Top of the Class: 8(a) Early Graduation

The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program is the crème de la crème of federal government contracting and there is a high bar to entry for admission. Among other things, individuals that are not a member of one of the recognized groups that is automatically presumed to be socially disadvantaged must prove they were socially disadvantaged throughout their life through what is called a social disadvantage narrative. Beyond that, there are a number of other qualifications, such as being economically disadvantaged, a business’s potential for success, and evidence of good character that must also be met. 13 C.F.R. § 124.101. The process is difficult, and once an individual is admitted, they no doubt want to make the most of it.  

Oftentimes, small businesses that participate in the 8(a) SBA’s Business Development Program remain in the Program for the full 9 years that the SBA allows, which culminates in the small business “graduating” from the program. 13 C.F.R. § 124.302. Sometimes, the business grows so successfully that it no longer meets the qualifications of being small, and thus is required to graduate early from the 8(a) Program. So how exactly does that happen? Read on to find out.  

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Back to Basics: Size Protests and Appeals

When a business is poised to win a federal contract award set aside for small businesses, there is always the potential for a competitor to challenge that award on the basis that the proposed winner is not actually a small business based on SBA’s size and affiliation rules. Or, if your company just lost an award, you may consider challenging that the proposed winner is a small business. Either way, it pays to know the basics behind size protests and appeals. While you could read through my recent handbook on Procedures and Pitfalls of Size Protests and Appeals (it’s a good read!), here are some key things to keep in mind when considering size protests and appeals.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review, April 18-22, 2022

Happy Friday, Readers! I hope you had a very productive week. It’s hard to believe that we are almost through the month of April already and It won’t be long before the kids are out of school. Parents get ready!!!

The world of federal government contracting just seems to get busier and busier. This week there were several articles on the Pentagon’s budget increasing for AI capabilities and the implementation of Buy American Preference for infrastructure. We’ve also included a few cautionary tales on why it’s a terrible idea for contractors, or anyone else, to try to defraud the federal government. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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The DFARS Approach to Data Rights

We have discussed data rights in the general federal government context, now it is finally time to look at the DFARS’ approach to this area of intellectual property. One thing: The DFARS (Defense Acquisition Regulation Systems) does not replace the FAR. It is a supplement, not a completely different set of rules. That said, there are certain nuances that the contractor needs to be aware of in order to navigate the DoD’s requirements.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 11-15, 2022

Hello, readers and happy Friday! The trees are starting to bloom here in the Midwest and they are beautiful but they have many of us sneezing. A small price to pay for warmer weather and a beautiful spring landscape. Am I right?

This week in the federal government landscape world saw a hearing on the federal contractor vaccine mandate, greener IT contracts, and a new GSA contracting vehicle.

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MyGovWatch Live: The B2G Roundtable with Federal Contracts Attorney Nicole Pottroff: April 20, 2022 @ 1:00pm EDT

Please join this informative Q & A session hosted by Nick Bernardo, the president and founder of MyWatchGov.com, as he speaks with Koprince McCall Pottroff LLC’s equity partner, Nicole Pottroff, on April 20, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT. Nick has extensive experience helping “companies of all sizes figure out how to find, compete for, and actually win government contracts.” Nick’s program, MyGovWatch Live: The B2G Roundtable, is “a casual, talk-show style, interactive monthly online forum for anyone to join and learn more about how to win government contracts at all levels.” This month, the expert joining in on the roundtable is our own Nicole Pottroff, who will be answering questions on the legal side of government contracting. You can register for the event here. Hope to see you there!