Settling into the new norm

To a remarkable degree, consulting firms have adjusted to the new norm under COVID-19 fairly well. The adage that “Necessity is the mother of invention” has been proven true in the last few months. All consulting firms were forced to reimagine and reorganize their business operations when the pandemic forced firms to shut down office... Continue Reading →

Federal funding opens soon for mitigation projects

While we wait for federal lawmakers to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package that may integrate clean energy infrastructure and a sustainable framework for climate change and resilience in the face of continued severe natural disasters, there’s another federal resource worthy of attention. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new program, Building Resilient Infrastructures... Continue Reading →

Recording videoconferences can create risk

Because of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the new normal for many design firms means using online video conferencing software. Most conferencing programs allow for easy recording and sharing of videos, creating an innovative tool for bringing others in on the conversation. But this function also raises a host of potential confidentiality, discovery,... Continue Reading →

If you received a PPP loan, be prepared for an audit

Audits of disbursements from public programs ensure that the funds have been used appropriately. Because the first round of funding in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was depleted so quickly—and many large businesses were approved for loans that were not needed or that were provided outside of the required processing—the Small Business Administration (SBA) is... Continue Reading →

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