PilieroMazza PLLC. RSS Feedhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10en-us19 Nov 2019firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssWEBINAR: Resolving Onboarding Mistakes That Cause Legal Problems on Federal Contractshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=96834&format=xml11 Dec 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Resolving Onboarding Mistakes That Cause Legal Problems on Federal Contracts</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>December 11, 2019 / 2:00 PM ET</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>PilieroMazza Webinars</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza PLLC</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this <u><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2524601144919584012" target="_blank">link</a></u> to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <div style="text-align: justify;">When employment claims arise, clients often look back at onboarding and find that mistakes made at the outset of employment set the stage for the complaint. Join <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6651&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186" target="_blank">Labor &amp; Employment Law Group</a> as we discuss the major onboarding errors that lead to employment claims and how to resolve them well before they cause trouble for federal contractors and subcontractors. We will provide insights and strategies to help contractors gain a competitive advantage through discussions of:</div> <ul> <li>identifying pre-bid concerns that can cause onboarding conflict;</li> <li>approaching and negotiating with incumbent employees;</li> <li>critical onboarding documentation and considerations; and</li> <li>how to resolve onboarding errors if they occur.</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: Key Labor & Employment Rules for Government Contractorshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=98638&format=xml04 Dec 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Key Labor &amp; Employment Rules for Government Contractors</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>December 4, 2019 / 2:00 PM EST</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>PCI Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Public Contracting Institute</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this <u><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8971385265056306691" target="_blank">link</a></u>&nbsp;to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;">As intricate as labor and employment requirements are, the rules for government contractors can be even more complicated. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provides a road map for requirements that are unique to federal government contractors and includes provisions such as human trafficking prevention, the Service Contract Act, the Davis Bacon Act, sick leave, and affirmative action requirements. During this virtual class, we will give those dusty old FAR provisions new life and provide a simple framework for you to digest the requirements. Following this session, you will have the tools to navigate and comply with these unique employment requirements.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Top Legal Questions from Government Contractorshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=97225&format=xml21 Nov 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/antonio-r-franco/6" target="_blank">Tony Franco</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.samesbc.org/profile.cfm?profile_name=session&amp;master_key=19D27A02-F04D-A206-2B64-5F32C18B8CF2&amp;xdetail&amp;xtemplate" target="_blank">Top Legal Questions from Government Contractors</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>November 21, 2019 / 10:30 AM CST</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>The Small Business Conference for the Federal Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facility Maintenance / Management Industry (SBC)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center<br /> Room C144 -145<br /> 650 S. Griffin St.<br /> Dallas, TX 75202</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this <u><a href="https://www.samesbc.org/reg_info.cfm" target="_blank">link</a></u>&nbsp;to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;">Government contracting is heavily regulated, so government contractors often need legal counsel to understand the competitive landscape where they do business. Because issues fall across a broad spectrum of regulations, programs, and procurements, it is difficult to know what to ask. <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza PLLC</a> has served as a strategic partner to government contractors and commercial businesses for over thirty years, and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/antonio-r-franco/6" target="_blank">Tony Franco</a> is a senior partner overseeing PilieroMazza&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">Government Contracts Group</a>. This session will address top legal questions he has encountered from government contractors, covering queries like:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <p style="text-align: justify;">What does a small business do when a procurement agency does not appear to be following the Rule of Two?</p> </li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <p style="text-align: justify;">What should a contractor do when a proposal is due on a defective or ambiguous solicitation and the agency has not answered all offeror questions?</p> </li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Can a small business continue bidding on task orders when it has outgrown its size?</p> </li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <p style="text-align: justify;">How do I challenge a poor past performance rating?