The SBA’s Guide to the Ostensible Contractor Rule

By Grace Mahan In a recent size appeal decision, Emergent, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5875, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) reinforced the criteria it uses to evaluate the “ostensible subcontractor” rule. The rule provides that when a prime contractor is unusually reliant on a subcontractor or when a subcontractor is […]

Bargains or Red Flags: Satisfying An Agency’s Cost-Realism Analysis

By Grace Mahan Like any other commercial customer, government agencies seek out bargains in their contracts for goods and services. Accordingly, it behooves government contractors to price their bids competitively. However, although tendering the lowest bid seems like a surefire way to win a contract award, the strategy can lead to the correction or dismissal […]

Government Contracts in the Domain of Cyber

By Grace Mahan In the past few years, changes in cybersecurity requirements have proved to be among the most important developments in the world of government contracts. In 2017 alone, the White House issued a cybersecurity executive order, and the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) issued a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that imposed […]

Congratulations to Bear Construction Group, Inc.

Congratulations to Bear Construction Group, Inc., which has been verified as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and added to the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) at  Bear Construction Group, Inc. is now eligible to participate in Veterans First Contracting Program opportunities with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is eligible to perform as a […]

Congratulations to Perfect Glassworks, LLC

O’Riordan Bethel issues a heartfelt congratulations to its client Perfect Glassworks, LLC! The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has certified Perfect Glassworks as a Maryland Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) as well as a Maryland Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Maryland-based Perfect Glassworks, LLC ( offers a variety of glass solutions, including design, fabrication, and installation for residential […]