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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

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

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

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 #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

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

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

SBA Protests: When Size or Status Comes Into Question

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In this presentation: - Key aspects of SBA size and eligibility protests - Why to file - Who and when to file - What to file - How SBA processes protests - Tips for filing SBA...more

Another Option for Speedy Relief from an Adverse Agency Action

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A recent and novel decision by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) could have broader implications for small business contractors that hold federal supply schedule and multiple award contracts. ...more

The “Rule of Two” For Orders Placed Against Multiple Award Contracts: The Other Shoe Has Dropped

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As many of you may recall, Congress passed the Small Business Jobs Act (“Act”), in July 2010. The purpose of the Act was to ameliorate the effects of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. Although the Act...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2014 #3

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8(A) Subcontracting Limitations: Continued Noncompliance with Monitoring Requirements Signals Need for Regulatory Change - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has conducted a study to review how federal agencies...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter 2014

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In this issue: - Avoiding Pitfalls with Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - What Is Enough Consideration of Small Business Interests? – GAO Denies Protests Against GSA Consolidation of Small...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - July 2014

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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 will...more

GAO Affirms Timeline for SBA Approval of Joint Venture Agreements

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently affirmed that joint venture (JV) agreements need not be approved by the Small Business Administration (SBA) prior to submission of a proposal for an 8(a) set aside...more

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