Legal Updates

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....

Public Inspection in Federal Register of Regulations Adding One Year to SBA’s 8(a) Program-Scheduled to be Published Tomorrow

By: Christine V Williams on 01/12/2021

SBA is amending § 124.2 of its regulations to incorporate the optional program term extension for small business concerns participating in the 8(a) BD program on March 13, 2020. Specifically, revised § 124.2 provides that for a firm participating in the 8(a) BD program as of March 13, 2020 and through [Likely tomorrow when published], SBA will extend its program term by one year unless the...

John Klein and Christine Williams Speak to Common Mistakes Made by Government Contractors that Can Land them into Trouble

By: Outlook Law, LLC on 10/28/2020

John Klein and Christine Williams spoke on common pitfalls and mistakes for Government Contractors that can land them into trouble.   They spoke to the Native Hawaiian Organization Association and have made the slides available below. John Klein is Associate General Counsel for SBA for Procurement Law and the Suspension and Debarment Official.  Here is a brief bio for Mr. Klein: ...

John Klein and Christine Williams Speak to New SBA Regulations-Over PowerPoint Slides

By: Outlook Law, LLC on 10/27/2020

SBA's New Rules/Regulations were presented by John Klein and Christine Williams.  The power point slides are available . John Klein is the Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law United States SBA.  In this role, Principal legal advisor to senior SBA Agency officials and their staff with respect to the 8(a) Business Development program; the Agency’s Government Contracting...

Consolidation of Mentor-Protege´ Programs and Other Government Contracting Amendments-Small Business Administration Regulations

By: Christine V Williams on 10/16/2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations, with long awaited changes, were released today in the Federal Register.  The new regulations are complex and are approximately 54 pages.  The new regulations are entitled "Consolidation of Mentor-Protege´ Programs and Other Government Contracting Amendments-Small Business Administration Regulations."  Here is a link to the regulations:...

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...