Legal Updates

HUBZone Presentation with Q&A with SBA’s HUBZone Director, Deputy Director, and Program Manager-No Charge-No Sign Up Required-Facilitated by Outlook Law, LLC

By: Christine V Williams on 09/02/2020

The revised HUBZone regulations have been out about 8 months and folks have questions.  The SBA is ready and happy to answer them.  On September 16, 2020, at 2:00-3:30 EST, the SBA HUBZone Director, Deputy Director, and Program Manager will give a presentation and do a Q&A session for all those that are interested.  No sign up is required and no charge.  For more information, you can...

Successful Protest of a Contract Removed from the 8(a) Program and Put on GSA Schedule-Agency Must Further Justify the Award and Cost Change of More than 25%

By: Christine V Williams on 07/31/2020

On June 23, 2020, the GAO issued a decision in the matter of Eminent IT, LLC, B-4148570, which sustained a protest alleging that a contract was improperly removed from the 8(a) program and placed on a General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS).  Simply put, the agency did not meet the mandate of "new requirement(s)" and receive SBA permission prior to removing the...

Christine V. Williams Nominated by Peers to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

By: Outlook Law, LLC on 07/10/2020

Christine V. Williams, the founder and managing partner of Outlook Law, LLC, was nominated by her peers to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. "The Fellows compromise a global honorary society of lawyers, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the profession and service to society. Membership is limited to one percent of lawyers admitted...

Federal Register/Summary of Rules on Small Entity Compliance Guide, DD Form 254, Micro Purchases, Evaluation Factors for MACs, Mods to Cost and Pricing Data, and Electronically Issued Orders

By: Christine V Williams on 07/02/2020

The Federal Register issued a document today that summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulations issued by the Civilian Agencies as well as a companion document Small Entity Compliance Guide. The Small Entity Compliance Guide 85 FR 40077 is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small...

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA are Proposing to Amend the Federal Acquisition Regulations on SBA Joint Ventures: Comments Due

By: Christine V Williams on 06/05/2020

SUMMARY: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement statutory and regulatory changes regarding joint ventures made by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in its final rule published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016, and to clarify that 8(a) joint ventures are not certified into the 8(a) program and that 8(a) joint venture agreements...

Treasury Issues More Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program on April 6, 2020

By: Christine V Williams on 04/07/2020

Treasury has issued more guidance on the Paycheck Protection Loans as of April 6, 2020.  That guidance can be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequenty-Asked-Questions.pdf  or in pdf format here: Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequenty-Asked-Questions April 6 2020 Treasury The pdf may be found here:...

Interim Final Affiliation Rule by SBA on Payroll Protection Plan

By: Christine V Williams on 04/03/2020

The SBA released its Interim Final Rule Regarding Payroll Protection Plan Loans.   It is expected to hit the Federal Register tomorrow.  Please click here for the Interim Final Rule on Affiliation : Interim Final Affiliation Rule PPP

SBA Issues Interim Payroll Protection Program Guidance-Promises to Issue More on Affiliation Rules

By: Christine V Williams on 04/02/2020

SBA issued its Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (Guidance) with  more affiliation rule guidance to follow.  "SBA intends to promptly issue additional guidance with regard to the applicability of affiliation rules at 13 CFR §§ 121.103 and 121.301 to PPP loans." Here is the interim final rule: Interim PPP Rule Issued (D0883318)

The Senate Passes $2.2 Trillion Relief Bill-House to Vote on it This Week-Analysis on Small Businesses-Part I-Uses of Loan, Forgiveness, Resource Partners, Covered Small Business Concerns, and Borrower Requirements

By: Christine V Williams on 03/25/2020

Editor's Note: At the end of this piece is a simple two page take away mirroring the analysis below and a link to the Act. On March 25, 2020, the Senate passed the $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act" or "Act"), which is aimed at economic relief for businesses and individuals affected by Coronavirus in the United States.  The...

SBA and FAR Limitations on Subcontracting and Open FAR Case-Update

By: Christine V Williams on 03/18/2020

March 18, 2020 Limitations on Subcontracting    Building Full Change to the FAR on the Limitation on Subcontracting?  [Please click here for a handy one pager of the text and references below:] Limitations on Subcontracting Rule Limitations on Subcontracting Update In contracts awarded through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), there is a mandatory performance level...