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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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 esta… Read More
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VA Amends Regulations Regarding SDVOSB/VOSB Status Protests

In an about face, the Department of Veterans Affairs has issued an interim final rule amending its status protest procedures for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB). Before the VA’s iss… Read More
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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 October… Read More
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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 of th… Read More
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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… Read More
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SBA Audit Recommends Increased Oversight of Mentor Protégé Joint Ventures to Ensure 8(a) Small Businesses Benefit from the Program

On 23 October 2012, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the findings of its performance audit of the Mentor-Protégé Program, a program established under the Agency’s 8(a) Business Development Program… Read More
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Agencies Seek to Standardize Contractor Past Performance Documentation

The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), have published a proposed rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to address Government-wide contractor p… Read More
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Proposed Rule to Clarify Small Business Set-Aside Acquisitions for Research & Development Above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold

The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have issued a proposed amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation 19.502(b)(2) regarding the requirements for set-as… Read More
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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 hi… Read More

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