SBA Proposes Merging 8(a) and All Small Mentor-Protégé ProgramsThe Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued a proposed rule “to merge the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Mentor-Protégé Program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program to eliminate confusion and remove unnecessary duplication of functions within SBA.”

What are the purposes of the programs?

The mentor-protégé program currently available to companies participating in the 8(a) BD

President Trump signed an Executive Order on October 31, 2019, revoking “Executive Order 13495 of January 30, 2009 (Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts), which requires that successor Federal contractors in certain circumstances offer a right of first refusal of employment to employees employed under the predecessor contract . . . .”

The

GAO Clarifies Its Authority to Review AbilityOne Bid ProtestsThe Government Accountability Office (GAO), in TeamWendy, LLC, B-417700.2 (Oct. 16, 2019), recently clarified the scope of its authority to review bid protests involving the addition of products or services to the AbilityOne procurement list. As this author discussed in a recent Law360 article, the GAO’s decision in this case provides important guidance