Tag: Government contracts

February 5, 2015

Closing the Loop: The Proposal of New Subcontracting Limitations on Small Businesses

Many small business government contractors may have to rethink the way they do business. The Small Business Administration issued a proposed rule at the end of December to implement provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. The NDAA, which was signed into law in January 2013, requires several significant modifications to the rules… Read More

September 8, 2014

The Hidden Regulatory and Licensing Consequences to a Conviction or Arrest

When it comes to a conviction, or even an arrest, the collateral consequences that are sometimes overlooked by client and counsel can be extremely damaging, especially when dealing with government agencies and programs. One such set of consequences is unique to contractors who do business with federal or state governments.  Because even a plea to… Read More

July 22, 2013

Conspirators Get Prison Time for Defrauding Small Business 8(a) Program

White-collar crime can involve any number of types of fraud against the government or private parties. One that isn’t usually thought about but can result in serious jail time involves conspiracies to obtain government contracts fraudulently by setting up bogus small and minority-owned businesses in order to qualify for government preferences. In the past few… Read More

June 28, 2011

This Extension of U.S. Criminal Law Is Unnecessary

On June 3, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative David Price (D-N.C.) re-introduced the Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (CEJA), which aims to extend U.S. criminal jurisdiction in to U.S. citizens working abroad as federal contractors or employees. Leahy and Price introduced similar legislation in the last congressional session. However, that attempt died in committee… Read More

March 10, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-up, February 19 – March 8

This is the third of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Will the Internet Taint a Loughner Verdict? Is it impossible for accused Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner to get a fair trial because jurors will inevitably be looking… Read More

February 25, 2011

Big Boeing Award, New Rules Won’t End DOD Conflicts of Interest

After a decade of delays and embarrassing missteps, on February 24 the Air Force awarded one of the largest contracts in military history, a $35 billion deal to build nearly 200 giant airborne refueling tankers, to the Chicago-based Boeing Company. At one point, the Air Force had awarded the contract to a team composed of… Read More

January 11, 2011

It’s Not Just the Conviction — It’s Also the Consequences

Attention: top executives in the healthcare industry. Take heed, or you could be forced to seek employment in a different industry, as three former top executives at Purdue Pharma recently found out. In May 2007, Purdue Frederick, a subsidiary of Purdue Pharma L.P., pleaded guilty to felony misbranding of its painkiller drug, Oxycontin, as part… Read More

November 24, 2010

Who Woke the Sleeping SBA?

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the Small Business Administration is now on the hunt to ferret out bad actors that wrongly take advantage of government programs under its direction. The SBA is notorious for sitting on its hands when it comes to enforcing compliance by companies that claim to qualify under its… Read More

November 5, 2010

Settlement Indicates Widespread Abuse of SBA Preference Programs

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice settled a case with a Maryland company that shows, yet again, how common it is for companies to abuse the preference programs that the Small Business Administration runs. In this case, it was the SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program that was the target. Beltsville, Md.-based CSI… Read More

November 3, 2010

GTSI Settlement Could Mark Crackdown on Contracting Abuses

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced a tough settlement with GTSI Corp., one of the nation’s largest government contractors. GTSI, which had been accused of improperly obtaining contracts that are meant for small businesses, avoided a one-year suspension from new work for the federal government. But two of its top executives are stepping down,… Read More