</p> </li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <p style="text-align: justify;">What can you use for past performance through a new joint venture?</p> </li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: The State of Affairs for Data Privacy—Trends in State Legislation and What They Meanhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=97323&format=xml19 Nov 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speakers:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/david-shafer" target="_blank">Dave Shafer</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/emily-j-rouleau" target="_blank">Emily Rouleau</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>The State of Affairs for Data Privacy&mdash;Trends in State Legislation and What They Mean</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>November 19, 2019 / 2:00 PM ET</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>PilieroMazza Webinars</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza PLLC</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<u><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1505202133827114764" target="_blank">link</a></u>&nbsp;to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">PilieroMazza&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/cybersecurity" target="_blank">Cybersecurity &amp; Data Privacy Group</a> is pleased to present this webinar discussing developments in state data privacy laws, how the data privacy landscape may change in the future, and how these changes can impact both commercial businesses and government contractors. PilieroMazza&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/david-shafer" target="_blank">Dave Shafer</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/emily-j-rouleau" target="_blank">Emily Rouleau</a> will examine the state of affairs and present strategies for businesses through a discussion of:</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">proposed and enacted data privacy legislation in various states;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">similarities and differences among state legislation and where they reached in the legislative process;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">trends identified from examining the state legislation;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">what to expect in 2020 from state legislatures; and</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">strategies and recommendations for compliance.</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: PCI Subcontracting Summit 2019: Administrationhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=96808&format=xml19 Nov 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/isaias-alba-iv/8" target="_blank">Cy Alba</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>PCI Subcontracting Summit 2019: Administration</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>November 19, 2019 / 2:00 PM ET</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Subcontracting Summit 2019</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Public Contracting Institute</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Virtual</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="http://publiccontractinginstitute.com/event/subcontracting-summit-2019-administration/" target="_blank"><u>link</u></a>&nbsp;to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>TBD</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10SBA Proposed Rule Changes to 8(a) and Mentor-Protégé Programshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=98698&format=xml18 Nov 2019Events<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Please join SBA's John Klein and our team for this unique opportunity<br /> to dialog directly with one of the key drafters of the proposed rule.</strong></p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Speakers:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12458&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185" target="_blank">Pamela Mazza</a>, Managing Partner of PilieroMazza<br /> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-klein-9084308/" target="_blank">John Klein</a>, Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at the <a href="https://www.sba.gov/" target="_blank">U. S. Small Business Administration</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Program:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>SBA Proposed Rule Changes to 8(a) and Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Programs</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>November 18, 2019 / 7:30 AM ET to 10:30 AM ET</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Event:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>Seminar</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>PilieroMazza PLLC</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner</div> <div>Salon Ballroom</div> <div>1700 Tysons Boulevard&nbsp;</div> <div>McLean, VA 22102</div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pilieromazzasba-proposes-rule-changes-to-8a-and-mentor-protege-programs-tickets-80455004083?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&amp;utm_term=eventurl_text">link</a>&nbsp;for more information and to register.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;">SBA will shortly issue a proposed rule offering important changes to its mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program, the 8(a) program, and the rules governing size, status, and recertification. <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&nbsp;wants to be proactive on this proposed rule and to disseminate details to the government contracting community as quickly as possible since it is likely that comments will be requested within 60 days of publication. Therefore, we are pleased to invite you to attend our seminar featuring speakers&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12458&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185" target="_blank">Pamela Mazza</a>, Managing Partner of PilieroMazza, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-klein-9084308/" target="_blank">John Klein</a>, Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sba.gov/" target="_blank">U. S. Small Business Administration</a>.