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  • Cybersecurity Federal Acquisition Regulation Clauses in Government Contracts
      by HG.org

    When contracting with the federal government in a business deal, the Federal Acquisition Regulation has strict standards in cybersecurity and measures to protect data. It is essential to adhere to these rules to retain and acquire the contract for business deals and to ensure revenue is prospering for both the company and the agency.

  • Drug Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Not Safe with Safety Valve

    As any federal criminal law practitioner knows, there are a daunting set of mandatory minimum offenses in the federal law that trump any other sentencing provisions. The most common of the mandatory minimum offenses are for drug offenses.

  • Importance of Small Business Subcontracting Plans
      by HG.org

    Small businesses work with subcontractors and contractors to ensure projects are completed on time and through various tasks delegated as needed based on the size and scope of the duties. Some small businesses are able to maintain subcontracting plans and work with other companies with programs and projects that exceed $700,000 in total.

  • New STAAR Test Guidelines Issued in Texas in the Wake of Harvey

    Harvey disrupted a great many aspects of Texas life, not the least of which was education. Many schools in the area affected by Texas were closed for days or even weeks, and some students were required to continue their learning at other schools as the ones they had attended underwent repairs.

  • SBA Proposes New Rules for Office of Hearings and Appeals to Contemplate CVE Appeals and Protests
      by HG.org

    New rules have been proposed to enable contractors the ability to file protests with the Small Business Administration Office of Hearing and Appeals in order to challenge the Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business or the Veteran Owned Small Business status of the company in the VetBiz database. These rules would permit a contractor to appeal a denial. When the rules have been finalized and implemented, there will be more protections in place for the SDVOSBs and VOSBs. This will also consolidate eligibility requirements for the SDVOSB as mandated by Congress. The regulations were published in the current Federal Register for SBA’s proposals and rules on September 28, 2017. The rules that have been proposed for changes are in two categories of Centers for Veteran Enterprises protests and appeals. This is to protest certain aspects of these businesses and rules as well as appeal when a denial for inclusion has been received by a veteran or service-disabled veteran.

  • Can Suing the U.S. Attorney General Make Medical Marijuana Legal?

    Alexis Bortell is a 12 year old girl who suffers from epilepsy. Most of her life she experienced frequent seizures and the treatments she used did not alleviate her symptoms. Then the family doctor in Texas suggested they try cannabis.

  • Executive Order Implements Domestic Preference for Federal Procurement and Federally-Funded Projects
      by HG.org

    Domestic preferences in having American made products for contracts and federally-funded projects could disrupt the sales, increase prices and lead to difficult overseas relationships. However, it is possible to increase business and sales within the country when only those manufactured and distributed in the United States are procured.

  • Domestic Products Preferred in Contracts with the Federal Government
      by HG.org

    During certain Presidential Administrations, there are certain preferences in domestic products for contracts awarded to businesses that work for or with the federal government. When these preferences are made, the business and employees have a greater responsibility to ensure that products, materials and resources are not outsourced but processed through domestic businesses and clients.

  • How Contractors Can Prepare for a Government Shutdown
      by HG.org

    If a contractor with a project has already begun work, he or she may need to implement additional measures in case there is a government shutdown that causes the delay or termination of the job. When the government shuts down because the budget or other situations cannot be resolved, this leads to delays, the end of work for some and severe complications for others.

  • Drafting Protest Provisions in Teaming Agreements
      by HG.org

    Drafting and negotiating provisions in teaming agreements can be complex in many situations. These agreements attempt to address the duties, responsibilities and roles of the parties in the event that a protest arises and are often part of many federal contracts.


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