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  1. GSA Alerts GSA Issues Temporary Waiver of Certain MAS Solicitation Requirements to Support Schedule Holders Through Pandemic Share: Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin
  2. Lately, I’ve been enjoying attending my daughter’s soccer games on the weekend. It’s nice getting out into the fresh air. Hope you are able to enjoy some fresh air this weekend as well. But before you do, check out the latest updates in government contracting. This week saw some important updates in the federal contracting world. These included new details about the GSA administrator, a potential increased emphasis on evaluation of past performance, and DOD’s innovation ecosystem. DISA director favors outsourcing IT services to contractors [C4ISRNET] Questions for the GSA admini
  3. An agency’s past performance evaluation may consider whether the prime contractor and a proposed subcontractor have worked together previously–even if the solicitation is silent about such consideration. In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO held that there was nothing improper about an agency’s determination that the awardee’s prior working history with its subcontractor decreased performance risk. The GAO’s decision in VxL Enterprises, Inc., B-419467.2 (Mar. 8, 2021) involved a DHS solicitation for armed protective security officer services throughout Oklahoma. The solicitat
  4. Eligibility to bid for construction contracts in the 8(a) program can be a maze to navigate for small businesses. The lifeblood for these companies is identifying and becoming eligible to bid for these prized solicitations. As a new 8(a) entity, or one looking to branch out, you may be wondering how to establish a bona fide place of business. In order to qualify for construction contracts in the 8(a) program, offerors are required to have a bona fide place of business (or BFPOB) within the established geographic area. This post will walk you through when and how to request a determination
  5. SBA guidance on Certify.SBA.Gov suggests that an 8(a) Program applicant’s social disadvantage narrative should be “three pages or less.” While we are definitely in the habit of recommending small business contractors to follow SBA’s guidance most of the time, we simply cannot climb aboard the “three-page” ship. In fact, we have significant concerns that submitting a one to three page narrative could potential “sink” your 8(a) application (at a minimum, requiring you to make extensive and time-consuming revisions later on). For those of you unfamiliar, any applicant for SBA’s 8(a) Busin
  6. For small and large businesses alike, joint venturing and prime/subcontractor teaming on federal contracts can bring powerful benefits. But the rules governing teaming and JVs can be complex, and in focusing on compliance, sometimes best practices can get lost in the shuffle. On April 20 through 22, please join me and Nicole Pottroff for a special, three-part course on joint ventures and prime/subcontractor teaming, hosted by Govology. We’ll cover the key compliance rules in plain English, dispel common myths, and discuss best practices to help your teaming documents go beyond bare-bones
  7. As I drove into work today, the redbuds are in full bloom. The purple flowers are the first to appear, after a long, cold winter and it’s a pretty sight and a sure sign that spring is here. Hope you are able to enjoy some nice spring weather this weekend and immerse yourself in the beauty in your part of the world. But before you start the weekend, catch up on some key news in the federal contracting world. This included contractors anticipating the next big spending bill, new picks for leaders at DoD acquisition and GSA, and DoD seeing increased interest in its Defense Innovation Unit.
  8. SBA has issued its regulatory agenda for what rules it plans to roll out later this year. Here is a rundown of the key rules. SBA recently released its semiannual Regulatory Agenda, which is a summary of current and projected regulatory actions, and invited the public to comment. Below, I summarize some of the key proposals. Alternative Size Standards for Loans. SBA has proposed “an alternative size standard for loan applicants that do not meet the small business size standards for their industries.” Congress in 2010 established an alternative size standard for loan programs, whic
  9. GSA Alerts 180-Day SAM.gov Extension Granted If your business receives an email with the subject line, “180-Day SAM.gov Extension Granted for [Entity Name/DUNS/CAGE],” it is not spam! The GSA, supporting the American Rescue Plan Act and Integrated Award Environment (IAE), is seeking to reduce the burden of renewal for certain schedule holders. For some vendors, there will be a 180-day extension f
  10. My colleague Steven Koprince and I will be providing a Government Contracts Legal Update 2021 in cooperation with The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development PTAC. We will provide a comprehensive update on the most important government contracting legal changes of late 2020 and the first months of 2021. The event will take place on April 13 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (CDT). Be sure to check out the registration link if you are interested! The post Event: Government Contracts Update with UTSA PTAC first appeared on SmallGovCon - Government Contracts Law Blog.View
  11. If you’re setting up your first joint venture under the SBA’s rules, you may be tempted to download the SBA’s template joint venture agreement and use it as-is. But, as of the date of this post, the SBA’s template joint venture agreement is outdated–and it also has some other quirks and potential problems you should know about. If you’re planning to use the SBA’s joint venture template, read this first. Outdated Provisions If you’ve been following my posts on SmallGovCon (and I hope you have!), you’ll recall that I have recently written about substantive changes the SBA made t
  12. Hard to believe it, but March has come and gone and now we’re one quarter of the way through 2021! As you try and figure out where the year has gone this weekend, peruse these government contracting updates that reflect on what has occurred and what could happen during the rest of 2021. Some of the key stories this week included a DOD review of CMMC, the PPP Extension Act, and an extension on for expiring SAM.gov registrations. NEW: GSA Providing Automatic 180-Day Extension of Expiring Entity Registrations in SAM.gov [GSA] Former Contracting Officer Sentenced for Bribery Conspira
