Big Changes in the HUBZone Program Coming in 2019

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.

OFCCP Announces Commitment to Training and Transparency: Can They Deliver?

Published by Set-Aside Alert Newsletter: The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) is a federal agency charged with ensuring that approximately 200,000 federal contractors refrain from discrimination and take affirmative action to provide equal employment opportunities for certain protected classes of workers. In recent years OFCCP has developed a reputation as being difficult to work with to resolve concerns and differences arising out of compliance audits. Additionally, compliance requirements under the jurisdiction of the OFCCP are generally not well . . . Read More

Multiple-Award Contracts – Path to Growth or Punishment for Success?

Published by Set-Aside Alert Newsletter: Size and status representations for task orders issued under Multiple Award Contracts (MAC) and schedules have become a controversial and complex issue. Generally, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) size rules state that representations made at the time of initial offer are valid throughout the life of a contract. This means that all representations made with respect to a MAC will be valid for each order issued against the contract, unless a contracting officer requests recertification . . . Read More