Why Has Participation in 8(a) Program Declined Recently?

According to a recent article in FedScoop, there has been a recent decline in the number of companies that are participating in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) and HUBZone set-aside programs, and the SBA is planning some targeted recruitment efforts to increase the number of companies in the programs. That’s not necessarily all bad news, […]

This Newspaper ‘Expose’ May Show Nothing But Good Business Practices

In an April 10, 2013, article entitled “Minority contractors ‘game the system,’ find havens in DC homes,” two reporters for The Washington Times wrote what they evidently believed to be an expose of the District of Columbia’s Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program, which is designed to help small, local, and minority-owned businesses. The article, by […]

Agencies Too Often ‘Just Say Yes’ in Evaluating Their Contractors

It can be difficult enough on many occasions for small businesses to land their fair share of federal contracts. Often, large government agencies seem to have an unstated preference for dealing with large contractors. This apparent preference is one of the reasons that Congress has authorized contract set-asides for small businesses and for other types […]

Issa Bill Would Create More Problems Than It Would Solve

By Marilyn Della-Badia Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) recently released a discussion draft of a bill entitled the Stop Unworthy Spending or SUSPEND Act. The bill would set up a Board of Civilian Suspension and Debarment to consolidate more than 40 civilian suspension and debarment offices under a single set of regulations, and in Issa’s view, […]

VA Tries to Simplify Process of Qualifying as Veteran-Owned Small Business

By Carol L. O’Riordan Businesses often complain about the minutiae involved with the federal requirements for qualifying as veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs). Now, the federal government is making the whole process a bit simpler and more straightforward. As a recent article by Jill Aitoro in the Washington Business Journal points out, contractors applying to the […]

This Type of Whistle-Blower Protection Just Isn’t Needed

By Marilyn Della-Badia Jill Aitoro of the Washington Business Journal reported on Jan. 25, 2013, that there’s some concern in the government procurement community that a new law to protect defense contractor employees who blow the whistle on their own companies for procurement fraud doesn’t go far enough. The concern is that contractors don’t receive […]

Agency Is Taking a New Look at HUBZone Program for Small Businesses

Although it is not giving much detail about precisely what it plans to do, the Small Business Administration has announced that it has been reviewing the processes and procedures that it uses for implementing its HUBZone program and that it has determined that several of the program’s regulations should be amended in order to resolve […]

DHS Procurement Is Put Off Again; Delay May Hurt Small Businesses

The Department of Homeland Security has pledged to make a new information-technology contract a model for government-wide efforts to contract with small businesses. But, according to a recent article by Jill Aitoro in the Washington Business Journal, it has missed its deadline for a substantial portion of the contract awards. The contracts are for portions […]

Philadelphia Announces New Rules for Minority and Women Preferences in Contracts

We recently wrote here that if a company wants to benefit from government programs that provide for preferences for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) firms, it needs to be fully aware that different jurisdictions have different certification requirements. Not all city or state governments will accept all MBE or WBE certifications. […]

Contractors Note: SBA Changes Size Rules for ‘Small Businesses’

By Carol L. O’Riordan How large can a business be and still be considered a “small business”? This definition can matter a great deal to a company that wants to benefit from small business preferences, set-asides, and loan programs. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the agency that keeps track of such things. Under the […]