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 »

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 »

Difference Between Teaming Agreement vs Joint Ventures

The subtle difference between using a contractor teaming agreement vs joint venture is that a teaming contract essentially identifies the prime contractor and subcontractor relationship and discusses the roles of each to the government during the bidding and evaluation process.  by contrast, in a joint venture (JV) arrangement, the entity… 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 »

SBA Definition of Affiliation

Does Your Teaming Agreement Avoid the SBA Definition 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… Read more »

Joint Venture Business Proposals for Government Contracts

Understanding the joint venture rules when submitting a JV business proposals 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 joint venture… Read more »

SBA Fraud Cases – Defending Government Contract Fraud Allegations

SBA OIG and Other Investigations Agencies Step Up SBA Fraud Cases for 8a Government Contracts The Eastern District Court bought the gravel down on two federal contractor executives for SBA 8a small business fraud and abusing the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8a contracting program to obtain more than $31 million in… 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 »