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GSA Endorses Third Party Rating Systems for Federal Buildings

By on November 7, 2013 | Posted in LEED

On October 25, 2013, the U.S. General Services Administration (“GSA”) concluded that federal agencies should continue to use third party rating systems to evaluate the performance of federal buildings. Specifically, GSA advocated that agencies use U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system or the Green Globes system […]

SBA Increases Women-Owned Small Business Opportunities

An interim rule, with immediate effect, will amend regulations to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Federal Contract Program, allowing for increased access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses. This change comes as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) signed in January 2013. (For more […]

When a false certification may not be “false” under the False Claims Act

By on March 26, 2013 | Posted in False Claims Act

Government contractors routinely provide certifications during the contracting process. For example, these certifications ask the contractor to verify that the cost or pricing data or claims submitted are true and honest. Submitting a false claim can create liability under the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). See 31 U.S.C. § 3729. […]

More on NDAA 2013: Impact on the Small Business Administration

As noted in our earlier blog entry, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (“NDAA”), signed by President Obama on January 3, 2013 included significant changes affecting small business contracting. The changes largely came as a result of the House Armed Services Committee special “Panel on Business Challenges in the […]

National Defense Authorization Act 2013 (NDAA): Overview of Title VIII of the Act

Three months into the fiscal year, on January 2, 2013, the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2013. Title VIII of NDAA contains many procurement and construction contract related provisions. This post briefly highlights some of the key provisions of the NDAA applicable to those […]