&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10A Walk Through of SBA's Proposed Rule Changes to 8(a) and Mentor-Protégé Programshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=99902&format=xml18 Nov 2019Presentations & Webinars<div sc-esjqyd=""> <div sc-kipqke=""> <div dir="auto" data-description-content="true"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Please join SBA's John Klein and our team for this unique opportunity<br /> to dialog directly with one of the key drafters of the proposed rule.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>Speakers:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></p> </td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12458&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185" target="_blank">Pamela Mazza</a>, Managing Partner of PilieroMazza<br /> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-klein-9084308/" target="_blank">John Klein</a>, Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sba.gov/" target="_blank">U. S. Small Business Administration</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>Program:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">A Walk Through of SBA&rsquo;s Proposed Rule Changes to 8(a) and Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Programs</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;">November 18, 2019 / 7:30 AM ET to 10:30 AM ET</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>Event:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;">Seminar</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">PilieroMazza PLLC</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td> <div style="text-align: justify;">The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Salon Ballroom</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">1700 Tysons Boulevard&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">McLean, VA 22102</div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td>Please email <a href="mailto:marketing@pilieromazza.com">marketing@pilieromazza.com</a> to register for access to the video.</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;">SBA will shortly issue a proposed rule offering important changes to its mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; program, the 8(a) program, and the rules governing size, status, and recertification.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&nbsp;wants to be proactive on this proposed rule and to disseminate details to the government contracting community as quickly as possible since it is likely that comments will be requested within 60 days of publication. Therefore, we are pleased to invite you to attend our seminar featuring speakers&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12458&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185" target="_blank">Pamela Mazza</a>, Managing Partner of PilieroMazza, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-klein-9084308/" target="_blank">John Klein</a>, Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sba.gov/" target="_blank">U. S. Small Business Administration</a>.&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/374173399" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen=""><br></iframe>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10ANNOUNCEMENT: PilieroMazza Welcomes Sara Nasseri to Its Labor & Employment Grouphttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=99881&format=xml18 Nov 2019News<p><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a> is pleased to announce that&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/sara-nasseri">Sara Nasseri</a> has joined the Firm as an Associate in its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/labor-employment-law">Labor &amp; Employment Group</a>. Ms. Nasseri focuses her practice on advising clients on a range of workplace-related matters, including equal employment opportunity laws with a particular focus on workplace compliance laws and regulations, federal contractors&rsquo; affirmative action and non-discrimination obligations, and pay equity and systemic pay discrimination.</p> <p>For international clients, Ms. Nasseri offers guidance on compliance with U.S. workplace and business laws, as well as assisting U.S. employers in expanding outside the U.S.; specifically, she is well versed in legislation within the U.S. and across Europe related to workplace internal investigations, problems faced by external lawyers when conducting an internal investigation, and data privacy issues.</p> <p>In 2018, Ms. Nasseri was selected to&nbsp;<i>Super Lawyers&rsquo;</i>&nbsp;Rising Stars list.&nbsp;During her time at Loyola Law School, she was a participant of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. &nbsp;Ms. Nasseri was also on the Dean&rsquo;s List and a recipient of the CALI Award in International Arbitration while at Georgetown University Law Center.</p> <p>She is fluent in written and spoken Farsi, and conversational in Spanish and French.</p> <div>Ms. Nasseri can be reached at <a href="mailto:snasseri@pilieromazza.com">snasseri@pilieromazza.com</a>&nbsp;or at 202.857.1000.</div>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: JEDI Protest Saga Continues: Amazon Protests Microsoft's Award in Court of Federal Claimshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=99880&format=xml18 Nov 2019Blog<p style="text-align: justify;">On November 8, 2019, Amazon filed a bid protest pre-filing notice with the Court of Federal Claims (&ldquo;COFC&rdquo;) indicating its intent to protest the Department of Defense&rsquo;s (&ldquo;DoD&rdquo;) award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (&ldquo;JEDI&rdquo;) contract to Microsoft.