May 29, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers several interesting topics, including Federal agency cyber efforts, NSA's warning on Russian hackers, Pentagon's return to normal operations, JIAC and cloudONE,  NASA/SpaceX's launch, and an article on COVID contractors, fraud, and a WFH weapons dealer.

Cyber

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 27, 2020

Recent Government Accountability Office ("GAO") bid protest decision reiterates the rule that agencies must provide enough information in a solicitation so offerors can bid intelligently. Where a protester challenges a solicitation that lacks sufficient detail and runs afoul of this rule (and others), GAO will likely sustain the protest.

The protest of ASRC Federal Data Network Technologies, LLC; Ekagra Partners, LLC, B-418085.4; B-418085.5; B-418085.7, May 5, 2020 i...

May 26, 2020

The Verizon 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report ("DBIR") is here.  In this 13th DBIR, Verizon analyzed a record total of 157,525 incidents, of which 32,002 met their quality standards and 3,950 were confirmed data breaches. 

Before we dive into some the data, here are some helpful definitions:

  • Threat actor: Who is behind the event? This could be the external “bad guy” that launches a phishing campaign or an employee who leaves sensitive documents in their seat-back...

May 22, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers CMMC-AB's first class of auditors, HackerOne's services authorized for federal agency use, SpaceX/NASA's historic launch next week, local governments turn to Congress for help, GSA terminates McKinsey's schedule contract, and DoD AI.

Cyber

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 17, 2020

Last week, a good friend asked me a question about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act and the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP"). Specifically, they wanted to know whether forgiven PPP loan amounts are treated as taxable income? Because the tax issues related to PPP loans are nuanced, I decided to expand upon it for our readers.

Question:

Are forgiven PPP loan amounts (i.e., that do not need to be repaid) treated as taxabl...

May 16, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers several interesting topics, including a satellite maker's bankruptcy filing, Space Command's new home, legislation to expand CISA's powers, IRS wants to automate its grants management system, GSA's tool to track spending, and DOJ's recent PPP fraud charge.

Defense

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 13, 2020

This GovConJudicata Podcast is the inaugural episode* of the GovCon with Josh & Jenny series. Our discussion covers the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") and what small businesses should be thinking about when applying for and receiving PPP loans. As a reminder, this episode only provides a general overview of some of the issues relating to PPP loans––Federal guidance/rules regarding PPP loan procedures and considerations is rapidly changing (for example, SBA updated its FAQ on May 13, 2020 wi...

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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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