Making the decision to appeal a lower court’s decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is a tough decision to make. Not only can it be an expensive process but understanding what objective you want to accomplish is essential. Federal government contractors may want to turn… Read more »

Small businesses that are bidding on government contracts must be aware of the risks of hiring management level employees from a competitor or a company where there have been previous relationships. Although the person has left the other company, the SBA’s investigation after a small business size protest is filed… Read more »

Federal government contractors interested in participating in the SBA’s mentor protégé program may want to get acquainted the new rules. There some slight twists to the SBA’s new regulations that both mentors and proteges should be familiar with Under 13 CFR 125.9. Although simply put in the regulations, it is… Read more »

 HUBZone joint venture rules are very specific and can be complex. Failure to follow them can lead a small business down a serious path that harms the businesses future. The rules have what appear to be simple compliance terms. However, there are some tricky legal nuances that can cause a… Read more »

Native American contracting still has its ups and downs. SBA OHA is still faced with subcontractor affiliation appeals despite what some may consider easy to understand rules under 13 CFR 121.103. As recently as April 2017, the Small Business Administration (SBA) found Olgoonik Diversified Services, LLC to be affiliated due… Read more »

The federal government has decided that using the best value procurement system maximizes the level of performance after award. Instead of focusing on solely the pricing aspect of a proposal, the government can use a combination of source selection approaches. The  goal is to get the best bang for the… Read more »

Why OHA Reverses SBA Area Office Totality of the Circumstances Affiliation Rule Analysis

Why is Affiliation an Important Issue? SBA determines whether an entity qualifies as a small business concern by counting its receipts, employees, or another measure including those of all its domestic and foreign affiliates, regardless of whether the affiliates are organized for profit. 13 CFR 121.103(a)(6). Many small businesses have… Read more »

Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Bid Protest for Unsolicited Proposal FAR 15.6 | Watson & Associates Lawyers

Compared to regular solicited proposals by the federal government, writing an unsolicited proposal can be a daunting process. Further filing a bid protest regarding the agency’s improper rejection of your unsolicited proposal can be that much more difficult. However, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit outlined the… Read more »

Government contractors sometimes have to make a decision to engage in protesting federal government contract awards. This level of litigation can be brought before the contracting agency, the Government Accountability Office, or the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. To help to make the process easier, companies should start the decision… Read more »

There are Two ITAR compliance problems facing most businesses in the import-export industry: Failure to anticipate the road ahead Problem: Though 79% of today’s government contractor executives say responding quickly to change is the only way to survive our current federal procurement challenges, only 1 in 3 are even able to identify… Read more »