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SBA Proposes Consolidation of Federal Contracting Assistance Mentor-Protégé Programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed a rule of merging two of its current federal contracting assistance programs, the 8(a) Business Development Mentor-Protégé Program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, in order to eliminate confusion and remove unnecessary duplication of functions within the SBA. The 8(a) Program is for small businesses owned by […]

What Is the Purpose of a Lady Bird Deed?

Many individuals wish to pass their property down to their heirs without probate. One way to do this is with a life estate deed where the owner retains possession of the property while they (or another person) are alive, and then another person becomes the fee simple owner of the property. However, this type of […]

EB-5 News: Double or Nothing for Foreign Investors

USCIS recently raised the stakes for foreigner investors hoping to gain permanent residence status in the United States through the EB-5 program with a new rule announcement. Starting November 21, 2019, foreign applicants to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program will be required to invest $900,000 in a “targeted employment area” (TEA), a sharp increase from […]

The 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Is Ready For Applications – Are You?

The Department of State (DOS) will be taking applications for the 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program beginning 12:00 pm (ET) on October 2, 2019, and will continue until 12:00 pm (ET) on November 5, 2019.  According to the DOS, 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available this year. If you are seeking a Diversity Visa […]

Goodbye DUNS, Hello SAMMI

In November 2020, DUNS will be replaced by the Sam Managed Identifier (SAMMI) which will also be known as the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). While the DUNS was proprietary to Dun and Bradstreet, the new number will now be owned by the Government.  This will allow for this service to be competitively sought in the […]

Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) Solicitations Severely Restricted

On October 1, 2019 a new Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) provision 215.101-2-70 will go into effect which significantly limits a Contracting Officers ability to use a Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) solicitation.  The LPTA process prioritizes cost over technical capability and allows the agency to make an award to the lowest-priced offeror that […]

FedBizOpps is Undergoing a Transition

The Federal Business Opportunities website (FBO.gov), along with all the other government wide acquisition systems managed by the Integrated Award Environment, is being modernized and consolidated under the “beta.SAM.gov” system. This consolidation will provide not only better security, data quality and convenience for users, but will also reduce barriers for doing business with the government, […]

Foreign-owned companies must have U.S. employer identification number

Can someone who is not an American citizen, or a resident of the U.S., form a corporation or LLC in Florida or any other state? The answer is yes. There is no requirement that the owners of an entity registered in the U.S. are American citizens or residents of this country.  However, all U.S. registered […]

Companies Must be Cybersecurity Compliant – Department of Defense (DoD) Proposes New Certification Process

At the recent National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Procurement Division Meeting, Ms. Katie Arrington, the Special Assistant for Cybersecurity to the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment, updated attendees on DoD’s new approach to addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  She stated the DoD will no longer compromise cybersecurity over performance, cost or scheduling in government contracts.  […]

How to Avoid Shareholder Disputes

In a perfect world, businesses would run seamlessly, shareholders would always agree on decisions, and there would never be legal actions based on claims between and among those who hold shares in the same enterprise. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world, and shareholder disputes are unfortunately a reality in many companies, large […]

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