5 Things You Should Know: The Nonmanufacturer Rule

To qualify as a small business under most set-aside or sole source contracts seeking manufactured products or supplies, SBA’s regulations require an offeror to be the item’s manufacturer or, alternatively, comply with the nonmanufacturer rule.

In a prior post, we discussed 5 Things You Should Know about being the item’s manufacturer; in this post, we’ll discuss qualifying under the nonmanufacturer rule.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: March 4 – March 8, 2019

Happy Friday, everyone! If there’s a better way to get the weekend started than the SmallGovCon Week In Review, we haven’t yet found it.

In this week’s edition, we’ll take a closer look at (never-ending) efforts to streamline the acquisition process, defense contractors that are putting workers in danger, projected #GovCon trends for 2019, proposed changes to SDVOSB and WOSB sole-source limits, and the FBI’s current investigation into the JEDI cloud procurement.

Have a great weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week In Review February 25 – March 1, 2019

Holy smokes, can you believe it’s already March? In just a few short weeks, spring will (finally) be here and Q1 will be at an end.

We hope that you’re gearing up for a nice weekend. But before you punch out, let’s take a look at the-week-that-was. In this edition of the Week In Review, we’ll try to put a maligned website out of its misery, look at increasing cybersecurity requirements, and explore a new Pentagon contract.

Have a great weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week In Review February 18, 2019-February 22, 2019

Another week; another snow storm. As with much of the country, lovely Lawrence Kansas is thawing out from yet another midweek snow deluge.  

For those of you looking to escape the snow for a bit, we’ve got a fresh set of stories in this week’s news including misbehaving contractors, the success of PTAC in Little Rock, a contract war in space, and Snoop Dogg giving back to SDVOSBs.  

Kick your feet up, put on some D-O-double-G, and have a great weekend! 

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SmallGovCon Week In Review February 11 – February 15, 2019

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending the National 8(a) Conference in Nashville. If you’re an 8(a) Program participant and have never been, I’d certainly recommend it: beyond the breaking GovCon news, there’s lots of great networking opportunities. Be sure to pencil-in the date for 2020!

Let’s wrap up the week as we always do, with the Week In Review. In this edition, we’ll look at GAO’s recommendations for DOD’s planned IT upgrades, additional uncertainty for federal contractor back-pay, and more contractors behaving badly.

Have a great weekend!

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Say What? SBA Says the Runway Extension Act Doesn’t Apply to SBA

The Small Business Runway Extension Act continues to be a hot topic of conversation among small businesses. For good reason: it revised the receipts calculation period for revenue-based size standards from three years to five.  

In late 2018, the SBA opined that the Runway Extension Act wasn’t applicable because the SBA had not yet updated its regulations. Following industry pushback, the SBA’s position seems to have evolved. During a panel discussion at this year’s National 8(a) Conference, the SBA said that the Runway Extension Act applies to every agency that might adopt its own size standards . . . just not the SBA itself.

This new justification is a bit of a head-scratcher. And I still don’t think the SBA has it right.

Let’s work through the SBA’s position together.

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