Feds charge SF Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru with fraud

Federal authorities charged San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and high-profile restaurateur Nick Bovis with fraud Tuesday following a public corruption probe. The schemes involved an envelope of cash, fraudulent city contracts, improper gifts from a Chinese developer and a $2,000 bottle of wine, according to authorities. To read more, click here.

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to Prison for DBE Fraud Scheme

On November 6, 2019, Stamatios “Tom” Kousisis was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to 70 months’ imprisonment, 36 months’ supervised release, and $18,600 in fines and fees for his role in a multimillion dollar Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) fraud scheme. In August 2018, Kousisis, and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction, Inc. (Alpha), were found guilty of wire …

New York Painting Contractor Settles DBE Fraud Allegations

On October 31, 2019, Ahern Paining Contractors, Inc. (Ahern), of Woodside, New York, entered into a civil settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York. Ahern agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations of fraud connected to contracted work on two DOT-funded public works projects: the Federal Highway Administration–funded Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation Project and the …

Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Joint Venture Guidance

As guidance, this document sets forth the interpretations of the Department of Transportation of its existing legal authorities and the Department’s recommendations for carrying out the airport concessions disadvantaged business enterprise (ACDBE) program. https://www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise/airport-concession-disadvantaged-business-enterprise

File a Complaint with FTA

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has released instructions for how to file a complaint. FTA processes complaints under the following programs: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): prohibits discrimination based on disability Title VI: prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO): prohibits discrimination toward an employee or job applicant based on race, color, religion, national …

All ‘Native American’ DBE Certifications Under Review by DOT

The LA Times published an article by Paul Pringle and Adam Elmahrek, entitled “Minority contractors claiming to be ‘Native American’ to undergo nationwide review.” A portion of the article is listed below. Please see the LA Times for the full article. Federal, state and local authorities are intensifying scrutiny of minority contracting programs across the country in the wake of …

SB1 Increasing Opportunities for Small Business

SB1 was signed in 2017 and invests $54 billion over the next 10 years to improve and maintain California’s transportation infrastructure. This is a good news for small businesses (SBs), disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBEs), and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) because a trailer bill, SB103, now requires that Caltrans increase the dollar value of contracts and procurements awarded to SBs, …

SBA Office of Advocacy Submits Comments on Size Standards

On Aug. 22, Advocacy submitted the Small Business Administration’s proposed rule, Small Business Size Standards: Calculation of Annual Average Receipts. In the letter, Advocacy urges the SBA to revisit, revise, and re-publish for comment a supplemental initial regulatory flexibility analysis to ensure proper alternatives are discussed. View the letter here.

Independent Contractors in Question After California Employment Bill Passes

AB-5 Worker Status: Employees and Independent Contractors This bill is an act to amend the Labor Code and Unemployment Insurance Code following the decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 (Dynamex) regarding mis-classification of workers as independent contractors. Dynamex is a nationwide courier service employing drivers to make same-day deliveries. The …