On August 9, 2022, the CHIPS and Science Act was signed into law allocating $52.7 billion in funding to the semiconductor industry. The legislation represents a historic investment in a critical industry and is designed to drive innovation and global economic competitiveness.

Continue Reading First CHIPS Opportunity Lays Out Requirements and Application Process 

You are reading Bass, Berry & Sims’ February 2023 edition of our Monthly Enforcement Roundup, where we bring notable enforcement actions, policy changes, interesting news articles, and a bit of our insight to your inbox every month.

To stay up to date, subscribe to our GovCon & Trade blog. If you have questions about any of the actions mentioned and how they relate to your business, contact our firm’s international trade team. We welcome your feedback and encourage sharing this newsletter with anyone interested.

February saw several interesting enforcement actions. From a Chinese “spy balloon’s” cross-country journey to the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, the news of the day seemed to drive much of the enforcement activity. Let’s get into it!

Continue Reading International Trade Enforcement Roundup – February 2023

On December 19, 2022, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule that would amend the SBA regulations to implement Section 870 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2020. Section 870 makes noteworthy changes to the requirements a federal contractor must adhere to when attempting to obtain subcontracting credit for lower-tier subcontracts. 

Continue Reading SBA Proposed Rule Permits Prime Contractors to Receive Subcontracting Credit from Any Tier

I am looking forward to participating in a webinar titled, “Federal Government Contracts: New SBA Certification Program for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses” hosted by Strafford on February 28, 2023, from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm EST. Our panel will guide counsel on navigating the SBA certification program for VOSBs and SDVOSBs effective Jan. 1, 2023. We will review eligibility requirements, crucial certification procedures, and compliance obligations for entities and joint ventures. The panel will also offer certification best practices for receiving future set-aside or sole-source federal government contracts.

Continue Reading [WEBINAR] Federal Government Contracts: New SBA Certification Program for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Over the last few years, the government has shifted away from lowest price technically acceptable valuations placing a larger importance on past performance. The past performance requirement can sometimes create obstacles for firms who lack the required substantive past performance bonafides. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision offers another avenue as the agency attributed the past performance of two joint venture (JV) partners who previously worked as a prime and subcontractor on similar contracts to their Mentor-Protégé JV. 

Continue Reading Joint Venture Past Performance Can Be Gleaned from Previous Prime-Sub Relationships

All government contractors routinely review and negotiate subcontractor agreements. Whether you are the prime or the subcontractor, these agreements are critical for delivering solutions to government customers and capturing federal compliance requirements.

Please join our panel of Bass, Berry & Sims Government Contracts experts – Richard Arnholt, Todd Overman, and Sylvia Yi – along with our in-house colleague, Chad Pryor, Chief Counsel, Public Sector at TTEC, to discuss the art of negotiating subcontractor agreements and best practices for ensuring a successful relationship for both parties.

The webinar will take place on Monday, March 6, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET. Click here to register.

Continue Reading Register Now | Subcontract Negotiation Strategy and Best Practices Webinar

You are reading Bass, Berry & Sims’ enforcement roundup, where we bring notable enforcement actions, policy changes, interesting news articles, and a bit of our insight to your inbox every month.

To stay up to date, subscribe to our GovCon & Trade blog. If you have questions about any of the actions mentioned and how they relate to your business, contact our firm’s international trade team. We welcome your feedback and encourage sharing this newsletter with anyone interested.

January saw a bevy of interesting enforcement actions and regulatory policy changes. A high-level former FBI agent was charged with sanctions violations, for the first time ever a North Korean national was extradited to the U.S. for money laundering to benefit designated persons, and yet another instance of Chinese espionage was thwarted. Let’s jump in!

Continue Reading International Trade Enforcement Roundup – January 2023

Generally, when a business is awarded a multi-year IDIQ contract, it retains its “small” business designation unless a contracting officer (CO) requires the business to recertify its size status, and has since grown larger than the small business threshold. A recent decision from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) throws a wrench into that general understanding when OHA found an implicit recertification requirement absent an express requirement or CO demand.

Continue Reading Task Orders May Carry Implicit Size Recertification Requirements

On January 5, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a new rule that would prohibit employers from imposing non-competes on workers, and, if finalized, will have far reaching implications for many businesses operating in the United States. The proposed ban would make it illegal for employers to enter into or attempt to enter into non-compete agreements with workers, continue to maintain such agreements if they already exist, or represent that a worker is subject to a non-compete. It would further require companies with active non-competes to inform workers that they are void. Under the proposed rule, non-competes that bar workers from accepting competing employment or starting a competing business would be prohibited.

Join us for a webinar in which Bass, Berry & Sims labor & employment and antitrust attorneys will address topics and concerns pertaining to the proposed ban, including:

Continue Reading Webinar: The FTC’s Proposed Ban on Non-Competes and What It Could Mean for You

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has an interesting construction. With seemingly no competition to bring size protests and the successful completion of a previous grant before a second grant, the unusual process can make participants forget that normal Small Business Administration (SBA) size regulations still apply. A recent SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) decision reminds SBIR awardees to comply with all affiliation rules and ownership requirements or risk losing follow-on SBIR awards.

Continue Reading Attention SBIR Applicants…Remember that Affiliation Rules Still Apply