Legal Updates

Bona Fide Office Requirements-Revised Again and Partially Released-More to Come???

By: Christine V Williams on 06/15/2021

SBA Released its Checklist Guidance months and months after it required 8(a) firms--for the first time- to have a bona fide office for sole source construction contracts.  The requirements are strenuous and stretch--if not break the bank for firms trying to do simple work in another area.  These firms counted on revenue that required an investment of resources that was returned by overzealous...

The Story of Outlook Law, LLC—Bias Interrupter—A Law Firm Performing Better because of Diversity

By: Outlook Law, LLC on 05/24/2021

The Story of Outlook Law, LLC—Bias Interrupter—A Law Firm Performing Better because of Diversity Bias interrupters, such as Outlook Law, LLC, recognize explicit and implicit bias-in what the American Bar Association calls Prove it Again (PIA) syndrome—applied to having to overachieve (again) as a female attorney or an attorney of color—and receiving clear messages that the person does...

Department of Defense Proposed Regulations to Consider Past Performance of Subcontractors and Joint Venture Partners for Construction and Architect-Engineer Services Contracts-Comments Due

By: Christine V Williams on 05/21/2021

SUMMARY: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 that establishes a requirement for use of the best available information regarding past performance of subcontractors and joint venture partners when awarding DoD contracts for construction and architect-engineer...

Difference Between SAM.gov and Beta SAM.gov-Transition Happening-What is Transitioning and When

By: Allie McDonnell and Christine WIlliams on 05/10/2021

The transition of the System for Award Management (SAM) is and has been somewhat confusing for people.  What is transition and when is it transitioning are most common questions.  Below is a summary of the 10 online websites migrating to the new system as well as the expected timeline of when each system is expected to migrate.  The introduction is borrowed from the government, specifically,...

HUBZone Program: Extending Map Freeze Until June 2023-Direct Final Rule by SBA

By: Christine V Williams on 05/05/2021

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Direct final rule. SUMMARY: This direct final rule extends the HUBZone map freeze mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA 2018) from December 31, 2021, to June 30, 2023. The NDAA 2018 requires that certain certified HUBZone small business concerns shall maintain their HUBZone status until the...

OSHA Issues New Guidance and Interim Enforcement Response Plan

By: Outlook Law, LLC on 03/16/2021

According to the Small Business Office of Advocacy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued two new documents on March 12, 2021,  concerning COVID-19 and workplace enforcement.  Here is the brief summary and linked documents. 1. COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP) focusing OSHA enforcement efforts on companies with the largest number of workers at serious risk...

Outlook Law, LLC — Announcing the Addition of Two New Attorneys and One More to Come

By: Outlook Law, LLC on 03/10/2021

Announcing the Addition of Two New Attorneys and One More to Come-Thank you to the clients who made this a reality Welcome Andrew March and Paul Cognac In a time when a lot of law firms were cutting staff, attorneys, and partners’ salaries, Outlook Law, LLC, with low overhead and highly competitive rates, continued to build on a solid foundation comprised of cutting edge legal advice,...

Consolidation of Mentor-Protege Programs and Other Government Contracting Amendments; Correction-Including Bona Fide Office Requirements

By: Christine V Williams on 01/14/2021

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Correcting amendments.--- THIS INCLUDES the Bona Fide Office Required for Construction Contracts both sole source and competitive. SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is correcting regulations that published in the Federal Register on October 16, 2020. The rule merged the 8(a) Business Development (BD)...

SBA Second Round PPP Loans: Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loans-Regulations

By: Christine V Williams on 01/14/2021

Interim Final Rule AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration. SUMMARY: This interim final rule announces the implementation of section 311 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the Economic Aid Act). The Economic Aid Act authorizes the U.S. Small Business Administration to guarantee additional loans under the temporary Paycheck Protection...

SBA and Department of Treasury-Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; PPP as Amended by Economic Aid Act

By: Christine V Williams on 01/14/2021

Interim Final Rule SUMMARY: On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of sections 1102 and 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Section 1102 of the CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program....