Challenging FAR 52.219 9 Small Business Subcontracting Plan Requirements

Small Business Subcontracting Plan requirements under FAR 52.219-9 are frequently seen in solicitations from the federal government. The underlying reason is to advance opportunities to small businesses in larger contracts. This is an example of Congress’s efforts to provide more contracting vehicles to smaller companies. FAR Subcontracting Plan requirements usually seek… Read more »

8a Certification Benefits and Advantages

Small businesses seeking to take the company to another level should consider the various 8(a) certification benefits and advantages. With the right information about the government contracting process when agencies purchase your specific services or products, your company can often reach a level that the traditional commercial sector may not allow. What… Read more »

Filing or Intervening SBA Small Business Size Protests

Oftentimes government contractors may want to file SBA size standards protest because they have reason to believe that the awardee does not meet the definition of a small business. However, given the short deadlines, companies have a difficult time explaining why the competitor is not a small business. This procedural requirement that… Read more »

8a Set Aside Contracts Versus HUBZone Contracts

There is still great confusion between small businesses about 8a sole source and 8a set aside contracts versus HUBZone contracts set-aside requirements. 8a set asides are a powerful tool for agencies to achieve small business and small disadvantaged business contracting goals. When challenging the agency’s decision, contractors should beware of the rules of engagement…. Read more »

Difference Between Teaming Agreement & Joint Venture Agreement

The subtle difference between using a teaming agreement and a joint venture agreement is that a teaming agreement essentially identifies the prime contractor and subcontractor and discusses the roles of each to the government. In a joint venture arrangement, a third entity is an actual offeror and not the individual… Read more »

SBA Size Appeal and Determinations of Common Management and Control

In the recent case of SBA Size Appeal of Medical Comfort Systems, Inc., and B&B Medical Services, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5640 (2015), OHA found that the Area Office correctly determined that past affiliation between firms had ended well before the date for determining size and that identity of interest analysis did not… Read more »

National Origin Discrimination in the Workplace — Colorado

Information for Colorado Employers that Can Minimize Litigation National origin discrimination in the workplace, under Colorado discrimination laws, occurs when employers treat applicants or employees unfavorably because of factors such as ethnicity, national origin, accent, or even if the employer perceived them to be of a certain national original regardless of whether… Read more »

SBA Definition of Affiliation

Does Your Teaming Agreement Avoid SBA Meaning of Affiliation? When small businesses become subject to the SBA affiliation definition, there is generally a government bid submitted where there are teaming agreements or joint venture agreement relationships.  Having improper relationships can cause companies to lose the contract and income for their respective… Read more »

Joint Venture Requirements for Government Contracts

Understanding the rules when submitting a joint venture proposal for government contracts can be very tricky. Although the FAR allows for this type of relationship, companies submitting a bid proposal must be very aware of the underlying affiliation rules that frequently apply.  When small businesses enter into a joint venture agreement, they… Read more »