Wednesday, December 2, 2009

5th Annual Government Contract and Construction Law conference, October 1-2, 2009

-Reported by Alvin Edenshaw, Haida Corporation President

Patton Boggs put together a very good 8(a) workshop. The workshops were set up in tracks so that one could attend different sessions. 101 track session, government contract compliance

During the opening address the Hon. Gov. Sean Parnell talked about the need to work hand-in-hand with federal and state.

(A). What government contract rules and principles are important

1. Contract terms and conditions
2. SBA reporting requirements
3. Good business ethics and practices.

(B) compliance generally process;

1. Reference materials
2. Record keeping and review
3. Leadership for management.

(C) compliance really can help grow the business in many ways.

(1) avoid unnecessary mistakes audit and expenses.
(2) use compliance as a sword
(3) helps management understand the business and the rules that govern procurement.

(C) Essential Government contract substantive Compliance Issues; (1) performance and contract requirements
(2) rules regarding gift gratuities and employment
(3) competing for and receiving contracts fairly.

Track construction; teaming joint venturing and subcontracting. Focus on certain SBA requirements, there was also a brief discussion of the service disabled veteran owned small businesses SBA 8(a) program basic element of Eligibility and compliance requirements, controls and best practices for 8(a) companies and their ANC partner.(D) intellectual properties; focus on key issues particularly as they relate to government contracts.(1) basics of copyrights patents and trademarks (2) basic tool support for protecting your intellectual properties. (3) who owns what, e-mail information and
documents on the company computer and spyware software. Track session: ANC Board responsibilities of federal contracting and under the SBA 8(a) program. (A) this session address the following questions,(1) what responsibilities do the ANC's parent boards have in connection with the management of their 8(A) subsidiary.(2) what should ANC Board members know about the 8(a) Program in order to fulfill their responsibilities.
What are the pros and cons of using holding companies to own and manage 8(a) subsidiaries. Common wage and hour pitfalls examine some key basic employment and wage and hour issues (a) misclassification of nonexempt employees(B) who is actually a supervisor(C) daily rate(D) common mistakes that cause loss of exempt status.

These are just some of the highlights of the workshops I attended.

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