DHS Procurement Is Put Off Again; Delay May Hurt Small Businesses

The Department of Homeland Security has pledged to make a new information-technology contract a model for government-wide efforts to contract with small businesses. But, according to a recent article by Jill Aitoro in the Washington Business Journal, it has missed its deadline for a substantial portion of the contract awards. The contracts are for portions […]

Philadelphia Announces New Rules for Minority and Women Preferences in Contracts

We recently wrote here that if a company wants to benefit from government programs that provide for preferences for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) firms, it needs to be fully aware that different jurisdictions have different certification requirements. Not all city or state governments will accept all MBE or WBE certifications. […]

Contractors Note: SBA Changes Size Rules for ‘Small Businesses’

By Carol L. O’Riordan How large can a business be and still be considered a “small business”? This definition can matter a great deal to a company that wants to benefit from small business preferences, set-asides, and loan programs. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the agency that keeps track of such things. Under the […]

In Defense of DBE Contracting

A recent article on contracting with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, published in a widely read construction law periodical, raised eyebrows here at O’Riordan Bethel. The apparent objective of the article was to warn the reader against the purportedly grave dangers of doing business with DBEs. The article suggested caution when contracting with DBEs for a variety […]

If You’re Active in Federal Contracting, You Need to Meet SAM

MEET SAM. Like many federal contractors, our firm has been following the progress of the System for Award Management (SAM) — a new web portal and records management system for federal contracting. While it was in its development stage, we had our eye on SAM and now the site has launched. SAM’s ambitious and noble […]

VA Gives Aspiring Contractors Guidance for Certification – Part 2

In this blog, we previously recounted some highlights from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Verification Training on June 7, 2012, at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, This was an informative event hosted by WAVE — Women As Veteran Entrepreneurs. The training was aimed at helping veteran business owners who are either engaged […]

D.C.’s ‘First Source’ Contracting Program Faces Federal Lawsuit

In 1984, the D.C. Council passed the First Source Employment Agreement Act, which required contractors who work on city-funded projects to hire at least 51 percent of their employees from among D.C. residents and to list their job openings with the D.C. Department of Employment Services. The law was passed in response to D.C.’s growing […]