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Oprah Does Not Work at the SBA - Act Accordingly

SBA had rejected a women-owned, licensed engineering company’s application for admission to the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program because the SBA did not believe that the owner had been previously subjected to gender discrimination…

Status-Based Protests of Your Company's Contract Awards Will “Completely Lack Merit”, “Misapply the Law”, And Contain “Disingenuous” Characterizations -- Are You Ready?

It takes a substantial investment to bid on government contracts. And natural reactions to losing a government contract bid can include disappointment, confusion, frustration, and even anger. In response to the sting of that loss some unsuccessful bi…

SBA Issues Final Rule on Revisions to Surety Bond Guaranty Program

The Small Business Administration has recently issued final rules to align certain aspects of the Surety Bond Guarantee Program with the National Defense Authorization Act of the Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA).  The SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program was es…

SBA Issues Final Rule on Acquisition Processes for Task and Delivery Order under Multiple Award Contracts and Bundling and Consolidation of Contracts

The Small Business Administration has recently issued final rules implementing, among other things, two important aspects of the enacted Small Business Jobs Act of 2010: “(1) the application of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) small…

SBA Final Rule Imposes Additional Small Business Subcontracting Regulations

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a final rule to implement provisions in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 related to small business subcontracting.  SBA first published its proposed ruling seeking comments as early as Octob…

Revisions to SBA Program Regulations Establish Presumption of Loss and Penalties for Willful Misrepresentation of Size and Status Certifications

The Small Business Administration has issued a final rule the clearly addresses a presumption of loss and penalties for willful misrepresentation of size and status certifications.  Effective August 27, 2013, the final rule implements provisions o…

SBA Amends Regulations to Remove Dollar Amount Limitations on WOSB Program

In May, the Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule amending its regulations  to implement changes to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA 2…

GAO Confirms Need for Sole-Source 8(a) Justification Guidance at DoD

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued the results of its performance audit of the U.S. Department of Defense’s implementation of a new requirement for written justifications of sole-source contracts over twenty million dollars…

NDAA for FY 2013 Imposes Major Changes to Small Business Government Contracting

Congress recently passed and the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013 with significant changes to small business government contracting. These changes include: Small Business Prime Contractor Subcontracting…

SBA Finds Definition of “Full-Time” under EDWOSB Program Does Not Require 40-Hour Work Week Economically Disadvantaged Women Owners

On 6 November 2012, the Small Business Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA OHA) upheld the SBA’s decision to deny a protest that would have severely limited women’s ability to be involved with more than one company at a…

Recent Developments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) needs more Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) for its CIO-Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) Small Business Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). Because a number of prior awardees… Read More

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GCARL started the year off with a victorious bang for a client, Alpha Transcription, in a “Bet the Company” protest.   If Alpha Transcription lost it could have been devastating for them. The Transcription Services Industry and Market is… Read More

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