&nbsp; Amazon&rsquo;s decision to move forward with a protest does not come as a surprise to most practitioners who have been following this hotly contested procurement since its inception.&nbsp; <b><i>For government contractors, if you are protesting an award, make certain you do not overlook important procedural requirements that could delay initial processing of a case before the COFC.</i></b>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The COFC&rsquo;s protest procedures differ, in part, from the Government Accountability Office&rsquo;s (&ldquo;GAO&rdquo;) bid protest regulations, in that the COFC requires protester&rsquo;s counsel to provide <u>at least</u> 24-hour advance notice of filing a protest case to:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the Department of Justice (&ldquo;DoJ&rdquo;);</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the COFC clerk;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the procuring agency&rsquo;s contracting officer; and</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the apparently successful bidder/offeror (in this case Microsoft).&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><u>See</u> Appendix C of the Rules of the Court of Federal Claims (&ldquo;RCFC&rdquo;).&nbsp;The pre-filing notice must state, <i>inter alia</i>, whether the protester contemplates requesting temporary or preliminary injunctive relief and whether the protester has discussed the same with DoJ counsel.&nbsp;<u>Id.</u>&nbsp;<b>A protest will not be dismissed for failure to file a pre-filing notice, but if a protester overlooks this procedural requirement, a delay in the initial processing of the case is highly likely to result.&nbsp;For this reason, it is imperative that contractors and their counsel understand the nuances of protesting before the COFC.</b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Amazon&rsquo;s decision to file its protest before the COFC, instead of the GAO, may stem directly from Amazon&rsquo;s public claims that the evaluation process suffered from &ldquo;unmistakable bias,&rdquo; insinuating that President Trump and some members of Congress may have interfered with?or attempted to sway?the JEDI source selection process.&nbsp;To fully support such allegations of bias, Amazon will need fulsome, documentary evidence demonstrating direct political influence on the JEDI source selection team. Amazon is likely to receive more documentary evidence in a protest before the COFC.&nbsp;Generally, GAO requires the government to provide only documents relevant to specific arguments raised in the protest. However, at the COFC, the government is required to produce a full administrative record, which includes an expansive list of core documents (i.e., all correspondence between the agency and the protester, awardee, or other interested parties relating to the procurement). Amazon&rsquo;s decision to protest before the COFC will ensure a broader scope of discovery related to its claims, including those relative to improper political influence.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information on this topic, please contact a member of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">Government Contracts</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/litigation-dispute-resolution" target="_blank">Claims and Appeals</a> practice groups, and visit this <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=41&amp;format=xml&amp;q=jedi">link</a> to view related content.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/lauren-brier" target="_blank">Lauren Brier</a>, the author of this blog, is a member of the Firm&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">Government Contracts</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/litigation-dispute-resolution" target="_blank">Claims and Appeals</a>&nbsp;practice groups.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10This Just In! SBA's Implementation of HUBZone Changes and Small Business Runway Extension Act Coming Soonhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=99818&format=xml14 Nov 2019Client Alerts<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On November 12-13, 2019, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) hosted its 5<sup>th</sup> Annual Mentor Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Conference where SBA&rsquo;s John Klein, Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, answered questions from the audience regarding various mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; issues. <b><i>Mr. Klein provided some key insights regarding recent and upcoming SBA rulemakings that will have a significant impact on small business government contractors.</i></b>&nbsp; <b><i>We outline some of these updates below, and will also host a breakfast seminar on November 18, 2019 where Mr. Klein and </i></b><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12458&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185"><b><i>Pamela Mazza</i></b></a><b><i> will offer an in-depth discussion on these and other changes (please visit this </i></b><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pilieromazzasba-proposes-rule-changes-to-8a-and-mentor-protege-programs-tickets-80455004083?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&amp;utm_term=eventurl_text"><b><i>link</i></b></a><b><i> for more information).</i></b></p> <ul> <li>On November 13, 2019,SBA sent a final rule to the Federal Register for publication that will implement comprehensive revisions to the regulations governing the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program.&nbsp;These revisions, as proposed in October 2018, are available <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/10/31/2018-23285/small-business-hubzone-program-government-contracting-programs"><span>here</span></a>.