We recently reported on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) decision in AttainX. As we explained, the AttainX decision is noteworthy because the GAO held that, notwithstanding the fact that a solicitation does not require examples from the joint venture itself or the individual members, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) regulations require the agency to
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HUBZone Appeals Are Coming May 10!
Section 864 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 authorized the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) to decide all appeals from Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) status protest determinations, which are currently decided by SBA’s associate administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development. The SBA recently…
GAO Issues Noteworthy Protest Decision on Joint Venture Experience
The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in AttainX, recently sustained a bid protest where the protester argued that the agency’s evaluation was inconsistent with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) regulations requiring agencies to consider the experience of the individual members of the joint venture if the joint venture itself does not demonstrate experience. This article…
FAR Council Issues Final Rule on Accelerated Payments to Small Businesses
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council recently published a final rule to implement a policy that provides for accelerated payments to small business prime contractors and small business subcontractors. This noteworthy final rule — which has an effective date of March 16, 2023 — is discussed below.
The Department of Defense (DoD), the General…
COVID-19 May Be Over, but Fight Over the Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Is Not
On January 30, 2023, the Biden administration stated that it intends to extend the previously declared COVID-19 national emergency and the separately declared public health emergency until May 11, 2023, and then end both emergency declarations. This statement comes in response to Congressional attempts to declare an earlier end date to the emergencies with the…
DOD Issues Guidance for ESOP Pilot Program
On November 8, 2022, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a memorandum that provides details on a pilot program that allows government contractors owned 100% by an S-corporation employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) to receive a noncompetitive award for certain follow-on contracts. According to the memorandum, the program is limited to only nine “entities,” and…
SBA to Increase Size Standards and Program Thresholds Due to Inflation
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published a final rule on its 2019 interim final rule that adjusted monetary-based industry size standards (i.e., receipts- and assets based) for inflation which has occurred since 2014. Notably, the SBA’s recent rulemaking also included three important interim final actions.
- First, the SBA added an additional 13.65 percent
Update on Bid Protests in Alabama
We previously published an overview of the bid protest procedures in the State of Alabama and noted that the existing laws and regulations were repealed and replaced effective October 1, 2022. This article provides a brief update on these revised statutory and regulatory processes and procedures that bidders should be aware of.
Applicability of the…
Takeaways from GAO’s FY 2022 Bid Protest Report
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued its annual bid protest report. As discussed below, this year’s report is noteworthy for multiple reasons, including that it shows that protesters received some form of relief from the procuring agency in more than half of the protests filed with the GAO in fiscal year (FY) 2022.
Intervention in Bid Protests: A Refresher
The number of bid protest filings peaks in October as a result of increased government spending at the end of the government’s fiscal year — which is the 12-month period beginning on October 1 and ending on September 30. As such, government contractors should be particularly mindful this time of year of their rights with…