On December 29, 2014, the SBA issued its Proposed Rule announcing changes to the calculation(s) of the limitations on subcontracting, as well as other changes implemented by the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Comments were initially due on February 27, 2015; however, as we previously reported, the SBA reopened the comment period due to requests to extend the deadline and the scope/significance of the proposed rule. Comments are now due on April 6, 2015.
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SBA to Reopen Comment Period For Proposed Rule on Limits on Subcontracting and Other 2013 NDAA Amendments
On Monday, March 9, 2015, a notice will be published in the Federal Register announcing that SBA is reopening the comment period for its Proposed Rule published on December 29, 2014 which implements provisions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (Proposed Rule #1). The comment period closed on February 27, 2015 and the new deadline for comments will be April 6, 2015, which is also the deadline for comments on the Proposed Rule published on February 5, 2015 (Proposed Rule #2) which among other things, establishes a new mentor-protege program and makes changes to the 8(a) program. Due to the significant impact Proposed Rule #2 may have on small businesses, especially NHO-owned 8(a) companies, we will discuss it in detail in a subsequent post.
FedBizOpps: To Be Effective, Make Sure You Perform Different Searches Using Multiple Search Criteria
When our company gives workshops/presentations which provide an introduction to government contracting, we always advise attendees to first do market research to ensure there is a federal market for the product/service they provide (or expect to provide). In this day and age, market research = internet research, and one of the primary sources is FedBizOpps (FBO). FedBizOpps is a government website where all federal procurement opportunities over $25,000 are posted (subject to exceptions, of course). In the past, I hadn't really given much thought to going into detail regarding searches, but in light of a recent GAO decision, I think spending a minute on this issue may prove useful to those of you that utilize FedBizOpps on a regular basis.
Workshop Reminder (March 11): SBA 8(a) BD Program - What You Need To Know to Get Certified and Stay Compliant
Are you a business owner (or potential business owner) that has heard of this thing called the 8(a) Business Development program but you don't know exactly what it is? Have you attended other workshops or seminars on the 8(a) program but yet you still don't know exactly what it is? If so, then this workshop is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the program and what steps you or your business will need to take to get ready to apply for the program. At the very least, you may leave with a better understanding of whether or not the program is a good fit for your business.