Federal Super 8a Lawyers & ANC Native American Government ContractsA Unique Set of Lawyers and Consultants for a Unique Set of Federal Procurement Laws 

When it comes to federal contracts for Native American small businesses and tribally-owned businesses with Super 8a Status, most companies understand the unique advantages of being able to do Native American Contracting. Yet,  many Super 8 a government contractors find themselves either not generating enough revenues or unfortunately facing costly legal mistakes when performing federal contracts. At Watson & Associates, LLC, we offer a boutique size law firm that can guide super 8a contractors through the various hurdles and nuances of 8a Native American owned business certification.

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When it comes to federal Native American contracting for federal government goods and services, the procurement legal system can be intimidating and tricky. Many federal contractors that are small disadvantaged businesses understand that contractors with super 8a status have unique statutory rights such as rights to sole-source contracts under the SBA 8(a) Certification Program. Hence, the term “Super 8 a.”

There are some Native American 8a companies that have yet to receive large contracts. Having super 8a status does not mean that the SBA simply gives you contracts, you still have to strategically position yourself to secure work. At Watson & Associates, LLC we bring over 30 years of combined federal government contracting experience to the table.

  • Get help making sure that you are in compliance with SBA regulations and small business laws.
  • Make sure that your organization does not make the headlines for criminal fraud against the government.
  • Learn how the competition takes advantage of proven strategies that get them contracts while you may still struggle.
  • Learn how to build teaming and mentor protege relationships that increase your bottom line.

Native American Federal Contract Attorney Representation and Consulting Services

  • Procurement Litigation and Arbitration
  • Contract Claims Preparation (Including CPARS)
  • Ethics Compliance in the 8a program 
  • False Claims Act Defense (FCA)
  • GSA Schedule and Commercial Item Contracts
  • Government Contract Terminations
  • Export Controls: ITAR, EAR, Sanctions
  • Business Development and Strategy for 8a contract opportunities
  • Intellectual Property Protection/Data Rights
  • Teaming Relationships and JV Vetting
  • Federal Government Investigations
  • Addressing SBA 8a Program Matters
  • Contract Negotiations

How can we help: With law offices in Washington, DC and Colorado,  our Federal Native American government contracts lawyers work with CEOs and executive management to assess their current business practices, revamp ineffective strategies and to develop future efforts based upon solid data.

Native American 8a Government Contracts Consulting Services

In addition to our vast practice areas, we offer assistance with:

  • Strategic business development and relationships for 8a contract opportunities
  • Serving as outside legal counsel for 8a Native American contracting services
  • SBA 8a contracting regulations and small business compliance
  • Teaming arrangements and joint venturing
  • Positioning for Native American sole source contract benefits
  • Asset purchase sales and novations
  • FAR Compliance and statutory interpretation
  • Bid protests and Litigation
  • Small Business Administration (SBA 8a Program) and litigation at the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals

Congress has put the Small Business Act’s Section 8(a) Business Development program in place to promote economic development for American Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations (ANC 8a ). When certified as an eligible SBA 8(a) participant,  tribally-owned small Native American businesses can secure federal government contracts under unique terms that the traditional small business cannot.

Although Super 8a contractors have what some would call superior sole source power, there is still some imbalance in the numbers of awards. At Watson & Associates, LLC our federal contract and Native American government contracting lawyers help with a variety of legal issues that can arise. These include teaming arrangements and joint venture agreements, the SBA Mentor Protege regulations, bid protests both at the GAO and Court of Federal Claims. If there are more advance appeal cases at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, our attorneys can help.

Frequently, when a specific case about Native American owned business certification is reviewed by an experienced government contracts attorney, potential causes and agency mistakes that can lead to the lacking business revenues become somewhat obvious. With certain approaches and balancing with the possibility of creating jobs and revenues for the Native American communities, some Native American 8a companies can improve their position in federal contracting. With law offices in Washington, DC and Colorado, our law firm is uniquely positioned to help.  Call our Federal Contract Attorneys and Consultants Today.

Native American Sole Source Contracts, Teaming Agreement & Affiliation Rules.and Joint Venture Relationships

Native American government contracts regulations offer very unique abilities to small businesses certified in the SBA (Program). However, there are SBA OHA cases where tribal 8(a) companies have been found to violate SBA affiliation rules. Although its difficult to protest Native American sole source contracts and other awards, tribal and ANC 8(a) companies can also develop certain policies and controls that would minimize adverse actions by the government.

FAR small business bid protest regulations COFC and GAO lawyersDevelop a unique approach to teaming and joint venture relationships. Native American 8a contractors, although aware of the various SBA regulations and FAR rules allowing for teaming and joint venturing, still do not maximize the potential for teaming and joint ventures.

Building Relationships With Super 8(a) Native American Government Contractors

As government contract consultants and lawyers, Watson understands the need for non-Native American small businesses who want to build relationships with ANC and tribally owned businesses. We help to bridge the gap given the unique set of rules that apply. When it comes to Native American sole source contracts, some federal contracting agencies are still reluctant to award if they suspect performance risks without the proper teaming partners or subcontractor relationships. Let our federal contract experts help. Get a Free Initial Consultation Today.

 Bid Protests and SBA Small Business Litigation, and Appeals

EXPERIENCE LITIGATING IN VIRTUALLY FEDERAL CONTRACTING COURTS

Although many large Native American contracting entities may have internal legal counsel, sometimes a favorable decision involving Native American contracting and receiving sole source contracts issues can surface from outside counsel that understand both the government’s position and the contractor’s position. At Watson, Native American attorneys our ANC 8a and Tribal government contract law lawyers frequently practice before courts such as the Government Accountability Office (GAO), U.S. Court of Federal Claims, US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the SBA in size protest and affiliation disputes, and the various Boards of Contract Appeals.

Sometimes issues arise in protest against agency award and evaluation decisions where protestors are not aware of price preferences in full and open competition or the ability for Native tribes as government contractors to use special rules on teaming and subcontracting.

  • We serve as intervenor attorneys for Native American contracting issues or bid protest lawyers for corporate contracting entities at all levels.

 Given the special regulations, some tribal entities, or Alaskan Native Corporations (ANC) may sometimes experience challenges to their qualifications in sole sourcing and small business set-asides. Our Native American lawyers for federal contracts can help.

FAR COMPLIANCE AND AVOIDING ADVERSE CONTRACTING OFFICER AND SBA ADVERSE DECISION.

 Given the increased level of contractor scrutiny, government agencies are more adept to investigate Native American 8a Program companies for compliance,  False Claims Act Violations, and procurement law violations. 

GOVERNMENT CONTRACT DISPUTES ACT & CONTRACT CLAIMS

 Develop adequate contract claims documents and improve your chances of getting paid early. Many federal contractors still have a difficult time getting paid for work performed. More cases also dismissed for failure to follow the rightful claims dispute regulations. Watson’s Native American attorneys can assist with:

  • Contract claims preparation and submission
  • Requests for Equitable Adjustments
  • Claims appeal after final contracting officer determination

CALL OUR SUPER 8 A LAWYERS AND NATIVE AMERICAN CONTRACTING ATTORNEYS

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To maximize your 8(a) certification opportunities and successfully build the teaming and joint venture relationships to avoid adverse action and Super 8 a litigation, call our Native American government contracts lawyers at  Watson & Associates, LLC today. 

Call 202-827-9750 or 1-866-601-5518 Toll Free.