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Morrison Foerster’s Government Contracts Insights blog provides an in-depth analysis of news, developments, and trends impacting government contracting and procurement.


NEW YEAR, NEW DOMESTIC PREFERENCE RESTRICTIONS: TRUMP FINAL RULE AND BIDEN EXECUTIVE ORDER

Despite their many differences, Presidents Trump and Biden agree on one thing: that the Government should favor American manufacturers over foreign companies by tightening the protectionist restrictions applicable to many Federal procurements. The outgoing and incoming Administrations each took actions this January that will …›

February 3, 2021 - Small Business

8(a): The Small Business Administration’s Program for Socially & Economically Disadvantaged Businesses (Guide 3 of 4)

SBA’s 8(A) BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM What is the 8(a) program and what is it intended to do? The 8(a) program, officially designated the 8(a) Business Development program, is designed to assist small minority-owned businesses compete in the wider American economy. See 13 C.F.R. Part 124 Do I …›

Small Business Administration (SBA) Programs (Guide 2 of 4)

Many government programs exist to help small businesses—especially minority-owned small businesses—secure a foothold in government contracting. Read on to learn more about some common programs, the basic eligibility requirements, and how to register for them. These programs are quite complicated and you …›

February 3, 2021 - Small Business

Access to Capital-Funding Opportunities for Minority-Owned Businesses in Government Procurement (Guide 4 of 4)

Capital is the lifeblood of small businesses and fundamental to their formation and growth. However, obtaining capital can be difficult for minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs), as a lack of access to capital is one of the primary barriers for MBEs hoping to enter the …›

February 1, 2021 - Small Business

Roadblocks Inherent to the Public Procurement Process for Minority-Owned Businesses (Guide 1 of 4)

In the next four posts, we will share guides specific to federal contracting as a minority-owned small business. Minority-owned businesses often face unique challenges in the public procurement process due to systemic barriers embedded in the process. These barriers affect minority-owned business at all stages …›

January 27, 2021 - Protests & Litigation

Companies Pay Criminal Penalties and Compensation for Undermining Competition

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the Department of Justice announced charges against two providers of foreign language services for conspiracy to defraud the government on a multimillion dollar contract by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating competitive bidding. The two companies, Comprehensive Language Center Inc. …›

January 19, 2021 - Small Business

The Economic Aid Act and a Second Round of PPP Loans

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which became law on December 27, 2020, includes a second round of stimulus funding in the form of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act(the “Economic Aid Act”). Among many other measures, the Economic …›