SBA to Small Businesses: Be Careful with Ostensible Subcontractors on SBIR Awards

In a recent decision, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) examined a company that received two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awards. The SBA Area Office had determined that the awardee was not an eligible small business due to ostensible subcontractor affiliation and other reasons. This decision is an important reminder for SBIR candidates on how they should structure subcontracting teams, as SBA will examine SBIR awardee eligibility.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: December 12-16, 2022

Happy Friday, Readers. We hope you have had a great week and are excited about the holiday season. There’s only one more weekend to get that shopping done! No matter how prepared I think I am, it seems there is always something that sneaks up at the last minute. We do hope you find time to sit and relax a bit this weekend and we’ve included some articles about federal government contracting that we believe are worth a read, including updates on the government shutdown and NDAA. Enjoy!

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Webinar Event: December 15, 2022 at 2:00pm MST: The Do’s & Don’ts of Federal Contracting

Federal contracting rules and laws are complicated, and the rules aren’t always intuitive. Many contractors make legal mistakes routinely, involving everything from completing SAM profiles to calculating small business size to communicating with government contracting officers.

I invite you to join Greg Weber and myself as we discuss the Top 21 Most Common Legal Mistakes that contractors make time and time again hosted by the El Paso Chamber of Commerce. You will learn what these common mistakes are and how to avoid them. Hope to see you there! Click here to register.

SmallGovCon Week in Review: December 5-9, 2022

Happy Friday, Readers. We hope you have a great week and are finishing the year strong. There were several announcements in federal government contracting this week. The SBA issued a statement regarding the recent announcement by the Department of Defense (DoD) on the creation of the Office of Strategic Capital (OSC) as well as releasing a statement on the Coronavirus Crisis Report Concerning Fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program. Please read more on those announcements below and other federal government happenings. Have a great weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: November 28-December 2, 2022

Happy Friday, Readers! December is already here and as we kick off the holiday season, it’s hard to believe that the year is wrapping up already. And speaking of “wrapping” there’s sure to be some of that in the next few weeks. My advice is to pace yourself. The holiday season often feels like we are sprinting, as we try to get it all done and to attend all the holiday festivities. Make sure you slow down enough to really enjoy friends and family. I’ve been enjoying our downtown holiday lights which get better every year, it seems.

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SBA Issues Final Rule on SDVOSB Certification

SBA has issued its final rule for its takeover of the Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Certification program. The rule will have an effective date of January 1, 2023. We discussed the proposed rule in our post here. Below are a few key takeaways from the final version of the rule.

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