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L2 Federal Resources to Host Webinar, "Small Business Size Determination: Identifying and Avoiding Affiliation Traps"


This course is a must for contractors, their counsel and compliance officers who require a deeper understanding of size status affiliation factors.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

Experts from Crowell & Moring, LLP will provide an overview of the affiliation rules and factors, and how they have been interpreted by the SBA.

SBA determines whether an entity qualifies as a small business concern by counting its receipts, employees, or other measure including those of all its domestic and foreign affiliates, regardless of whether the affiliates are organized for profit. The SBA's complex web of affiliation regulations presents numerous traps for the unwary, including both large and small businesses competing for any share of federal set-aside contracts. In the past two years, SBA's focus on enforcement (which means, in part, ensuring that SBA's programs benefit the entities for which they are designed) has increased scrutiny of company affiliation and resulted in the imposition of more severe penalties. As affiliation directly affects a contractor's status as a small business and its eligibility for award, contractors should ensure that they understand the rules, risks, and best teaming strategies – BEFORE forming business relationships and submitting proposals. This webinar will provide insight into how these regulations impact bid strategies and teaming relationships, including how best to balance compliance with the SBA restrictions against the often-competing interests of a procuring agency in such areas as past performance, experience, and financial resources. Contractors attending the webinar will also learn important steps that they can take to mitigate affiliation factors and assess a potential teaming partner's or competitor's status and vulnerability to a size protest.

The 90-minute webinar, entitled “Small Business Size Determination: Identifying and Avoiding Affiliation Traps" is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, at 1:00 PM Eastern.
To register, follow this link: Small Business Size Determination: Identifying and Avoiding Affiliation Traps

Addressing webinar attendees will be Amy O'Sullivan, Partner and Alexina Jackson, Associate, in the Washington DC office of Crowell and Moring.

Amy O'Sullivan is a partner in the Washington, DC law office of Crowell & Moring LLP. Her practice involves a mix of litigation and counseling for clients of all sizes and levels of experience as government contractors. She represents clients in litigation ranging from bid protests, size protests, Board of Contracts Appeals claims, prime-subcontractor disputes, and Defense Base Act litigation before U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judges and Benefits Review Board. Ms. O'Sullivan also specializes in the unique issues confronting small businesses as well as those arising in connection with teaming and contracting with small businesses, including navigating the SBA's regulations. Ms. O'Sullivan is the contributing editor of West's “Government Contracts Bid Protests: A Practical and Procedural Guide,” and she is the course instructor for the Federal Publications seminar on Bid Protests. Ms. O'Sullivan was named by Law360 as a “Rising Star” in Government Contracts for 2012

Alexina Jackson is an associate in the Washington, DC law office of Crowell & Moring LLP. She joined the firm in 2007 as a member of the Government Contracts and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice groups. Alexina has specialized her practice in Government Contracts with particular attention to litigation, investigations, and compliance counseling. Alexina has litigated a variety of claims against the government and has also defended government and qui tam False Claims Act matters. She has litigated matters in a variety of fora, including Federal appellate and district courts and Boards of Contract Appeals. Alexina joined Crowell & Moring from University of Maryland School of Law, magna cum laude, order of the coif. She has undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa.

Following this presentation, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing material covered in the webinar.
Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price.
To register, follow this link: Small Business Size Determination: Identifying and Avoiding Affiliation Traps

L2 Federal Resources provides expert-led training and education for the government contracting community. The company hosts several webinars on government contracting topics every month and offers downloadable recordings of past webinars at The company also blogs on government contracting topics at L2 is on Twitter at @L2FedResources.

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