I was on the road during the latter half of last week–first a stop in Columbia, Missouri for a workshop with the Missouri PTAC, and then on to the greater Chicago area, where I gave a presentation at a procurement conference. My travels prevented me from getting SmallGovCon Week In Review posted on its usual Friday date, so here is a special Monday morning edition of government contracting news and commentary.
I am back in Lawrence after a trip to the greater Chicago area, where I spoke at The Next Level: Federal Contracting conference.
The conference was a great chance for experienced federal contractors to avoid beginning level seminars (“how to register in SAM” and so forth) and concentrate on information designed to help them take their government contracting businesses to the next level. I was honored to be part of an all-star roster of speakers, including Tom Johnson and Alice Lipowicz of Set-Aside Alert, Richard Hernandez of e-MBE.net, and Jamie Bratten of EZGovOpps. My presentation focused on the SBA’s proposed new “universal” mentor-protege program.
Many thanks to Rita Haake and Amber Gardner of the Illinois PTAC at the College of DuPage for putting on this conference and inviting me to speak. A big “thank you,” as well, to all of the contractors and industry professionals who attended the event, asked great questions, and seem poised to take full advantage of the new mentor-protege program.
The government awarded 24.99% of prime contracting dollars to small businesses in Fiscal Year 2014, a sharp increase over the 23.39% figure from 2013.
The SBA’s 2014 Small Business Procurement Scorecard, which was released today, shows that the government beat its 23% goal for the second year running. It wasn’t all good news, though: the government again failed to meet its WOSB and HUBZone goals.
A company’s failure to certify itself as a small business on its SAM profile resulted in the elimination of the company from a set-aside competition.
In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO held that a procuring agency properly excluded the low bidder from award of a small business set-aside contract because the low bidder’s SAM profile stated that it was not a small business under the solicitation’s NAICS code.
The FAR Council recently proposed amendments to Part 19 regarding large prime contractors’ subcontracting plans. The amendments require, among other things, that a large prime include in its subcontracting plan the “NAICS code and corresponding size standard of each subcontract” that it will award to a small business.
The proposed FAR amendment assumes that large prime contractors are assigning NAICS codes to their subcontracts, and with good reason–the SBA’s regulations require it. In my experience, however, many large primes are not doing so.
Just last week, SmallGovCon celebrated its third anniversary. When I started the blog in May 2012, I wondered whether there would be enough “going on” to support a regular blog about government contracting law for small government contractors. Clearly, my worries were unfounded.
Instead, I have more often found that there is too much happening in the world of government contracting law to be able to blog about everything important. And so, in an ongoing effort to increase SmallGovCon’s scope and content, I am happy to announce that Matt Schoonover is joining me as a SmallGovCon co-author. Matt is my colleague at Koprince Law LLC, and works closely with me in providing legal services to government contractors. He also happens to be a Jayhawk and an all-around nice guy.
Please visit the Koprince Law website to see Matt’s biography and learn more about him and his practice. And be sure to follow SmallGovCon over the coming weeks for Matt’s posts (and, of course, many more from yours truly).
Last week, SmallGovCon hit a milestone: the 500th post since the blog began publication in May 2012.
At the beginning, I wondered whether anyone would pay attention to a blog focusing exclusively on legal issues of interest to small government contractors. I don’t wonder anymore. According to Google Analytics, several hundred readers visit SmallGovCon each weekday–sometimes, many more than that. Even if it weren’t for Google’s metrics, I would know that SmallGovCon has filled an important information gap from the comments I receive whenever I am on the road at industry events. Many people I meet for the first time don’t know me yet, but they do know SmallGovCon.
I have been fortunate to write for a bright, articulate audience of contractors and industry professionals. Yes, that means you. So whether you are a first-time reader or long-time follower, thank you for reading SmallGovCon. A blog is nothing without its readers, and I am honored–and humbled–to be read by you.