Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – July 2022 | PilieroMazza SARL
Federal News Network quotes PilieroMazza’s Cy Alba on Polaris RFP reissue, Cy Alba07.06.22
Cy Albapartner of PilieroMazzait is Government Contracts Grouprecently discussed the reissue of the Polaris request for proposals (tender) with Federal News Network. Worth the potential value of tens of billions of dollars, the government-wide small business IT services acquisition contract has captured the attention of government contractors, with seemingly endless updates from the call for tenders. After a nearly two-month hiatus on bid submissions, the General Services Administration reissued the solicitation on June 30, 2022, with updated relevant experience requirements. Read more here.
504 Express Lending Temporary Authorization for Certified Development Companies Participating in the Accredited Lender Program
An interim final rule from the Small Business Administration (SBA) has put in place additional authority that the Economic Relief for Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Hard-Hit Places Act temporarily grants to participating certified development corporations. to the Accredited Lenders Program with respect to 504 loans that are not more than $500,000 and that are not made to a borrower in an industry with a high default rate, as defined by the SBA. As of June 27, 2022, the rule applies to loan applications submitted to the certified development company on or after June 27, 2022 and approved by the certified development company and the SBA through September 30, 2023. Comments are due August 26, 2022 . Learn more here.
SBA team targets set-aside contracts awarded to ineligible companies
The Small Business Administration Office for Government Contracts and Business Development has implemented a series of new reforms to ensure that contracting opportunities reach small businesses. The reforms stemmed from reports that small organizations and minority organizations were disproportionately pulling out of the federal government’s shrinking supplier base compared to large corporations. Read more here.
FY2023 Procurement Management Review Schedule and Call for Volunteers
The Defense Contract Management Agency will conduct independent Procurement Management Reviews (PMRs) of each component of the Fourth Estate that performs contract operations. The reviews will assess the effectiveness of the procurement function, analyze and assist in any problem areas and identify outstanding practices that can benefit all organizations. Read more here.
Streamlining and Modernizing 7(a), Microcredit, and 504 Lending Programs to Reduce Unnecessary Regulatory Burden
A final rule from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will remove or revise various business loan program regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective or burdensome. The final rule will also make technical changes to incorporate recent legislative changes and other non-substantive changes. The rule will come into effect on August 1, 2022. Learn more here.
GSA and NGLCC Collaborate to Expand Support for LGBTQI-Owned Businesses
The General Services Administration (GSA) and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that aims to improve access to GSA contracting opportunities for LGBTQI-owned small businesses. Under the MOU, the two organizations will work together to increase awareness of GSA programs and services among LGBTQI-owned small businesses and small business owners. This will include providing information to local LGBTQI affiliate chambers of commerce across the country about GSA programs, services and events that help small businesses learn about contracting and outsourcing. Read more here.
Upcoming Presentations on Government Contracts
PSC submits comments on proposed rules to SEC leadership
The Professional Services Council (PSC) has submitted comments to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on two recent sets of proposed rules that have critical implications for federal contractors supporting federal government missions. Among other things, the PSC urged the SEC to seek out, leverage, and, if necessary, build on existing reporting requirements in any final rule rather than creating redundant ones that increase compliance costs. a company without offering new data or information. The PSC also noted that the SEC should do its utmost to limit climate-related disclosure requirements to information that is material to investor decisions. Read more here.
Construction company owner found guilty of fraud in securing more than $240 million in contracts for small businesses owned by disabled veterans
A federal jury has convicted the owner of several construction companies for his role in a long-running scheme to defraud the United States. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Michael Angelo Padron, along with co-conspirators Michael Wibracht and Ruben Villarreal, conspired to defraud the United States to obtain valuable government contracts under programs administered by the Small Business Administration. Evidence showed that Padron conspired to install Villarreal, a disabled veteran, as the apparent owner of a general construction company billed as a Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Padron, along with his co-conspirator and business partner Wibracht, exercised disqualifying financial and operational control over the construction company. According to court documents, the conspirators concealed this control to secure more than $240 million in government contracts that were earmarked for the SDVOSBs for the benefit of their ineligible large corporations. Read more here.
Upcoming Presentations on Litigation and Dispute Resolution