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- SpaceX Wants $5 Million More for the Boca Chica Spaceport in Texas
SpaceX, which has been building a spaceport at Boca Chica near Brownsville, is asking the state of Texas for $5 million more to help pay for infrastructure related to the launch facility.
- Third-Party Software Licensing Agreements in Federal Contract Bids
To remain in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and properly handle federal contracts, the company must ensure that third-party software licensing agreements do not cause infringement or violations with the owner. To win a bid, the owner of a company cannot commit intellectual property offenses.
- Certification Issues for 8(a) Contractors Who Have Multiple Awards
Small businesses may have multiple awards that provided to subcontractors when they are eligible for program participation with certain jobs. There are various issues with these situations based on how large the program is and which companies and individuals are available for work with the projects to participate.
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for Small Business Owners
To remove, transport and eradicate waste, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act or RCRA was implemented for these controls and to ensure the small businesses are able to ensure the contaminants are removed from the premises. While there are federal regulations attached to the RCRA, the process permits hazardous waste removal and treatment at the small business site.
- SBA Proposes New Rules for Office of Hearings and Appeals to Contemplate CVE Appeals and Protests
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.
- Threat of Whistleblowers to Federal Contractors
Whistleblowers are often helpful in uncovering problems, laws broken, violations in regulations, and similar complications within a business. However, these persons are often a serious problem for companies with federal contracts, and this could lead to a loss of sales, dissolution of the business and severe penalties incurred.
- Executive Order Implements Domestic Preference for Federal Procurement and Federally-Funded Projects
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.
- Can the Government Make You Keep Your Invention a Secret Without Compensating You?
The government has suppressed many patents and other similar items in the name of national security, and this has created various problems for patent owners. However, knowing when the government is able to do so without compensating the owner is important, as there may be action that could be pursued when the process is not valid.
- How Contractors Can Prepare for a Government Shutdown
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
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.