Kingdomware SDVOSB Supreme Court Case: Read Our Amicus Brief

In Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court will answer a critical question: does the VA have to prioritize SDVOSBs and VOSBs in federal contracting?

As SmallGovCon readers know, I have been critical of the VA’s contention that it need not prioritize SDVOSBs and VOSBs.  Now, I have gone a step further.  Together with my colleagues at Koprince Law LLC, I have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to overturn the lower court’s decision and rule in favor of veterans.

Want to read our full amicus brief?  Glad you asked–just click here.

SmallGovCon Week In Review: August 24-28, 2015

After spending the majority of the week in Norman, Oklahoma for the ICBS Show, I am back in the office, and ready for our weekly dose of government contracts news and commentary.

This week, a large corporation gets busted for misusing taxpayer money, the IT industry is becoming more and more concerned about new cybersecurity rules, the government’s operation of two separate SDVOSB programs causes confusion, and much more.

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Thank You, Indian Country!

I am back in Kansas after spending two days at the Indian Country Business Summit in Norman, Oklahoma.  My presentation at the conference addressed recent legal developments in government contracting–and if you have been following SmallGovCon, you know there are a lot of big changes happening.

Many thanks to all of the sponsors and organizers for putting together the event and inviting me to speak.  A big thank you, as well, to all of those who attended the conference (attendance was up significantly over last year) and made this such a great event.

If you are in the Midwest but missed the ICBS, you can catch me in Overland Park on September 18, when I will give a seminar on commercial acquisitions and negotiated procurements.  I hope to see you there!

8(a) Mentor-Protege Joint Venture Agreements: Details Matter, Court Says

An 8(a) mentor-protege joint venture was not entitled to take advantage of the special mentor-protege exception from affiliation because the joint venture agreement lacked adequate detail.

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims held that the SBA had reasonably determined the joint venture to be a large business because the joint venture agreement did not sufficiently address certain requirements.  The Court’s decision should be a warning for all 8(a) mentor-protege joint ventures: details matter.

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VA Doesn’t Issue SDVOSB Set-Aside, Protest Sustained

The VA’s decision not to issue a SDVOSB set-aside was improper because the VA adopted an unreasonably narrow approach to determining whether two or more SDVOSBs were likely to submit proposals.

In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO held that the VA’s narrow market research did not support its set-aside determination.  And in so holding, the GAO reaffirmed its position that the VA must put “veterans first” in federal procurements.

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