Small Business Programs & Advisory Services

BLOG: Top Priorities from SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza

January 20, 2020
By Antonio R. Franco
On January 7, 2020, the Senate confirmed U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza as the 26th Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). During her testimony before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Carranza listed a number of priorities she will bring to her role at SBA. Below are notable priorities that may impact small businesses and/or government contractors.
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BLOG: The Implications of SBA's Proposed Rule Changes for Tribally Owned 8(a) Businesses

January 8, 2020
By Peter B. Ford and Emily J. Rouleau
SBA recently published a proposed rule that would merge its mentor-protégé programs and amend many of its rules governing the 8(a) program. Our firm's managing partner, Pam Mazza, recently explained the rule's significant implications for the government contracting community. In particular, SBA's proposed rule would make a number of changes to the 8(a) program and regulations applicable to tribally owned 8(a) businesses. Pam and Peter will be attending a tribal consultation meeting in Oklahoma City on January 16, 2020 where tribes and ANCs can weigh in on the changes SBA is proposing. In advance, we have highlighted a few of the proposed changes that may benefit these firms.
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BLOG: Government Agencies Release 2020 Regulatory Agendas

January 2, 2020
By Timothy F. Valley
As 2019 comes to a close, the government is setting its short- and long-term goals for 2020. On December 26, 2019, a number of federal agencies released their regulatory agendas for the upcoming year, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council (which consists of DoD, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the General Services Administration (GSA)). Many regulatory agenda items could impact government contractors and small businesses, so keep these rulemakings in mind as you head into 2020. Here are our highlights.
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BLOG: SBA to Increase Enforcement in 2020 on Set-Asides and Subcontracting

December 13, 2019
By Jon Williams
One of the most overlooked compliance requirements for set-aside contracts are the limitations on subcontracting. Don't take my word for it—GAO has noted in several reports that contracting officers generally do not monitor or enforce the requirement that the small business prime contractor must self-perform a certain percentage of the contract. The limitations on subcontracting requirements are critical to the efficacy of the small business programs. Indeed, the goals of the programs are not served if small businesses do not perform contracts reserved explicitly for them. With new SBA rules set to take effect on December 30th, we expect enforcement to be a more significant focus in 2020. As a result, government contractors large and small need to make a New Year's resolution to adjust or implement compliance strategies to ensure they understand and satisfy the limitations on subcontracting for set-aside projects.
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BLOG: Performance Anxiety: Five Questions from Government Contractors on Past Performance

December 13, 2019
By Kathryn V. Flood and Samuel S. Finnerty
A government contractor's past performance can spell the difference between proposal rejection and contract award, and agencies are given broad discretion in how they evaluate past performance. It is critical that companies working with the federal government understand not only what steps they should take to utilize and cultivate positive past performance, but also the steps they should take to defend it. We recently gave a webinar on these topics and received several follow-up questions. Below we address the top five listener questions.
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