SBA Final Rule Relaxes Change of 8(a) Program Ownership, Allows Limited Populated Joint Ventures

SBA has issued a final rule updating some of its rules relating to the 8(a) Program. The final rule will have an impact on some aspects of ownership and control requirements for the 8(a) Program, including providing some flexibility for change of ownership and making some 8(a) set-aside processes a little cleaner. The rule would also allow for populated joint ventures between similarly situated joint venture members.

We wrote about the proposed rule last year. Below are some of the key takeaways from the final rule and any changes from the proposed rule.

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GAO: Agency Can’t Combine Evaluation Factors After the Fact

Typically, agencies will provide a handful of evaluation factors, sometime more, in a solicitation. Common evaluation factors are technical, past performance, and cost. A recent protest decision looked at a solicitation that contained separate factors for 1) offeror’s technical capability and 2) staffing and management approach. The question was, can an agency combine its evaluation for two different factors? If it does mix the two evaluation criteria, is that enough to sustain a protest?

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Govology Webinar: Still A Game Changer: The SBA Mentor-Protégé Program (2023 Update), April 27, 2023, 1:00pm EDT

I hope you will join Nicole Pottroff and I as we discuss the benefits of the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program. We will be covering the program’s eligibility requirements, application process, options such as forming a special Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture and much more. Hope to see you there! Register here.

SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 10-14, 2023

Happy Friday, Readers! Time for your week in review. The spring trees are in full bloom here in Lawrence, Kansas this week and they couldn’t be more beautiful! Other than allergy sufferers, we certainly are enjoying the beauty of spring and hope you are as well.

The federal government contracting world is also very active at this time. There was a lot of buzz this week surrounding the Defense Department and how it can immediately modernize acquisition in addition to a release of the department’s finance study showing how large versus small federal contractors are faring. We’ve included those articles, and a few others we hope you find of interest, below. Enjoy your weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 3-7, 2023

Happy Friday, Readers. We hope you have had a great week. It’s a beautiful day in Lawrence, Kansas and it should be a great weekend for Easter egg hunting if you are so inclined. We hope you can spend time with family and friends this weekend and enjoy the spring weather.

There were some important announcements in federal government contracting this week including the continued saga of CIO-SP4 and anticipation over the Oasis+ contracts. You can read more about that and other federal government contracting news in the articles below. Enjoy the weekend.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: March 27-31, 2023

Happy Friday, Readers! We hope you have had a productive week and are finishing out the month of March strong. There was, of course, lots of activity in the federal government contracting world this week including more buzz around federal cybersecurity issues and the SBA announced that they will be hosting a virtual summit for National Small Business Week. You can read more about these topics, and other federal government related news, in the articles below. Have a great weekend!

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