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Q: Are there any laws codified about government contracts' regulations? Where would I find them?

Timur Akpinar answered on Sep 22, 2018

New York State Empire State Development has a section on its website for government contracting resources. They might be a practical starting point for information about New York statutes and regs. They have offices in New York City, Albany, and Buffalo. On the federal level, the GSA (General... Read more »

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Q: Does the government have size requirements for businesses to become contractors or can any small business pursue that

route to make money?

Timur Akpinar answered on Sep 5, 2018

The government encourages small businesses. See https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/small-business-administration, which is the website for the Small Business Administration. They provide information and resources for small businesses and maintain field offices in several locations throughout New... Read more »

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Q: Need Statute of limitations, tolling, and union-related info for breach of contract case in New York.

Hello, I'm a teacher in the NYC public school system and am suing the Dept. of Education. It's a breach of contract case: non-payment of monies connected with a raise I should have received upon being hired. I got this raise 4 years out and am trying to recoup the retro monies over that period. The... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Dec 2, 2017

Wow. You really should retain private counsel but probably already know that most of us will ask for a substantial retainer to get involved past the 11th hour with these facts.

Yours is no easy case.

As a union member the collective bargaining agreement is key. All members are...
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Q: If a government contract specifies they want a certain number of people in my business and accept my proposal based on

that, what happens if one of my employees later gives notice and quits?

Barry Eran Janay answered on Oct 19, 2017

Hire a replacement. Am I missing something? Feel free to email me if you want to discuss further.

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Q: In NY State, in the public sector unionized workplaces, how do the parties (workers and employers) enforce their rights?

James Francis Barna Esq answered on Oct 9, 2017

This is a very broad question that can be answered in many ways, but broadly in New York there is legislation (the Taylor Law) that sets up a system of procedures and protections for public sector employers and employees. Under this system, employees have to serve a probationary period after they... Read more »

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Q: What is the Federal Acquisition Regulation and how does it affect businesses that want to bid on government contracts?

Barry Eran Janay answered on Sep 20, 2017

It's a set of standards for RFP's, bids , vendors, etc. Yes, you need to follow it. Reach out to me privately if you have more questions.

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Q: What is the process by which to ensure my company can bid on government construction contracts? Do I need to get a

lawyer?

Barry Eran Janay answered on Sep 1, 2017

No lawyer is needed, every locale has it's own procurement / RFP rules. A lawyer can come in handy if you lose and the bidding was unfair or rigged.

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Q: Are there any special laws or requirements that relate to government contracts that don't exist for civilian businesses?

Barry Eran Janay answered on Aug 9, 2017

Governmental entities usually have guidelines / rules that they must follow when selecting a vendor. Each local, state, Federal agency and even divisions within may have unique rules they are supposed to follow. The only real guiding principle is that their actions will be voided if they are... Read more »

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Q: Do I have to register my business someplace in order to compete for government contracts?

Barry Eran Janay answered on Jul 24, 2017

You should form an LLC and you may need some licenses. With government contracts they will disqualify you for all sorts of reasons so you should be a properly formed entity.

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Q: I went through the bid process but it didn't seem fair to me - is there any way to file a complaint?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 1, 2017

What was unfair exactly? You might be able to file a complaint. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and... Read more »

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Q: What are the rules for getting certified as a minority owned business?

Barry Eran Janay answered on Jun 12, 2017

Definition of a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)

Under Article 15-A of the Executive Law, an MBE is a business enterprise in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, operated and controlled by citizens or permanent resident aliens who are meeting the ethnic definitions...
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Q: Can owner of project demand me to credit part of job based on payment schedule G703 form.

I am doing a 12 building government funded rent subsidized project. Owner rejected extra cost for work on 1 buildin arch. missed and went and hired another electrician to do extra and my work (part of my contract). Owner wants me to credit him the amount on on payment of schedules G703 form which... Read more »

Barry Eran Janay answered on May 23, 2017

The short answer is that you have to carefully look at the contract and scrutinize the obligations each of you have. The long answer begins with "it depends..." Basically the rules of contract law will government, when there is a breach each side has a duty to mitigate damages / losses.... Read more »

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Q: Who qualifies as a preferred source for contracts?

Barry Eran Janay answered on May 17, 2017

Depends on the jurisdiction / locale (town, municipality, county, state) and department that issued the RFP.

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Q: What does it mean to be a preferred source when it comes to purchases by the state

Barry Eran Janay answered on May 2, 2017

While it depends by each specific jurisdiction, generally speaking a preferred source or vendor has a contract with the municipality or governmental entity and the various departments can use those vendors without needing to be concerned about conflicts of interest for example or that they will... Read more »

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Q: How do I report infractions for a sub-contractor on a government contract.

Barry Eran Janay answered on Apr 8, 2017

I'm not sure if this is a trick question.... Wouldn't you just contact the Dept. of Buildings?

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Q: What qualifies as a small business for government contracting purposes?

Barry Eran Janay answered on Feb 24, 2017

Completely depends on the government entities definition that they are using.

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Q: Is bid security or bonding mandated for all NYC contract bids?

Barry Eran Janay answered on Feb 6, 2017

It says whether or not it is on the bid requests themselves, if my memory serves me correctly I've never seen one that did not. Hope that helps.

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Q: What are the laws about awarding government contracts to minority firms?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 27, 2017

It depends on what type of government contract you're forming. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and... Read more »

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Q: If we win a government contract but the congress shuts down,

will we get paid for the time the government is out of business?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 24, 2017

Check the terms of your contract. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of... Read more »

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Q: I have a construction contract with the feds and they just issued a change order without consulting me.

Can they do that?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 24, 2017

Check the terms of your contract. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of... Read more »

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