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Small Business Impact of How NAICS Codes Are Assigned to Federal Contracts (Responses Requested)

The American Small Business Coalition and some of our partners have been asked by a federal agency to sit down with them to discuss the current use of NAICS Codes in federal contracting and the impact on small business concerns of NAICS Code assignments to federal contracts. Continue reading

Kingdomware Doesn’t Affect Size Protests

In a recent decision, the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals rejected the notion–based in part on Kingdomware–that an GSA Schedule order is a “contract” for purposes of the SBA’s size protest timeliness rules. Continue reading

GovCon Voices: Let’s Amend The HUBZone 35% Requirement

The HUBZone contracting program, while well-intended to provide economic and employment opportunities in otherwise low income, high unemployment areas, must nonetheless connect HUBZone firms with government contracts, the overwhelming majority of which are not located within a HUBZone. Source: GovCon Voices: Let’s Amend The HUBZone 35% Requirement – SmallGovCon

Ask Too Little and Receive More Than You Bargained For!

There are questions that provide too little information for a good response, and there are responses that have nothing to do with the request. Both waste precious time, cost money and maybe more. Continue reading

Federal government and private sector collaborations

When the government and private citizens get together on a project, large or small, great things can happen. Or not. Continue reading

Agency’s Discretion Over Solicitation’s Technical Specifications Isn’t Unlimited

A major tenet in government contracting is that agencies enjoy broad discretion in identifying their needs and developing the most appropriate solicitation to satisfy them. Continue reading

DHS/FEMA/Amazon deal exposes need for MAS reform

Over the last several years, the Coalition for Government Procurement has made the case to stakeholders across government that the General Services Administration’s Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program must keep pace with innovation and other changes in the dynamic commercial market. Continue reading

Small businesses need to stand out. Here’s how

Getting on the radar (in a positive way) of government buyers and influencers before you start bidding seems to be a daunting task for some. Continue reading

SBA OHA: “Manufacturer” Need Not Create Most Expensive Component

The SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals reaffirmed recently that a business need not manufacture the most expensive component of an item in order to be considered its manufacturer. Continue reading

Agency Erred in Issuing an Out-of-Scope Task Order

An agency’s task order award was improper because the order was outside the scope of the underlying IDIQ contract. Continue reading