Does SBA's New Recertification Rule Apply to My Contract?

March 29, 2019
By Samuel S. Finnerty
Published by Set-Aside Alert: The Small Business Administration's regulations require a concern to recertify its small business and/or socio-economic size status (1) within 30 days of an approved contract novation; (2) within 30 days of a transaction becoming final in the case of a merger, sale, or acquisition, where contract novation is not required; and (3) no more than 120 days prior to the end of the fifth year of a contract exceeding five years in duration (including options) and no more than 120 days prior to exercising any option thereafter.

Practical Considerations Before Novating Your GSA Schedule Contract

December 3, 2018
By Kathryn V. Flood
Published by WestLaw Journal for Government Contracts: The acquisition market for federal contractors is booming. Acquisition can provide a buyer the opportunity to target its growth strategically by acquiring the seller's past performance and experience, in addition to gaining the seller's personnel and resources. Of course, part of what makes a seller attractive is the contracts found in its portfolio. While the government does not officially condone the "buying and selling" of federal contracts, a contract may be novated after an acquisition if the buyer has acquired all of the seller's assets or has acquired the entire portion of the seller's assets involved in performing the contract.

Big Changes in the HUBZone Program Coming in 2019

November 16, 2018
By Megan C. Connor
Published by Set-Aside Alert: The Small Business Administration published its long-awaited proposed rule overhauling the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program on Oct. 31. Comments to the proposed rule are due Dec. 31, making it likely a final rule will be published in 2019. This rulemaking represents the first comprehensive revision of the HUBZone program, explicitly intended to make program compliance easier for small businesses and make the program more attractive for procuring agencies to use.

Gaining a Competitive Advantage through Cybersecurity Readiness

October 19, 2018
By Jon Williams
Published by Set-Aside Alert: Cybersecurity is an inescapable and growing-facet of life for government contractors. On the most recent anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, a Homeland Security Dept. official noted that cyber threats have now replaced physical threats as the primary focus for the department protecting our Nation.

Current Trends in Federal Procurement for Set-Aside Alert

October 5, 2018
By Peter B. Ford and Michelle E. Litteken
Published by Set-Aside Alert: For government contractors, staying ahead of the curve is critical for success. Knowing about a new law, policy, or program can provide you with a competitive advantage.
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