Buy American Act Countries List, TAA & BAA Compliant Countries

When applying the rule for establishing Buy American Act countries and the TAA compliant countries of origin, contractors doing business with the federal government should understand the basics of Buy American Act compliance. Many companies make dangerous mistakes and find themselves facing costly penalties and fines(including losing lucrative federal contracts in a bid… Read more »

Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Government Market Research

A question often arises as to whether in a service disabled veteran owned business SDVOSB contract the federal government can restrict market research to a local geographic area. These are tough issues to address in  bid protest litigation. The first thing that potential bidders must realize as a Veteran Owned Small… Read more »

SBA OHA Has No Jurisdiction to Hear VA SDVOSB Status Appeals

In December 2015, the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA OHA) decided a case and ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to hear a size appeal of the SBA’ Area Office Size Determination. The procurement was a VA SDVOSB set aside but the protestor had no… Read more »

Protesting SBA Certificate of Competency COC Decisions 13 CFR 125 and FAR 19.6

The SBA agency  Certificate of Competency (COC)  rules allow small business firms to challenge, generally in a bid protest, the agency’s source selection decision that is not technically responsible to perform the contract. Agency Responsibility Determination –The Rule of Law: The Small Business Act suggest that government contracting agencies should not make a… Read more »

Civilian Board of Contract Appeals CDA Claims 41 USC 7101 – 7109

Choosing the right forum and framing your appeals case correctly can save you thousands in unnecessary litigation costs. When a contracting officer denies a claim under the Contract Disputes Act, filing an appeal to the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) would be the next step. Not all claims appeal cases against… Read more »

Secretary of State SOS Colorado Business Filings

Starting a business in Colorado has certain filing requirements with the Colorado SOS (Secretary of State). Depending on the type of business, you must make sure that you follow the basic legal requirements. Failure to do so will mean that your business is non-compliant. This could mean exposure to personal… Read more »