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 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...

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...

April 8, 2020

Today, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency ("CISA") published a joint advisory with the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre ("NCSC") in light of cybercriminals exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic by targeting individuals and organizations with a range of ransomware and malware.

According to the joint advisory, some examples include scams with "emails containing malware which appear to have come from the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and others wh...

March 31, 2020

The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the government contracting community is widespread. From shelter-in-place directives, to stop work orders, telework, and delays, contractors are necessarily navigating uncharted territory. The calculated decision to scale back operations or layoff/furlough employees is also an unfortunate scenario playing out in many management meetings.

Despite these complexities, however, some government contractors are looking to other c...

March 26, 2020

If you recently won a contract, or if you are currently performing on a contract, it will be critically important that you communicate with your contracting officer and program personnel about your performance expectations during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Your performance obligations and/or deliverables may or may not change. 

In other words, discuss with agency personnel how the current COVID-19 landscape impacts any of your obligations and/or deliverables (e.g., shelter-at-...

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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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