&nbsp;A couple of the key changes are:&nbsp;(1) an individual will continue be treated as a HUBZone resident if that individual worked for the firm and resided in a HUBZone at the time the concern was certified or recertified as a HUBZone&mdash;even if the area where the individual lives no longer qualifies as a HUBZone or the individual has moved to a non-HUBZone area; &nbsp;(2) HUBZone firms will only be required to certify on an annual basis, meaning such concerns will no longer be required to expressly qualify as a HUBZone at the time of each offer for a HUBZone contract and award.&nbsp;</li> <li>In addition to the revisions proposed in October 2018, the final HUBZone rule will also implement a significant change to the regulations that was proposed during public comment.&nbsp;Specifically, the final rule will indicate that when a company buys an office located in a HUBZone or enters into a long-term, 10-year lease for such office space, intending the space to be its principal office, the concern will be able to meet the principle office HUBZone criterion for a period of at least 10 years&mdash;even if at some point after the property is purchased or leased, the office location no longer qualifies as a HUBZone.&nbsp;The idea behind this rule is that the HUBZone program should incentivize and reward companies that invest in HUBZones.</li> <li>Mr. Klein also noted that SBA&rsquo;s proposed rule, issued on June 24, 2019, implementing the Small Business <span>Runway Extension Act (Act) is being finalized and will be published in the Federal Register in the next couple of weeks.&nbsp;The Act has been the subject of much concern because although Congress intended the Act to change the relevant time period SBA uses to calculate average annual receipts for size purposes from 3 to 5 years, SBA has taken the position that the Act had no such effect because Congress inadvertently amended the wrong section of the Small Business Act.&nbsp;Nevertheless, to promote consistency, SBA&rsquo;s soon to be finalized rule (which is available in its proposed form <a href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-24/pdf/2019-12754.pdf">here</a>) will change SBA&rsquo;s size standards to provide for a 5-year averaging period for calculating annual average receipts for all receipts-based size standards.&nbsp;Notably, the final rule will include a 2-year &ldquo;phase in&rdquo; period, an item PilieroMazza attorneys advocated for during the public comment period.&nbsp;This &ldquo;phase in&rdquo; will allow contractors, for a period of two years, to choose whether they wish to certify using a 3-year or 5-year lookback.&nbsp;In other words, rather than thrusting some small business into the dicey waters of &ldquo;other than small&rdquo; status by immediately subjecting them to a 5-year receipts calculation, SBA will give these concerns two years to transition to the new 5-year rule, after which all companies will be subject to a 5-year calculation.&nbsp;That being said, it is unclear how the final rule will treat firms that assumed the Act was already effective and, as such, have already certified using a 5-year calculation.&nbsp;This is an issue we will ask Mr. Klein to address during our upcoming seminar. </span></li> <li>SBA&rsquo;s final rule implementing the Act will also contain a provision that was not included in the proposed version and was adopted by SBA in response to public comment.&nbsp;Specifically, because of the alleged burden that the 5-year rule would impose on participants in SBA&rsquo;s Section 7(a) loan programs, these programs will not be covered by the 5-year rule and, instead, SBA will issue a separate proposed rule to address these concerns.</li> </ul> <p>Lastly, Mr. Klein gave a high-level overview of the comprehensive changes SBA recently <a href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-08/pdf/2019-23141.pdf">proposed</a> to its 8(a) and mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; programs.&nbsp;As we <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&amp;an=98716&amp;anc=801&amp;format=xml">outlined</a> previously, these changes would have significant implications for the government contracting community.&nbsp;Consequently, to update the industry and to facilitate a meaningful dialogue on this topic, PilieroMazza is hosting a seminar on November 18, 2019, from 7:30 AM &ndash; 10:30 AM EST at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.&nbsp;During our two-hour seminar, Mr. Klein will join Pamela Mazza, Managing Partner of PilieroMazza, to provide government contractors with a comprehensive understanding of the proposed changes and an opportunity to comment.&nbsp;For more details and to register, please visit this <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pilieromazzasba-proposes-rule-changes-to-8a-and-mentor-protege-programs-tickets-80455004083?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&amp;utm_term=eventurl_text">link</a>. All comments to this proposed rule must be submitted by January 17, 2020.</p> <p>For more information on this and other topics impacting government contractors, please contact a member of <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts Group</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=13124&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Samuel Finnerty</a>, the author of this Client Alert, is a member of the Firm&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts</a>, <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6650&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Small Business Programs &amp; Advisory Services</a>, and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=8374&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts Claims and Appeals</a> practice groups.</p> <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10