Small Business Programs & Advisory Services

GSA & OMB are Holding a Public Meeting and Requesting Written Comments Regarding Implementation of the “Amazon Amendment”

January 2, 2018
By Patrick T. Rothwell
The Amazon Amendment is anticipated to have a far-reaching impact upon small business federal government procurement and, in particular, the holders of GSA Schedule contracts and Government-wide Acquisition Contracts.
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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition for Certiorari on Constitutional Challenge to 8(a) Program

October 17, 2017
By Meghan F. Leemon
On October 16, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Rothe Development, Inc. in Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense & Small Business Administration. Rothe, a non-minority-owned federal contractor, challenged the SBA’s 8(a) Program, a program which gives benefits to small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Rothe alleged that the statutory basis of the 8(a) Program denies it, a company not owned or controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, equal protection of the law, in violation of the equal protection component of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.
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SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals Reaffirms "Unconditional Ownership" Requirement in the SBA SDVOSB Program

September 29, 2017
By Patrick T. Rothwell
Recently, the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals issued a decision, Veterans Contracting Group, Inc., SBA No. VET-265 (2017), which reaffirmed the SBA SDVOSB Program’s requirement that an SDVOSB be 51-percent unconditionally and directly owned by one or more service-disabled veterans (“SDV”). 13 C.F.R § 125.12(a), (d). More specifically, OHA upheld an SBA determination that a concern named Veterans Contracting Group, Inc. (“VCS” or the “Company”) did not meet SDVOSB eligibility requirements due to certain provisions in a shareholders agreement among VCS’ owners which placed impermissible conditions on the SDV’s ownership interest in VCS.
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The Sisyphean Labor of the DAR Council: Segregation and Reintegration Data Rights

September 1, 2017
By Isaias Alba IV
Having just presented on data rights issues to a number of government contracting officers and procurement professionals, as well as private sector contract management personnel, during the 2017 National Contract Management Association World Congress, it became clear that many people are confused (and rightly so) about what is happening with regard to the segregation and reintegration rules.
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SBA Launches New HUBZone Map

August 7, 2017
By Julia Di Vito
The new HUBZone map designates areas as eligible HUBZone locations and indicates whether an address qualifies as one or more HUBZone designations, such as census tract, county, Indian land, disaster area, closed base area, or redesignated area.
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