GAO Denies Protest Challenging SAM Registration

One of the first things a prospective government contractor (including a joint venture) must do to be eligible for an award is to create a business profile in the System for Award Management (or “SAM”). Before making an award, in fact, the contracting officer is obligated to verify the prospective contractor is registered in SAM.

Not only must a business be registered in SAM, but its registration should be up-to-date. It’s an enduring myth of government contracting that a business’s SAM profile only has to be updated annually. But as FAR 4.1201(b)(1) instructs, an offeror’s SAM profile has to be updated as necessary to ensure that it is “kept current, accurate, and complete.”

What happens if a prospective awardee fails to update its SAM profile? Can a disappointed bidder challenge the basis of the award? The answer, according to GAO, is “it depends.”

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All Small Mentor-Protege: SBA Confirms “Two Per Lifetime” Limit

A small business “can have no more than two [SBA] mentors over the life of the business,” according to the SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protege Program website.

The SBA’s clarification of the lifetime limit provides important guidance for proteges, especially because the SBA’s mentor-protege regulations aren’t exactly crystal clear when it comes to this point.  The SBA’s limit ensures that small businesses don’t become permanent proteges–but is “two per lifetime” the best way to carry out that policy?

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: July 23-27, 2018

Big news broke this week as the Department of Defense released its massive (and somewhat controversial) JEDI cloud computing solicitation. But there were plenty of other developments affecting government contractors, too. Let’s take a look at some of these developments, in this week’s SmallGovCon Week in Review.

This edition highlights opportunities for small businesses under OASIS, potential changes to the acquisition process, and more.

Have a great weekend!

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CBCA: Government Also Bound by Six-Year Statute of Limitations

A contractor has many requirements when submitting a claim against the federal government. But the government must also abide by some of the same rules.

Case in point, a recent Civilian Board of Contractor Appeals case affirms that the government is bound by the same six-year time limit to file a claim against a contractor that a contractor has to file a claim against the government.

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Reminder: No NAICS Code Appeals of RFIs

NAICS code appeals can be powerful tools.  A change in a solicitation’s NAICS code–and corresponding change in the small business size standard–can significantly broaden or narrow the competitive playing field.  And statistically speaking, NAICS code appeals are often successful.

But NAICS code appeals are subject to strict rules.  As a recent SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals case confirms, NAICS code appeals cannot be lodged against presolicitations.

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SBA Small Business Size and Affiliation Rules: Our New Handbook is Now Available

I am excited to announce the publication of SBA Small Business Size and Affiliation Rules, the second volume in our series of new government contracting guides called “Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbooks.”

Written in plain English and packed with easy-to-understand examples, this GovCon Handbook demystifies the SBA’s rules regarding small business status for government contracts.

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