September 9, 2020

On September 4, 2020, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-5 (SPD-5), which establishes a set of cybersecurity principles designed to protect the nation's valuable "space systems" from a host of cyber threats aimed at disrupting our Nations critical infrastructure.

As defined in SPD-5, "space systems" is a "combination of systems, to include ground systems, sensor networks, and one or more space vehicles, that provides a space-based service. A space system typically has three segments: a...

August 3, 2020

Matross Managing partner and GCJ publisher, Joshua Duvall, will be presenting a webinar on Monday, August 3, 2020 on "Debriefings & Bid Protests: What Every GovCon Should Know." The webinar is part of the "GovCon Best Practices Series" with Glenn Robinson of Blue Ridge Information Systems.

Summary:

  • Debriefings and bid protests are powerful tools for government contractors. By developing a basic understanding of these issues, decision makers can not only avoid undue cost and headache but also g...

July 24, 2020

According to a recent U.S. Department of Justice ("DoJ") press release, a Maryland defense contractor agreed to pay nearly $1 million to resolve False Claims Act ("FCA") allegations that the company knowingly billed the National Security Agency ("NSA") for services performed by the contractor's employees who "did not meet all of the specialized qualifications required under their contract with NSA."

The press release provided the following details regarding the civil settlement agr...

July 14, 2020

In May, we wrote about the U.S. Small Business Administration's ("SBA") long-awaited final rule amending its regulations for the Women-Owned Small Business Program (third-party certification). Notably, through that final rule, SBA also amended certain 8(a) Business Development Program ("8(a) Program") requirements, which take effect on July 15, 2020.

These additional changes harmonize the 8(a) Program and EDWOSB requirements that were the subject of scrutiny because of di...

July 6, 2020

In a relatively rare occurrence, the Government is appealing a U.S. Court of Federal Claims' ("COFC") bid protest decision in NIKA Techs., Inc. v. United States, No. 20-299C (Fed. Cl. Apr. 16, 2020) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Fed. Cir. Case No. 20-1924).

In its appeal, the Government will be seeking clarity on an all too important issue facing defense contractors and procuring officials in negotiated procurements: where an unsuccessful offeror does n...

June 16, 2020

Today, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against or firing employees for being gay or transgender. [1]  Today's ruling is a major victory for the LGBTQ+ community, for LGBTQ+ allies, and for equality.

Briefly, Title VII makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee "because of such individual’s race, color, religi...

May 29, 2020

Today (5/29), Joshua Duvall participated in a panel discussion with Kindra D. Harvey, CEO at Purpose Worx, and Jeff Shapiro, partner at CohnReznik, on the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") as part of the GovCon Club XPRT™ Conversation series.

Titled "What's the 4-1-1 with PPP?" the discussion focused on the current state of the PPP, including loan forgiveness, accounting and compliance issues, and the regulatory framework underpinning this critical lifeline for small business.

To watch the panel...

May 18, 2020

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration ("SBA"), in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, published its 11-page Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions (SBA Form 3508).

As SBA notes, the "documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans." In addition, SBA anticipates that it will soon release re...

May 15, 2020

On May 11, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration ("SBA") published its long-awaited final rule amending its regulations for the Procurement Program for Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (the "WOSB Program"). We previously discussed SBA's proposed rule here.

Specifically, the final rule implements a certification requirement for small businesses who want to compete for WOSB Program set-aside contracts, sole source contracts, and awards under multiple award contrac...

May 6, 2020

In a first, the U.S. Department of Justice ("DoJ") announced that it charged two businessmen with "conspiracy to make false statement to influence the SBA and conspiracy to commit bank fraud." With billions of dollars set aside for Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans to help struggling small businesses make payrolls, it was only a matter of time before bad actors would see this as an opportunity to get rich quick.

  • Two businessmen have been charged in the District of Rhode Island with al...

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About GovConJudicata

Welcome to GovConJudicata an informational blog/website focusing on government contracts issues, including bid protests (e.g., GAO, COFC), claims, disputes, SBA matters, compliance, regulatory, and cyber (e.g., DFARS, NIST SP 800-171, CMMC).

GovConJudicata is published by Joshua Duvall, managing partner at Matross Edwards, a law firm providing government contracts and cybersecurity legal services to small and mid-sized businesses.

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