  13. Koprince Law LLC, a boutique federal government contracts firm in Lawrence, KS, is pleased to announce that that Nicole Pottroff has now been elevated to partner status with the firm! Nicole’s legal practice focuses exclusively on representing federal government contractors. Among her many professional accomplishments, Nicole recently co-authored the totally revamped “Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbook Volume 4: Second Edition – The 8(a) Program.” She is as comfortable with 8(a) narratives as complex subcontracts. And she is a fierce advocate for her clients in thorny contracting situations
  14. GSA Alerts With Removal Of Legacy MAS Categories (SINs) Only POCs Can Login to GSA eBuy As of April 1, 2021, GSA will remove legacy categories/Special Item Numbers (SINs) from the eBuy Seller profile page for all vendors who are on schedule. This action is a continuation of the system improvements associated with the MAS Consolidation. Removing these old SINs will clean up outdated legacy solicita
  15. For companies trying to break into the government market for the first time, past performance can seem a bit like the old chicken-and-egg conundrum. Sometimes it can appear like a company can’t win a government contract without a strong record of past performance–but can’t build a past performance record without contracts! And with the government’s continued movement away from lowest-price, technically acceptable evaluations, past performance seems increasingly important. But that doesn’t mean the government always has to consider past performance as an evaluation factor. Instead, as a
  16. GSA Alerts Don’t miss the latest GSA news and developments. Get timely alerts from our team. Most Recent GSA To Implement DocuSign Effective November 30, 2020, GSA will implement DocuSign to digitally sign documents. Read more for details. Read More » November 10, 2020 2 New Funding Thresholds
  17. Legal Services Government Contracts Law Bid Protests Contract Claims & Disputes Government Contracts Litigation Service Contract Labor Standards Small Business Subcontracting Subcontracts & Teaming Agreements Terminations, Suspensions, and Debarment Buy American Act & Trade Agreements Act Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Litigation, Bid Protests, Claims and Disputes Bid Protests Commercial Litigation Employment Litigation Government Contracts Litigation Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Corporate Law Labor & Employment Law Service Con
  18. Our hometown Jayhawks basketball team didn’t fare so well in the NCAA tournament. That’s alright; spring is right around the corner. And with it some nice weather across the country. Hope you are able to enjoy the outdoors this weekend. But before the weekend arrives, this week brought some interesting updates in government contracting, including the details on the regulatory freeze from the Biden administration, IT modernization developments, and preparing for a CMMC assessment. Tips to Prepare for a First CMMC Assessment [NatDef] An Overview of Federal Regulations and the Rulem
  19. The ostensible subcontractor rule says that, for a small business or socioeconomic set-aside such as 8(a), the small business prime contractor must perform the primary and vital parts of the contract and can’t be unduly reliant on a subcontractor. If the small business is found to violate the rule, the size of the small prime contractor and the large subcontractor are grouped for size purposes, which can result in loss of award. But the ostensible subcontractor rule is different from SBA’s joint venture rules, because SBA rules (and other federal law) distinguish between a prime-sub team and a
  20. Live Govology Webinar: April 8, 2021, 1:00-2:30pm EDT Instructors: Steven Koprince & Shane McCall In late 2019, the SBA issued a final rule, making several changes to the HUBZone program. Join us as we discuss these changes as well as SBA’s related guidance and provide an overview of the HUBZone program’s requirements, including: Ownership, control, and other HUBZone eligibility criteria. Benefits: HUBZone set-asides, sole-source contracts, and price preference. The principal office rule and why it may not be your headquarters. The 35% employee rule and the “attempt to maintain”
  21. Press Release Cybersecurity With CMMC-AB RPO Designation And New Hire TYSONS, Va., March 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Centre Law & Consulting is now a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)-AB Registered Provider Organization (RPO). Centre is one of the first law firms in the nation to receive this designation, which means that Centre has attorneys trained by the CMMC-AB to help govern
  22. GSA has recently announced that the long anticipated DUNS Number transition to the new Unique Entity ID (UEI) Standard has been pushed back to April 2022. We first blogged on GSA’s intention to swap out the DUNS numbering system for the UEI Standard in July 2019. We also “demystified” the DUNS-to-UEI-transition in a later blog, getting into a few of the details released in GSA’s Q&A on the topic. As we explained, GSA initially anticipated a transition date of December 2020. But clearly that didn’t happen. GSA’s most recent “Unique Entity Identifier Update” announced that the G
  23. If you are part of a joint venture between a small protege and its large mentor under the SBA’s Mentor-Protege Program, heads up: the SBA recently amended its list of mandatory requirements for joint venture agreements to cover what happens to funds left over in the joint venture bank account at the end of a project. Like the revised recordkeeping rules I discussed in an earlier post, the new required provision only applies to mentor-protege joint ventures pursuing small business set-aside contracts–not to JVs seeking 8(a), SDVOSB/VOSB, WOSB/EDWOSB or HUBZone work. Confusingly (and again,
  24. March Madness begins today and as residents of a city where basketball reigns supreme (Lawrence, Kansas) I can tell you that we are all beyond excited about the NCAA tournament. We have our brackets completed and locked in so let the games begin! We are also seeing signs of Spring as the temperatures are warming, the rain is falling and the plants are starting to look green and bright after a long, cold winter. It’s a season of change which is also true in the world of government contracting with the announcement of a new SBA Administrator. Here are some highlights from this week.
  25. You won’t want to miss this free event on Thursday, March 25, 2-4:00pm EDT, hosted by Michelle Gardner-Ince, Director of the Women-Owned Veteran Small Business Initiative (WVOSBI). This session will include a panel discussion by seasoned legal and successful business professionals Jackie Lopez, Sharon Athas Cote, John Devore, and our very own Koprince Law LLC, Managing Partner, Shane McCall. This panel discussion will allow women business owners the opportunity to address operational, relational and legal best practices in the areas of teaming, mentor-protégé and joint venture agreements
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