, but they must be familiar with its requirements and deadlines to seek payment. This guide outlines five steps subcontractors and material suppliers should take to ensure they preserve their right to recover payment . . . Read More

BLOG: CARES Act Section 3610 – Part 2: A Rock and A Hard Place

In this second part of our blog series on the CARES Act Section 3610 (visit this link for Part 1), we move on to the conflicting information out there, and the basis of one of the most frequently asked questions we receive: What is the potential conflict between state shelter-in-place orders and federal contract performance requirements?   State shelter-in-place orders come with various enforcement mechanisms, some of which include large fines and even imprisonment. This is true in, for example, California, used . . . Read More

BLOG: CARES Act Section 3610 – Part 1: Confusion and Shifting Sands

As we noted previously , last week Defense Pricing and Contracting issued draft instructions and requirements for contractors submitting funding requests under Section 3610 of the CARES Act. These requirements contain some departures from previous guidance and define several points that previously were left up to a contracting officer’s discretion. In this two-part blog series (visit this link for Part 2), we examine some of the key areas in which the guidance either clarified or, in some cases changed, existing practice. First, . . . Read More