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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 -

Meeting the Definition of a Small Business Concern Checklist

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A Checklist for existing or prospective federal government contractors to determine whether they can meet the definition of a small business concern (SBC) under the Small Business Act (SBA). This Checklist includes the...more

Important Small Business Eligibility Rules Go into Effect on May 25, 2018

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued a very important, but under-the-radar, “technical correction” to its regulations pertaining to recertification of a federal contractor’s status for Multiple Award...more

A New Bid Protest Timeliness Trap: Pre-Award Laches

On this blog, we frequently discuss the various timeliness traps that can undermine bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). A recent bid protest decision from the Court of Federal Claims addresses a...more

SBA Sneaks in Rule on Recertification

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a Direct Final Rule on March 26, 2018 that appears to address a specific holding of SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) related to small business recertification rules. ...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2018 #2

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Masstech, Richard Lee, and Arnold Lee to Pay U.S. $1.9 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating to Small Business Innovation Research Awards - Columbia-based MassTech,...more

Legislative Remedies for Surviving Midsize

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Back when you started your small business, and the very prospect of making payroll for the month was nerve-wracking, you probably never imagined that your company might actually become too successful. Now, as you get closer...more

April 2018 Bid Protest Roundup

This month’s roundup summarizes decisions from each of the bid protest venues: the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Court of Federal Claims (COFC or the Court), and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office...more

Recent SBA OHA Ruling Could Heat Up M&A Marketplace for Small Business Government Contractors

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Earlier this year, the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) ruled that recertification by a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (“SDVOSB”) following its acquisition by a...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2018

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Amendments Related to Sources of Electronic Parts - The Department of Defense (DoD) is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition...more

SBA Amends Its Recertification Rules, Effectively Overturning Recent OHA Case

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In a noteworthy decision earlier this year, the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) confirmed the broad nature of SBA’s general rule that a contractor maintains its size and...more

Big Changes Proposed to SBA's Size Standards Methodology

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Being and remaining a small business in the eyes of the government is one of the most important considerations for every federal contractor participating in small business set-aside programs. The rules of the contracting game...more

DoD IG Report: 11 of 14 IT Service Contracts Reviewed Were Not Properly Awarded

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General (DoD IG) recently published a nonstatistical sample of 14 Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) IT service contracts, valued at $72 million. The Report presented...more

SBA Seeks Information on Proposed Subcontractor Past Performance Pilot Program

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Past performance information is a key indicator of an offeror’s ability to successfully perform a contract and is required to be considered by agencies when making most types of contract awards. Many small businesses,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2018 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Tribal Consultation for Small Business HUBZone Program and Government Contracting Programs and Consolidation of Mentor Protégé Programs and Other Government Contracting Amendments - The...more

OHA Confirms Competitors Cannot Protest 8(a) Sole Source Awards

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In a decision issued on April 3, 2018, the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) confirmed competitors do not have standing to file size protests relating to 8(a) sole source awards. In Size Appeal of GovSmart, Inc., SBA...more

Multiple-Award Contracts - Path to Growth or Punishment for Success?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Published by Set-Aside Alert Newsletter: Size and status representations for task orders issued under MultipleAward Contracts (MAC) and schedules have become a controversial and complex issue. Generally, the Small Business...more

Changes to HUBZone Ownership Requirements

The SBA issued a final rule on March 26, 2018, implementing changes flowing from the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (“NDAA 2018”). The rule takes effect on May 25, 2018. One of the major changes relates to the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2018 #4

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - FAR Class Deviation for Enhanced Debriefings - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a FAR class deviation last Thursday for enhanced debriefings in light of Section 818 of the FY2018 NDAA (NDAA...more

OHA Clarifies Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

At the end of last year, the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) issued a decision that further clarified the “ostensible subcontractor” rule. This rule may result in affiliation when a small...more

HUBZone Maps Will Be Frozen Until December 2021

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has made changes to the HUBZone maps to implement the new changes from the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (“NDAA”). In December, we wrote about the changes to...more

Spring 2018 SBIC Debenture Coupon Rate Increases to 3.187%

by McGuireWoods LLP on

March 28, 2018 In March 2018, the SBIC Funding Corporation completed a pooling of SBA debentures in the amount of $1,086,275,000. The SBA debentures have a coupon rate of 3.187 percent. This most recent pricing reflects an...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2018 #3

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - McCaskill Pushes the Department of Homeland Security to Hold Government Contractors Accountable for Waste, Fraud, and Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars - According to an article on hsgac.senate.gov,...more

Impact of Recent OHA decision on Size and Status Recertifications - Set-Aside Alert

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Published by Set-Aside Newsletter: The new year brought a ruling from the Small Business Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) clarifying the effect of SBA's recertification rules. These rules require...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2018 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - San Diego Communications Company Pays More Than $12 Million to Settle False Claim Act Allegations Regarding Eligibility for Small Business Innovation and Research Contracts - According to a news...more

Federal Contractors’ Guide To Small Business Administration Set-Aside Contracts, Size Standards, Size Protests, And Affiliation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The federal government sets aside a significant portion of its procurement dollars each year for purchasing goods and services from small businesses. Small business set-aside procurements and small business contract awards...more

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