Legal Updates

Christine V. Williams named in 2019 Best Lawyers

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/15/2018

    Outlook Law's Christine V. Williams Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List  United States, August 15, 2018 -- Outlook Law, LLC, is pleased to announce that Christine V. Williams has been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal...

SBA’s Present Effect Rule and Size Protests

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/11/2018

When a merger or acquisition deal is occurring and the firms have contracts awarded on SBA eligibility, including size, the present effect rule must be considered.  That rule, if not careful, may have the unintended consequences of rendering firms other than small, or otherwise ineligible, before the ink is even on the paper to close the deal.  That is, SBA has a rule that states, in pertinent...

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Policies to Ensure Equal Employment Opportunity and Protect Religious Freedom

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/10/2018

This is reprinted from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. On August 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced two new policy directives focused on ensuring equal employment opportunity and protecting Americans’ religious freedom. The equal employment opportunity directive calls for more comprehensive reviews...

SBA Clarifies Approval on Change of Management

By: Christine V. Williams on 07/08/2018

In 2018, SBA restated its position regarding approval and change of management.  That is, SBA stated that prior approval for a change of management is not required.  For the succinct slides on this, please click here: Change in Management_Rev20180615 (002)

Summary of U.S. Senate Small Business Committee Field Hearing Held in Anchorage, Alaska, June 29, 2018

By: Christine V. Williams on 06/30/2018

Summary of U.S. Senate Small Business Committee Field Hearing   The U.S. Senate Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Risch, with participation by Senators Sullivan and Murkowski, occurred in Anchorage, Alaska on June 29, 2018.  The hearing lasted for over two hours and testimony was given by:  Robb Wong, SBA Associate Administrator for the Government Contracting/Business...

Senate Small Business Committee Field Hearing in Anchorage June 29, 2018

By: Christine V. Williams on 06/25/2018

The Senate Small Business Committee will conduct a field hearing on June 29, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska.  For more information on the location and witnesses, please click on the official link:

Delegation of Authority Letters for Justification and Approval Memos for 8(a) Sole Source Contracts over Above $22 Million

By: Christine V. Williams on 06/21/2018

I wanted to make sure folks received these letters because they were mentioned at the National 8(a) Conference in Anchorage today.  These are the letters secured by Senator Sullivan that correctly interpret the position that the $22 M dollar 8(a) sole source award is not a cap and can be designated for the Justification and Approval Memorandum.  In short, the J&A may be signed by someone...

Outlook Law’s Christine Williams Appointed to Regulatory Fairness Board-Do What is Right, Not What is Easy

By: Christine V. Williams on 06/15/2018

Outlook Law is pleased to announce that SBA Administrator Linda McMahon appointed Christine V Williams, managing partner of Outlook Law, to the Regulatory Fairness Board.  This is a volunteer position and Christine finds it a singular honor to be asked to serve on behalf of small businesses.   Christine has long been an advocate for small businesses and is consistent in her approaches and...

SBA Tribal Consultations Finish-Outlook Law Attended Each One

By: Christine V. Williams on 06/09/2018

SBA conducted a series of tribal consultations in Alaska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.  Outlook Law, LLC, in association with the Native American Contractors' Association (NACA), held preparation sessions and attended every consultation.  The tribal consultations focused on the HUBZone and 8(a) Programs.  Outlook Law helped clients develop draft comments as well as testimony and attended every...

Piliero Mazza Attacks Common Management and Ownership Exception to Affiliations for Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organization

By: Christine V. Williams on 06/09/2018

Almost a year ago, on July 19, 2017, the SBA's Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) re-affirmed the SBA regulations, derived from statute, pertaining to Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), Tribes, and Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs).  Specifically, in Size Appeal of Synergy Solutions, Inc., SIZ-5843, Synergy Solutions, an individually owned business, alleged, through its law firm, Piliero...