SBA Size Standards Protest Timeliness

Meeting SBA size protest timeliness requirements can be a problem when you are not sure when the clock actually starts.  More importantly, filing an untimely size protest can eliminate your opportunity for a second chance at a government project.   In many situations, because there is confusion about when the… Read more »

SBA Size Determination & NAICS Codes 13 CFR 121

Although it is relatively easy to qualify, small businesses often find themselves in adverse situations when a competitor challenges their SBA NAICS standards under 13 CFR Part 121 for certain industries. The following cases also show that the contracting agency sometimes make huge mistakes when selecting appropriate NAICS Code for… Read more »

HUBZone Certification & HUBZone Requirements

How to Get SBA HUBZone Certified Having SBA HUBZone certification opens many doors for you as a contractor.  It is important to understand the requirements that you must fulfill in a proposal submission and what is owed to you by the government in a request for proposal.  HUBZone stands for… Read more »

How to Avoid the Adverse Inference Rule in SBA Size Determinations

The Area Office (“AO”) has discretion to apply the adverse inference rule once the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has received a size protest or a request for a formal small business size determination.  13 CFR 121.1008(d); 13 CFR 121.1009(d).  The rule will likely be applied if the protestor fails to offer the… Read more »

SBA Affiliation Common Management & Identity of Interest

Common management and identity of interest involve complex  SBA affiliation regulations, that if violated can impact your ability to bid on future government contracts. Issues commonly arise in size protests or during the initial 8a certification application process.  The following are pointers derived from the SBA. A basic understanding can help you avoid costly… Read more »

Filing SBA NAICS Size Standards Protest – Dos and Don’ts

Protesting the Small Business Administration SBA North American Industry Classification System (NAICs Code) size standard for a government contract can be tricky when you try to qualify as small. This is especially true when there are differences between the amount of labor required and the overall cost of the contract. Did the… Read more »

Protesting CICA Small Business Set Aside Rule of Two Cases

Better Understand the Basics of CICA Rule of Two Small Business Set Aside Decisions  If you are considering protesting agencies’ small business set-asides and their application of the SBA Rule of Two small business rules at GAO or Court of Federal Claims, you should be aware that this can be a very… Read more »