The federal government contracting rulebook is notoriously complex and confusing–but not all confusion is created equally. As attorneys serving federal contractors (many of them small businesses), my colleagues and I often see contractors making the same common legal mistakes or holding the same common legal misconceptions.
On August 12, please join me and Nicole Pottroff as we cover our top 21 legal mistakes in federal government contracting–with an emphasis on small business issues–and explain how to avoid them. This webinar is hosted by our friends at Govology and it is easy to register: just click here. See you on August 12!
Robert Jones of Left Brain Professionals is putting on the GovCon Accounting Summit this week. I’ll be involved in a Panel Discussion – The Need for GovCon Accounting Advisors, at 9:00 AM-10:30 AM ET on July 22, 2021. Hope to see you there. There are many other great topics at the event, so be sure to check it out!
My colleague Steven Koprince and I are pleased to be speaking at The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship this Thursday. Please join us on July 15, 2021 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (CDT) as we discuss the SBA’s affiliation rules in plain English, from rules governing common ownership and management to lesser-known bases of affiliation such as economic dependence and family relationships.
The Catalyst always has a great group both organizing the events, and attending! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at this event. For more information and to register, visit their site.
To be awarded a government contract, a company must do more than submit the winning proposal — it must be “responsible.” The concept of responsibility in government contracting is far-reaching and can include such things as having adequate financial resources, a satisfactory ethical record, acceptable past performance, and even required security clearances.
On July 15, please join me and Chris Coleman as we discuss this cornerstone of government contracting in a session hosted by Govology. Chris and I will cover responsibility in-depth, including what is inclued in the FAR’s definition of responsibility, how the government evaluates responsibility, and how a small business can challenge a non-responsibility determination through the SBA’s Certificate of Competency process.
It’s easy to register: just click here. See you on July 15!
For disadvantaged small businesses, the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program can help level the playing field by providing powerful benefits, including access to sole source and set-aside contracts. And in the wake of the Administration’s announcement that it will attempt to boost SDB contracting by 50%, this could be the right time for many businesses to consider an 8(a) Program application.
On Wednesday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern, please join me as I discuss the 8(a) Program with Teresa Moon of Parabilis. As a back-and-forth conversation (not a webinar), this promises to be an informative and fun event. Click here to sign up. See you on June 30!
In the commercial world, it’s normal to buy a good customer a holiday gift. But when your customer is Uncle Sam, you might break the law by giving that same gift.
The government contracting ethics rules aren’t always as cut-and-dried as “don’t give the contracting officer a briefcase full of unmarked bills” (although you shouldn’t do that, either!) and the government’s rules sometimes vary from commercial norms. On June 10, please join me and Shane McCall as we cover the key ethics and related rules contractors should know, including gift/gratuity rules, the False Claims Act, Procurement Integrity Act, anti-kickback rules, contingency fee restrictions, conflicts of interest and much more.
This webinar is hosted by our friends at Govology and it’s easy to register: just click here. Shane and I hope to see you on June 10!
NITAAC’s Acting Director Brian Goodger released an update on the long awaited CIO-SP4 Request for Proposals (RFP) today. He provided some insight as to the delays in the RFP’s release and assured everyone that they expect the last signature on the final RFP next week.