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Final Rule: Federal Acquisition Regulation; Contracts Under the Small Business Administration 8(a) Program

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory clarifications made by the Small Business Administration regarding the 8(a) program Continue reading

8(a) Sole Source Decision: “Bad Faith” Bid Protest An Uphill Battle

In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO confirmed that government officials are presumed to act in good faith, and that the presumption extends to the decision to award an 8(a) sole source contract instead of competing the work in question. Continue reading

SDVOSB & 8(a) Fraud: Prison Sentences Handed Down

A North Carolina couple is heading to prison after being convicted of defrauding the SDVOSB and 8(a) Programs. Continue reading

8(a) Program Survives Court Challenge

The 8(a) Program has survived a major challenge to its constitutionality–but the legal battle over the 8(a) Program’s future may well continue. Continue reading

8(a) Protege Not Entitled To Mentor-Protege JV’s Past Performance

A former 8(a) protege was not automatically entitled to take advantage of the past performance it obtained as part of a mentor-protege joint venture Continue reading

Unapproved Addendum Sinks 8(a) JV’s Bid

GAO sustained a protest challenging an 8(a) joint venture’s eligibility for award where that joint venture had not previously sought (or received) SBA’s approval for an addendum to its joint venture agreement. Continue reading

8(a) Program: SBA Final Rule Makes Major Changes

The final rule implements some major changes Continue reading

Large DoD 8(a) Sole Source Contracts Have Dropped By 86.5%

According to a recent GAO report, such awards have dropped more than 86% compared to the period before the justification requirement took effect. The report states that much of the work that was previously awarded on a sole source basis has now been competed Continue reading

SBA Didn’t Properly Justify 8(a) Termination, Says Court

This requirement was at issue in a recent court decision that found an SBA 8(a) program termination decision to be based on “numerous erroneous assumptions” and “unsupported conclusions, not substantial evidence.” Continue reading

Update: SBA Utah District Office Rescinds Questionable 8(a) JV Policy

A brief email to Utah 8(a)s on May 5, which was forwarded to me by an industry connection, states “The Utah District Office hereby rescinds the e-mail dated April 21, 2016 regarding Mentor Protégé and Joint Venture relationships.” Continue reading