Contractor Settlements Highlight Small Biz Compliance Risks

By Habib Ilahi and Eric Whytsell (August 18, 2021, 6:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Small Business Administration preference programs can be vital for small businesses trying to compete in the potentially lucrative world of U.S. government contracting, but participation in these programs is not without risk.

Indeed, the programs can be fraught with peril and contain many land mines for those who do not understand and diligently comply with applicable small business program requirements.

Most recently, according to a July 20 announcement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Sage Consulting Group Inc. and its president and majority owner, Robert Pleghardt, agreed to pay the U.S. $4.8 million to...

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