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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 -

October 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This month’s bid protest roundup discusses five decisions covering corrective action, an agency’s evaluation discretion, the “late-is-late” rule, intervening at the Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and Small Business...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2017 #3

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CAPITOL HILL - House Small Business Committee letter requesting update to Small Business Tax - This week, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) sent a letter with Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez...more

Learning from Bid Protests: Don’t Lose Your Protest Before You Begin

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published four protest decisions that were all denied due to timeliness issues. This string of cases serves as a reminder that no matter how strong a protest’s basis...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2017

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program NAICS Code Updates - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has updated the North American Industry Classification System...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2017 #3

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “Rules of Practice for Protests and Appeals Regarding Eligibility for Inclusion in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Verification and Evaluation Database” ...more

New GAO Decision Emphasizes “Should Have Known” Element Of Bid Protest Timeliness

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The most common basis to establish timeliness for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) bid protest is found in Section 21.2 of the GAO’s regulations. Under the regulation, the protester must file the protest “not later...more

Substantively Non-Protestable Issues (Post-Award Protest Primer #8)

In our last post, we discussed a few procedural rules that can exclude an otherwise meritorious ground from protest. There are also a number of substantive issues that the GAO’s rules exclude from review. See 4 C.F.R. §...more

NAICS Code Appeals: One Size Does Not Fit All

The federal government sets aside many contracts for small businesses, but not all small business set-asides are created equal. Instead, different size standards define small business status for different procurements. The...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017 #3

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “Proposed Information Collection Request; Federal Contractor Veterans' Employment Report VETS-4212.” Federal Register, July 18, 2017. Retrieved from federalregister.gov. The Veterans'...more

GAO Finds NIH Failed to Refer SDVOSB Offeror’s Capability to SBA

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In a recently published GAO decision, GAO sustained a SDVOSB’s protest of its exclusion from the competitive range by NIH under the CIO-SP3 SB GWAC procurement. The CIO-SP3 SB RFP required an evaluation of proposals in...more

Contractors: Be on the Lookout to Challenge Unreasonable Agency Procurements

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Since government agencies are given substantial discretion in creating solicitations and evaluating proposals, contractors are frequently at a disadvantage in identifying and challenging improprieties. But that discretion is...more

Control is a Key Element in Determining Affiliation for SBA Small Business Size Determination

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The most common reason for contractors failing to meet the Small Business size standards set by the Small Business Administration (SBA) is because they are found to be affiliated with other companies, such that one company...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #4

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Investment Companies: Passive Business Expansion and Technical Clarifications - The delayed effective date for SBA’s final rule on Passive Business Expansion and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #3

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses.” Small Business Administration Press Release, March 16, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.sba.gov. Administrator Linda...more

More Work Needed to Improve the HUBZone Program

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The HUBZone Program needs some TLC. After a peak of 14,000 SBA-certified participants in 2009, the HUBZone Program has seen a significant drop in participation over the past few years due to various factors. This, in turn,...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Second Quarter 2016

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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

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

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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

Update to SBA’s New ITVAR Size Rule

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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

The House Small Business Committee Releases a Spate of Small Business Legislation

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On the heels of a GAO report calling for more leadership attention to be paid to SBA’s “management challenges,” a number of bills have been referred to the House Small Business Committee since the new year started, calling...more

Small Business Subcontracting Plans: End of Year Roundup

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If you have been following the latest news on subcontracting plan requirements, you will know that the landscape has been rapidly shifting over the past year. In response to various statutory mandates from Congress, both SBA...more

No Good News for Small Businesses in Recent GAO Decision

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a decision in the matter of FedServ-RBS JV, LLC, B-411790, October 26, 2015, that offers little assurance for small companies seeking to form SBA-approved joint...more

The FCA Impact Of DOJ’s Increased Focus on Small Business

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In 2014, the Small Business Administration reported that almost a quarter of approximately $367 billion of eligible funding for small business contracting, or roughly $91.7 billion, was awarded to small businesses as prime...more

FCA Cases and SBA Protests

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False Claims Act - As you know, the False Claims Act suit is brought against a contractor (whether through a whistleblower/relator or by the government alone) and carries very heavy civil and potentially criminal...more

GAO Protests Report Summary

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This update summarizes the Congressional Research Service’s report, “GAO Protests: Trends and Analysis,” published on or around July 21, 2015. Please recall that although the SBA has a protest system in place for certain...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - May 2015

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The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics in the...more

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