SEC Penalizes Company For Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Violations

Companies that engage with government contracts overseas should be well aware of the harsh penalties associated with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations (FCPA).  Getting your internal staffed trained and executives aware of the steep fines and disruption of the business reputation can save you from unnecessary litigation, civil and criminal… Read more »

SBA HUBZone Requirements & Qualifications 13 CFR 126

HUBZone Definition The HUBZone Program (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) is a United States Small Business Administration (SBA) program that provides some level of government contracting preferences for small company owners that operate their principle place of business in a designated consensus track and also provide jobs to employees who live in… Read more »

Nuances of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA Act)

What is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA Act)? The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA Act) is a very comprehensive trade agreement that sets the rules for trade practices and investments between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The agreement was executed in 1994. The NAFTA Act has,… Read more »

Federal Service Contract Act SCA Fringe Benefits & SCA Wage Determination

The McNamara–O’Hara Federal Service Contract Act SCA fringe benefits provisions are included in federal government contracts or the District of Columbia contract. Each prime and subcontractor performing federal contracts have to comply with the minimum wage and safety and health standards and must maintain certain records unless a specific exemption applies…. Read more »

Federal Anti-KickBack Statute Liability

Under the Federal Anti-Kickback Act, criminal action can occur if there is a specific intent to induce referrals or orders for services. In government contracting and other federal activities, Anti-KickBack Statute Liability can be up to five years in prison, with the potential for additional criminal fines up to $25,000,… Read more »

Acceptance of Late Proposal Exception In GAO Bid Protest Rules

When it comes to GAO acceptance of late proposal submission exception in bid protests, many contractors wonder what happens if their Request for Proposal (“RFP”) submission is late and if there are any exceptions that allow for relief.  While it is an offeror’s responsibility to deliver its proposal to the proper… Read more »