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Weekly Report October 20, 2017
“Conferees Will Determine Fate of Defense Bill Provision to Deter Frivolous Contractor Bid Protest” Government Executive, October 13, 2017. Retrieved from govexec.com
- Companies with more than $100 million revenues in the previous year’s which file unsuccessful protests against contract awards to a competitor would be required to pay the Defense Department the costs of processing the protest at Defense and at the Government Accountability Office, which adjudicates the protests. It is called the “loser pays” provision.
- Second, the Senate bill calls for incumbent contractors who file a protest to have all payments above incurred costs withheld on any bridge contracts or temporary contract extensions awarded to that contractor as a result of a delay in award resulting from bid protests. The language is not in the House version.
Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor Proposed Rule
SUPREME COURT DECISIONS
“U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition for Certiorari on Constitutional Challenge to 8(a) Program” PM Legal Minute, October 17, 2017. Retrieved from pilieromazza.com
Reactions to the Nomination of SBA Inspector General from both the House Small Business Committee and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov and sbc.senate.gov
“Fostering Women’s Entrepreneurial Success” House Small Business Committee Press Release, October 12, 2017. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov
“Women Still Underrepresented in the Highest-Paid Federal Jobs” Government Executive, October 17, 2017. Retrieved from govexec.com
Weekly Report October 13, 2017
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program NAICS Code Updates
“The RISE Act allows SBA to give agencies double credit for contracting goaling purposes!” Small Business Administration Bulletin, October 13, 2017. Retrieved from govdelivery.com
- establish contracting preferences for small businesses located in disaster areas, including HUBZone firms, and
- give agencies double credit for awards to these small businesses that are located in the presidentially declared major disaster areas.