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SBA Releases its Small Business Contracting Scorecard

On May 18, 2017, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released its annual small business contracting scorecard. This scorecard is a measure of how selected agencies are doing in regard to meeting their small business contracting goals. It should be noted that the scorecard only measures the performance of 24 agencies. Thus, it does not evaluate how all agencies are doing in meeting their small business goals. As described by the SBA, the annual Scorecard is an assessment tool which measures: (1) how well federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals; and (2) agency-specific progress. Read More.

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SBA Final Rules on Subcontracting Limitations and More

By: John N. Ford, JD ; Senior Consultant  On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued its long-awaited final rule that implements certain small business-related provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (“NDAA”). The final rule includes key changes in the Limitations on Subcontracting regulation. In most cases, the final rule was adopted with little or no changes to the provisions of the proposed rule issued on December 29, 2014. However, in response to public comments on the proposed rule, SBA made important changes, including amendments regarding subcontractors that qualify as “similarly situated” for purposes of the limitations on. Read More.

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Expanding the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program

On July 25, 2016, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a much-anticipated final rule regarding the government-wide mentor-protégé program for small businesses. All small businesses, not only 8(a)s, will now be able to participate in the mentor-protégé program. The changes will benefit both large and small businesses. Large businesses will now have a larger pool of small businesses to mentor, and additional disadvantaged companies now have the opportunity to participate. The rule specifically states that the mentor-protégé program will now have four new programs: Small businesses; Women-owned small businesses; Service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses; and Historically Underutilized Businesses. Other notable changes. Read More.

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SBA Confusion and Update

Earlier this month several major news outlets reported that according to a U.S. Department of Commerce study, women-owned businesses receive only 4.7 percent of all Federal contract dollars, falling short of the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) goal of five percent. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Commerce found that women-owned businesses are 21 percent less likely to be awarded government contracts. While hard data has not yet been released, in a February testimony to the House Small Business Committee, John Shoraka, Associate Administrator of the SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, touted the success of the SBA’s socio-economic programs.. Read More.

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Small Business Size Standards: Inflation Adjustment to Monetary Based Size Standards

On January 25, 2016, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) finalized an interim rule which adjusts the monetary amounts used by small businesses to determine a company’s small business status. The interim final rule, which was originally issued on June 12, 2014, became effective on July 15, 2014, with the comment period ending August 11, 2014, and the final interim rule being established in December of 2014. The size standards are effective February 26, 2016. To summarize, the SBA increased all industry specific monetary small business size standards by 8.73 percent. Additionally, the rule increased the alternate size standards for tangible net worth and. Read More.

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SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Allow Lower Tier Small Business Subcontractors to Qualify Toward Small Business Subcontracting Goals

On October 6th, 2015 the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a proposed rule to allow “other than small” business prime contractors, with small business subcontracting plans, to receive credit for awarding subcontracts to small businesses at any tier level. Under the current regulations, credit toward small business subcontracting goals is awarded only at the first tier level. The proposed rule seeks to further the government’s overall commitment to providing Federal procurement opportunities to small business. Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) 52.219-9(l), which provides regulations governing small business subcontracting plans, states the “subcontract award data reported by prime Contractors and subcontractors shall. Read More.

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