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Joe Whitcomb

Joe Whitcomb
Joe Whitcomb is the founder and president of Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC (WSM). In addition, he manages the firm and heads up the Government Procurement and International Business Transactions Law sections. As a result of his military service as a U.S. Army Ranger and as a non-commissioned officer in the Air Force, he learned mission accomplishment. While serving in the Air Force, he earned his Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and a Master’s in International Relations. His Master’s emphasis was on National Security and International Political Economics. After his military career, Joe attended law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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VA’s Intent to Offer Contracts for VOSBs Leads to Contention

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Mar 11, 2020 9:03:52 AM

VA’s Intent to Offer Contracts for VOSBs Leads to Contention

Bayaud Enterprises, Inc. and SourceAmerica filed legal action against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2017.  Bayaud is a (JWOD) eligible service provider that had contracts to provide medical transportation services, mailroom operations, and switchboard services at VA facilities in Colorado.  SourceAmerica, a “central nonprofit agency,” represents 450 JWOD-eligible suppliers by helping them obtain, comply, with, and resolve contract disputes with federal agencies.  Bayaud and SourceAmerica filed a Complaint against the VA after it informed Bayaud and SourceAmerica’s client agencies that it would not renew its contracts after they expired.  These contracts were instead renewed with veteran-owned businesses under the Veteran’s Benefits, health Care, and Information Technology Act (VBA)

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Tags: VOSB

Can the IRS Take Your Passport for Unpaid Taxes?

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Aug 28, 2019 1:44:38 PM

On December 4th, 2015, the United States Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Soon after, the legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama. As is the case with many large transportation bills, this bill contained provisions that affected many unrelated areas of law.Most notably, the FAST Act contained a tax provision that has major consequences for those who owe a lot money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): If you have seriously delinquent tax debt, the United States federal government may now be able confiscate your passport. Here, our top-rated Colorado tax law attorneys explain when tax debt can cost you your U.S. passport.

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Tags: Tax Law

Is Your Resume Good Enough for CVE Verification?

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Aug 26, 2019 8:35:41 PM

There's much that can be learned from the Spartan Group, Inc's appeal of the Center for Verification and Evaluation's (CVE) decision regarding their Veteran owned small business status.  In January 2019, Mr. Kyle Muller, a service-disabled Veteran and 100% owner of the Spartan Group, Inc., applied for his company’s inclusion in the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs' (VA) VIP database. In his company’s application, Mr. Muller identified himself as both President and Secretary and Mr. Ray Douaire as the company’s Treasurer and as his personal mentor. He also included his resume in his application, which listed jobs as director of sales/project manager at Trusted Solutions Group, Inc.(TSG) where he purported to oversee a roofing contract, developed office buildout provisions, and “collaborated with other firms to procure contracts on behalf of TSG.” Mr. Muller listed other past work experience including warehouse manager at a large retail company and officer in the U.S. Navy. His educational background included a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

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Tags: Government Contracts, CVE

CVE Cancels Another SDVOSB for Incomplete Documentation

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Aug 25, 2019 4:48:04 PM

The U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs' Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) first verified RealSims on June 4, 2015 and then reverified the company on October 22, 2018.  At the time of initial and reverification, service-disabled Veteran Robert McGraw owned 98 percent of the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) company and his wife, Debra McGraw owned two percent.   In May 2018, RealSim executed a Letter of Intent to sell 49 percent of its membership interest to another company, Badger Technology Group, which was owned 50/50 by two non-veterans, Dan Wade and Ralf Persson. 

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Tags: Government Contracts, CVE

Companies Have 30 Days to Notify CVE of Any Structural Changes

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Aug 24, 2019 9:50:41 PM

On August 16, 2019, the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) denied Lachin Architect’s appeal from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans' Affairs' Center for Verification and Evaluation's (CVE) removal of their name from the CVE VIP database. The CVEfirst verified Lachin in January 2013 and reverified it in March 2015. In January 2018, the service-disabled Veteran, Michael Lachin, sold 20 percent of his shares to his nephew David Lachin.

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Tags: Government Contracts, CVE

Four Important Tax Considerations When Selling Your Business

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Jan 14, 2018 7:45:00 AM

Selling a small business can be  complicated. There are many things you need to consider in order to ensure that your legal rights and financial interests are adequately protected. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your specific small business, there is a chance that you could face a large tax bill as a result of the sale.

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Tags: Tax Law

Three Ways the New Tax Plan Could Affect You

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Jan 10, 2018 7:25:00 AM

As reported by Fox 31 Denver, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives recently revealed key details of their tax reform plan. While this tax plan may not be signed into law, at least in its current form, it has already passed an important procedural vote. While this bill overhauls key elements of the corporate tax code, it also affects individuals. As such, all American taxpayers should have a basic understanding of how this plan might impact their wallets. Here, our experienced Denver tax law attorneys highlight some of the key provisions and policy changes contained within the latest GOP tax reform legislation.

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Tags: Tax Law

Hurricane Recovery Contractors Get Emergency Authority

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Sep 28, 2017 10:47:00 AM

Several Federal agencies have implemented the following special emergency procurement authority and temporary national interest exemptions to assist with hurricane relief efforts:

  • To help streamline and expedite procurements, the General Services Administration (GSA) increased several special emergency procurement authority thresholds related to micro-purchases to $20,000 (up from $3,000).

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Tags: Government Contracts

NAICS Code Appeal Moot Due To Contract Officer Cancellation

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Sep 25, 2017 10:01:00 AM

In this case, the NAICS Code were appealed by The Bionetics Corporation, SBA No. NAICS-5829 (2017). This case concerns the Small Business Act of 1958. Recognizing the importance of free enterprise and competition, the Small Business Act requires the U.S. Government to assign a fair portion of contracts and purchases to small businesses. The Small Business Administration (SBA) and its Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) oversee the administration of the Small Business Act. The SBA uses size standards and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to define what qualifies as a small business.

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Tags: Government Contracts

The Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

Posted by Joe Whitcomb on Sep 21, 2017 8:09:00 AM

This case concerns the Small Business Act of 1958 and the size appeal of Bridgeway Professionals, Inc. SBA No. SIZ-5827 (2017). Recognizing the importance of free enterprise and competition, the Small Business Act requires the U.S. Government to assign a fair portion of contracts and purchases to small businesses. The Small Business Administration (SBA) and its Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) oversee the administration of the Small Business Act. The SBA uses size standards and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to define what qualifies as a small business.

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Tags: Government Contracts

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