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What happens to federal set-aside contracts when the owner of the government contractor passes away?

Posted on November 26, 2016
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) have multiple programs where federal contracts can be “set-aside” for companies owned by certain classifications of persons. But what happens to those set-aside contracts when the certified owner of the company passes away, and someone different (such as a surviving spouse or child) becomes ... CONTINUE READING

FAQ about Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Amendment re: Non-Retaliation for Employee Disclosure of Compensation Information

Posted on September 30, 2016
Why Should I Care About this Amendment? The federal government is mandating another disclosure to your employees, and adding new language to your government contracts. Issue Date: September 30, 2016 Summary of the Amendment: Interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) “to provide for a uniform policy for the Federal Government to prohibit Federal ... CONTINUE READING

Why the SBA doesn’t like your power of attorney form: An estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government contracts

Posted on April 30, 2016
This article will review the second of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are in compliance with federal regulations if you are an SBA certified, economically-disadvantaged small business (8a), woman-owned small business (WOSB/EDWOSB), or an SBA or VA certified veteran-owned small business (VOSB/SDVOSB). I previously discussed how ... CONTINUE READING

Why the SBA doesn’t like your joint trust: A common estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government contracts

Posted on April 14, 2016
It is common for business owners to have different attorneys for their estate planning needs and their business law needs – sometimes, the two attorneys don’t even work for the same law firm. This article will review the first of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are ... CONTINUE READING

Attorney Adam Zuwerink Partners with JDSupra Business Advisor

Posted on February 2, 2016
Attorney Adam Zuwerink and West Michigan Law are excited to partner with JDSupra Business Advisor in 2016 for the publication and dissemination of our original content, specifically tailored to our branded “GovCon Legal Services” focused on small business entities that contract with governmental entities. JDSupra is the leading information curator for content creators focused on the legal community, delivering daily content ... CONTINUE READING

Lessons from the DOD Procurement Management Review Program Annual Newsletter

Posted on January 25, 2016
The Department of Defense Procurement Management Review Team is tasked with analyzing and assisting the effectiveness of the DOD’s procurement and contracting function. The PMR team recently released its second annual newsletter highlighting their observations, best practices, and lessons learned, which can be applied across all federal departments and the private sector. “It All Comes Down ... CONTINUE READING

Ami Gongalski and Adam Zuwerink Receive CFMC and CCCM Certifications from NCMA

Posted on November 6, 2015
West Michigan Law, P.C. is proud to announce that Manager Ami Gongalski earned certification from the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) as a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), and Attorney Adam Zuwerink earned certification as a Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM). The NCMA professional certification program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, ... CONTINUE READING

Another Crack in the WOSB Glass Ceiling

Posted on June 2, 2014
The federal government admitted they fell short in awarding women-owned small businesses their “piece of the government contracting pie.” In 2012, the federal government awarded only $16.1 billion in federal contracts to women-owned small businesses (WOSB).  Attention is turning toward WOSBs on many levels, as the government puts a plan in place to fix this ... CONTINUE READING