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 https://www.vip.vetbiz.gov.  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 (http://perfectglassworks.com/) offers a variety of glass solutions, including design, fabrication, and installation for residential […]

A Change That Would Simplify and Improve SBA’s HUBZone Program

By Carol L. O’Riordan A HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) is a geographic area that benefits from a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program that was established in 1998. The program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. The SBA regulates and implements the HUBZone program by […]

Our Latest Article: When Desperate Situations Call for Immediate and Targeted Response

Managing Partner Carol L. O’Riordan recently wrote an article in the National Law Review about how small law firms can bring in former government employees and other specialists to help them in their government contracts cases, especially suspension and debarment cases,  thus serving their clients better and reducing costs. The article describes a distinctly new […]

New Bill Would Change the Face of Federal Regulation

By Carol L. O’Riordan On January 5, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, pretty much along party lines, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. This bill, if enacted into law, would dramatically change the way that federal regulation of industry operates. The vote was 237 to 187, with all […]

SBA Rule Allows Prime Contractors to Claim Credit for Small Lower-Tier Subcontractors

By Taimur Rabbani The Small Business Administration recently issued a rule to allow a large, prime government contractor with an individual subcontracting plan to receive small-business credit for subcontracts issued to small businesses at any tier. The rule has significant implications for businesses performing on unrestricted federal contracts – at all tiers. The final rule, […]

Will Obama’s ‘Midnight Regulations’ Affect Your Business?

By Carol L. O’Riordan Welcome to the world of “midnight regulations” – a regulatory phenomenon that occurs from time to time in Washington, D.C., when one administration leaves office and a new one comes in. The Hill reported on January 19, 2017,  just a day before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, that many federal regulatory […]

Appeals Court Upholds 8(a) Program Against Constitutional Challenge

By Pamela J. Bethel The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) business development program, which provides for contracting preferences to small business owners, against a constitutional challenge that the program involves impermissible racial classifications. The decision in Rothe Development, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Defense and […]