Termination From the 8(a) Program

Being in the unfortunate situation of being terminated from the 8(a) Program, you may still have various reasons to appeal the SBA decision. Understanding these reasons can impact your ability to continue getting the benefits of the Program. When Can the SBA Initiate Termination from the 8(a) Program? The SBA… Read more »

SBA Certification Benefits & 8a Program Advantages

Small businesses seeking to take the company to another level should consider the various SBA 8a 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… 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… Read more »

8a Set Aside Contracting Versus HUBZone Contracts Program

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… 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 common management and past affiliation between firms had ended well before the date for determining size and that identity of interest… Read more »

SBA Affiliation Definition

Does Your Teaming Agreement Avoid the SBA Affiliation Definition? You Can be Exposed to Criminal Liability If DOJ Investigates You. Some SBA affiliation rules and decisions can surprise you. If you are the awardee you want to be able to offer sound legal arguments why the protestor’s allegations of affiliation… Read more »

Tips on How to Submit Joint Venture Proposals for Government Contracts

Understanding the joint venture procurement rules when submitting a JV business proposals for government contracts can be very tricky. Although the FAR allows for this type of company-formed relationship, companies submitting a joint venture proposal must be very aware of the underlying affiliation rules that frequently apply.  When small businesses enter… Read more »

Complying With SBA 8a Annual Review Requirements

Failure to Meet SBA 8a Program Annual Requirements Can Get You Terminated from the Program. Small businesses often find themselves subject to the termination because of failure to comply with 8a Annual Review requirements. ‘This is a very strict requirement. Unless participants get an expressed extension from the SBA, there… Read more »