Small Business Programs & Advisory Services

Do the Proposed Changes to SBA’s HUBZone Program Go Far Enough?

July 24, 2017
By Kathryn V. Flood
H.R. 3294, the HUBZone Unification and Business Stability Act of 2017, proposes several changes to the HUBZone program that are intended to reduce certification timelines, stabilize the program, and collect and report on performance metrics designed to measure the success of the HUBZone program. While this is a step in the right direction, the proposed changes do not go far enough to provide a meaningful impact to the deficiencies in the program.
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House Bill Would Reduce Use of LPTA in All Agencies’ Procurement

July 20, 2017
By Julia Di Vito
A recent bill before the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to limit the use of the lowest price technically available (“LPTA”) source selection process in procurements. H.R. 3019, which was introduced on June 22, 2017, would create a policy to avoid using LPTA criteria in circumstances that would deny the Government the benefits of cost and technical tradeoffs in the source selection process.
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House Small Business Committee Approves Legislation Providing For Expedited Partial Payments of Requests for Equitable Adjustment to Small Construction Contractors

July 5, 2017
By Patrick T. Rothwell
A common frustration faced by many small business government contractors, particularly in the construction industry, is how often agencies make very costly unilateral change orders during the course of performance. Although a contractor may be able to receive compensation for the additional work it has performed...
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One Size Does Not Fit All: Hidden Size Certification Issues for 8(a) Contractors With Multiple Award Contracts

June 30, 2017
By Kathryn V. Flood
Savvy small business contractors holding Multiple Award Contracts (“MAC”) know that the small business size representations that they make at the outset of contract award will typically last the “life” of the contract, absent other size status recertification triggering events, such as a merger, acquisition, or contract novation.
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Congress Targets VA Procurement Abuse: Seeks Enforcement of Limitations on Subcontracting Rule

June 30, 2017
By Samuel S. Finnerty
A bill was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 2749, known as the Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2017 (“Bill”), which, if passed, would require the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (“VA”), in administering the Veterans First Contracting Program (“Vets First”), to identify and penalize violations of the limitations on subcontracting (“LOS”) rule.
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