Total Small Business Set Aside GAO Protest Decisions FAR 19.502

Although congressional mandates show an increase in total small business set aside procurement, filing a bid protest that challenges the contracting agency’s decision to set aside a procurement for small businesses must be approached with extreme care. The ultimate concern under FAR 19.502 is to understand what exactly is the government contracting agency supposed… Read more »

SBA Size Appeal Common Ownership Control

  Under SBA size appeal regulations, concerns are affiliated when one has the power to control the other, or when a third party has the power to control both. 13 CFR121.103(a)(1). If you own 50% or more of a concern, then there is strong chance that an SBA OHA Size appeal… Read more »

FAR Limitations on Subcontracting Rules

Theodore P. Watson, Esq.  When it comes to the famous limitations on subcontracting rules, small businesses find themselves making disastrous mistakes when they use a teaming partner or named subcontractor when bidding on federal government contracts. Many companies lose federal contracts due to a bid protest. Whether you are a… Read more »

Size Appeals and The SBA Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

The SBA Ostensible Subcontractor Rule is a potent sword used to extinguish contract awards to government contractors. Small businesses must be extremely careful when submitting proposals that intend to use incumbent employees. This can be fertile ground for an SBA size appeal under the Ostensible Subcontractor Rule. The SBA Ostensible… Read more »

SBA Size Appeals – Affiliation & Newly Organized Concern Rule

When you are faced with a SBA size appeal and small business size standard determination based upon affiliation and common ownership, small businesses must be very careful when forming spin- off companies and where there are corresponding majority and minority ownership interest in both companies. When there are substantial amounts… Read more »