Information On SBA 8a Small Business Applications Denial 13 CFR 124.106

All 8a small business applicants must meet the statutory requirements for approval into the 8(a) BD Program. The following case demonstrates the results for failure to meet those requirements. Companies Still Battle 8a Small Business Denials If you are not familiar with the program requirements, 8a small business applicants might consider… Read more »

Ostensible Contractor Rule

Avoid Mistakes in Bid Protests Federal government contractors often have many questions about the Ostensible Contractor Rule and how it can impact the award of the contract. The bottom line is that if you are submitting government proposals as a small business, you want to stay away from the possibility… Read more »

Government Contracting Prompt Payment Act

The Prompt Payment Act (PPA), as enacted by Congress requires the government to pay invoices by the required due date. As a practical matter, the federal government usually pays invoices within 30 days. However, this does not always happen. As a government contractor, your ability to collect prompt payments from the federal government is essential to… Read more »

8a Applications & SBA 8a Certification Process

Many small businesses take the chance on their own only to spend twice as much processing time for SBA 8a certification application approval that often ultimately prove unsuccessful in certification, even when meeting generic requirements. For you to be an expert in the approval process you would simply have to… Read more »

Proposal Technical Writing for Government Contracts

Technical proposal writing for government contracts is one of the most difficult tasks for government contractors to overcome when responding to an Agency’s Request for Proposal.  Although you might meet the solicitation requirements, your bid often may not reach either the competitive range or final award stage. Knowing how to write a technical… Read more »

Government Contractor Teaming Agreement

Beware of an Improperly Drafted Government Contractor Teaming Arrangement  Using a Small business contractor teaming agreement is becoming a hot topic with small business set aside awards.  The SBA’s new rules about affiliation do not help matters much. However, there are some benefits to properly structuring contractor teaming arrangements and… Read more »

Suspension and Debarment Appeals 45 CFR 1641.24

Do You Know the Next Steps for Your Suspension and Debarment Appeals? As a government contractor, you must be aware that the Board of Contracts Appeal does not have jurisdiction to review suspension and debarment  appeals decisions. See Inter-Continental Equipment, Inc., ASBCA No. 38444, 90-1 BCA122,501 at 112,956 (holding the Board lacks… Read more »

Tips on How to Avoid SBA Small Business Size Protests

An SBA size protest occurs when your competition challenges your small business size standard after award of a government contract. There are a few things that small business can do to avoid an SBA size protest. They include: Making sure that teaming  partners or subcontractor does not perform the primary… Read more »

Federal Performance Based Service Contracts FAR Part 37

As a government contractor, you should quickly become aware of federal government performance based service contracts under FAR Part 37. This is critical at the bidding stage as well as understanding your obligations at the performance stage. Responding to government bids creates much confusion for businesses that are not familiar with… Read more »