Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is a United States federal agency established in 1953 by the Small Business Act. The SBA is dedicated to assisting and supporting small business and entreprenuers. The SBA... more +
The Small Business Administration is a United States federal agency established in 1953 by the Small Business Act. The SBA is dedicated to assisting and supporting small business and entreprenuers. The SBA carries out its mission through a variety of programs including providing financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities and armed forces veterans. less -
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Legal Landscape: SBA Expands the WOSB/EDWOSB Contract Program, Importance of the Economic Loss Rule and Self-Reporting Requirement...

Welcome to the fourth edition of Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2016 #2

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT - Overtime Final Rule - The Department of Labor issued its final overtime rule which updates the salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional (“white collar”)...more

Eight Principles You Should Know When Negotiating Your Teaming Agreement

As the saying goes, “two heads are better than one.” This statement often applies to government contracting, where contractors frequently work together in joint ventures or prime and subcontractor teams to bid on and perform...more

OHA Says Mentor-Protégé Affiliation Exemption Does NOT Excuse Program-Specific Requirements for SDVOSB Joint Ventures

SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals recently issued a surprising decision finding that the mentor-protégé affiliation exemption does not excuse program-specific requirements for SDVOSB joint ventures. OHA agreed with SBA’s...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Second Quarter 2016

Government Contracting - LESSONS LEARNED FROM PROTESTS INVOLVING “LATE” PROPOSALS - Most, if not all, proposals for government contracts are submitted electronically, whether by email or through a third...more

Why the SBA doesn’t like your power of attorney form: An estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with...

This article will review the second of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are in compliance with federal regulations if you are an SBA certified, economically-disadvantaged small...more

FY2015 Procurement Scorecard: Another “A” for the Government

Yesterday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released its annual small business procurement “report card,” identifying how the federal government as whole and major federal agencies measured up in terms of meeting their...more

The GAO’s Report on Contracting with ANC-Owned 8(a) Firms And Its Potential Impact on Tribally-Owned 8(a) Firms

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report, titled “Alaska Native Corporations: Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Limit SBA’s Ability to Monitor Compliance with 8(a) Program Requirements.” The report...more

Decision: Agencies Are Not Required to Accept Size Standards Increased After Solicitation is Issued

Recently, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued the decision in Orion Construction Co. v. United States, No. 15-1505C (Fed. Cl. April 1, 2016) which is a cautionary tale for all small business offerors regarding the risk of...more

Why the SBA doesn’t like your joint trust: A common estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government...

It is common for business owners to have different attorneys for their estate planning needs and their business law needs – sometimes, the two attorneys don’t even work for the same law firm. This article will review the...more

SBA’s New Itvar Size Rule

OVERVIEW - - History and proposed changes to SBA’s ITVAR size rule - What is SBA’s new ITVAR size rule? - Understanding the nonmanufacturer rule and waivers - What should ITVARs do now Please see...more

SBA Announces SBIC Model Limited Partnership Agreement Version 3.0

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced posting of the Model Debenture SBIC Limited Partnership Agreement 3.0....more

Increased Suspensions and Debarments Bring Challenges for Small Business Contractors

Newly released Department of Defense statistics show that the number of suspension and debarment actions initiated by defense agencies continue to rise, in some cases significantly. For example, in fiscal year 2015, the...more

TFTEA – Export Focus

In earlier editions of our Alert, we first summarized the new law, then addressed the intellectual property rights changes it contained, and most recently covered the organizational structure. Now, we turn to the export...more

Update to SBA’s New ITVAR Size Rule

Back in February, we wrote about SBA’s new size rule for IT value-added resellers (“ITVARs”) and the major ramifications of the new rule. The rule requires ITVARs to comply with the nonmanufacturer rule when reselling IT...more

Amendments to the FAR on Tracking Corporate Performance, Representations, and Certifications

Recently, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) was amended to better track corporate performance of affiliated companies. In short, this is rule is likely designed to combat entities that had issues performing federal...more

In a Major Win for Women Owned Businesses, SBA Expands WOSB/EDWOSB-Eligible Industry List

On March 3, 2016, the SBA announced that it has expanded the list of industries in which a contract can be set-aside for women-owned small businesses (“WOSB”) or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2016

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Underrepresented Industries Identified, Expansion, and Spending Goals Met for WOSB Program - On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the results of a...more

Women Owned Small Business Regulations Update

Women Owned Small Business Contracting Program with the designated NAICS Codes thatqualify for WOSBs were announced in the federal register today. Effective today. In order to carry out the Women-Owned Small Business Federal...more

WOSBs: $17.8 Billion in FY15 Spending and MORE NAICS Codes!

On March 2, 2016, SBA announced that federal government spending in FY 2015 met the 5% spending goal for WOSBs. According to the SBA, 5.05% or $17.8 billion of all federal small business eligible contracting dollars were...more

Five Reasons to File a Size Protest

Small business government contractors are sometimes resistant to the idea of filing size protests against their competitors. How much time and effort will it take? Is there enough evidence? Will the agency be offended? These...more

Update on SBA Regulations

On February 9, 2016, John Klein and Christine Williams spoke about the upcoming Small Business Administration regulation changes to a crowd of around 500 or so people at the National 8(a) Conference in Orlando, Florida....more

Time for A Check Up of Your Firm's Compliance with Government Contracting Standards

Some of you may recall that, back in the 1970s, the legendary actor John Wayne appeared in public service announcements urging people to undergo a “check-up.” Now that the New Year has begun, it is a good time for small...more

What You Should Know About the SBA’s New Size Standards

Next week, increased size standards for small business concerns will take effect across hundreds of industries, enabling some businesses to now qualify as small and become eligible for a number of federal procurement...more

Comments on Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned...

Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) above-referenced advance notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPR”), issued December 18, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 78,984....more

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