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 »

SBA Certificate of Competency COC Program & Bid Protests

You Can Avoid Common Mistakes and Spending Unnecessary Legal Fees By Understanding the SBA and Government Certificate of Competency (COC) Process.  The SBA’s COC Program is governed by the Small Business Act, 15 USC 37(b);  13 CFR 125.5 and FAR Part 19.6. A Government Certificate of Competency is a written document from… Read more »

Best Value Procurement Not Worth Higher Price – GAO Decision

In a recent GAO bid protest decision, HGS Engineering, Inc.; American Commercial Group, Inc. Challenging the government’s best value procurement decision, GAO agreed with the agency’s source selection decision. The protestors challenged the agency’s decision that the awardee’s proposal represented the best value to the government. These bid protest challenges,… Read more »

Avoid Costly SDVOSB Joint Venture Mistakes – 13 CFR 125.18

Qualifying under the Code of Federal Regulations 13 CFR 125.18 as an SDVOSB Joint Venture agreement means that you must first qualify as an SDVOSB. Getting the best guidance about the rules can put your company in a strong position even before you bid on a federal contract. Although this seems… Read more »

SBA Negative Control Definition 13 CFR 121.103

Does Your SBA Operating Agreement Comply With the Rules Under 13 CFR 121.103? If Not, You Can Lose Your Contract. When making size determinations and affiliation under the negative control definition for small businesses, the SBA not only looks at finding actual control over the protested business but also whether a non-disadvantaged… Read more »

CPAR Ratings & Past Performance of Contract Report

Avoid Costly and Painful Mistakes that Other Government Contractors Make With Performance of Contract Ratings. As a federal government contractor, your contractor past performance evaluation is recorded by having CPAR ratings under FAR Part 42. The Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) might allow for valid reasons why the agency may have given… Read more »

FAR Sole Source Justification and Approval FAR 6.303-2

When an agency decides to award sole source contracts, a FAR Justification and Approval (J&A) is required as a check and balance to the Competition in Contracting Act requirement that federal contracting agencies must resort to full and open competition procurements. Many contractors often want to challenge the agency’s decision… Read more »