Scrutiny for 8(a) sole-source follow-on contract awards between subsidiaries of same ANC

“….. SBA’s ability to enforce its regulation prohibiting subsidiaries owned by the same ANC from operating in the same primary line of business as reported to SBA is hindered by limited tracking and sharing of information across SBA’s 68 district offices.”

ALASKA NATIVE CORPORATIONS:

Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Limit SBA’s Ability to Monitor Compliance with 8(a) Program Requirements

GAO-16-113: Published: Mar 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2016.

What GAO Found

GAO has reported in the past that the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) ability to enforce regulations prohibiting the award of follow-on, sole-source contracts to 8(a) subsidiary firms of the same Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) relies on contract information from other federal agencies that is sometimes incomplete. SBA’s regulations prohibit program participants from receiving an 8(a) sole-source contract that immediately follows another 8(a) contract with the same requirements performed by another participant owned by the same ANC.  Read the whole report on GAO’s Website…

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Notable protest is denied by GAO

If you’ve followed this story since November of last year, the GAO has just announced that Boeing and Lockheed’s protest has been denied for this $80 billion dollar bomber contract.

GAO Denies Boeing’s Protest of Bomber Contract

Defense News

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office has denied Boeing’s protest of the US Air Force’s decision to award Northrop Grumman a contract to build the Long Range Strike Bomber, allowing Northrop to move forward with engineering and development work after a three-month delay. Continue reading

Back at it… and more on the benefits of the Mentor-Protege Program

We’ve been quiet here at the FedNewsFeed, but I’ve been monitoring news and haven’t seen many ground breaking articles recently.  This piece about the SBA Mentor-Protege program is a general overview of how larger companies like Lockheed Martin call on smaller companies for their specialized experience.  The program is an avenue for these smaller companies to access work opportunities with the federal government.

Mentor/Protege Program: A way into the world of defense

Source: WAAYTV
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 3:37 pm |Updated: 8:06 am, Thu Aug 13, 2015.

Walking through the Space and Missile Defense Symposium you will see big defense contractors everywhere you turn but even more populous are the small business booths.
The symposium is a fantastic networking opportunity for smaller businesses hoping to make waves in the world of defense and one program in particular can even more helpful. It is called the mentor/protege program and many large defense contractors participate in it, one of those companies if Northrop Grumman. Read the full article.

GSA Recognizes Small Business Partnerships With Mentor Protégé of the Year Awards

GSABlogLogoSAIC, Inc. headlines this years awardees for the GSA Mentor of the Year and Protégé of the Year.

Read the full article here:  http://gsablogs.gsa.gov/gsablog/2015/05/18/gsa-recognizes-small-business-partnerships-with-mentor-protege-of-the-year-awards/

PilieroMazza Submits Comments on Proposed Mentor-Protege Programs

PilieroMazza has recently released their comments regarding the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) proposed rule of February 5, 2015, to establish a mentor-protégé program for all small businesses.

Overall, the firm says “We concur with much of what SBA is proposing in this rulemaking and we commend the agency for its efforts. We hope SBA will target the end of 2015 to issue the final rule.”

Download the full “Final Comments” Document Here.  which says they are “in favor of the SBA’s proposal to create one new mentor-protégé program available for all small businesses, including service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (“SDVOSBs”), HUBZone firms, women-owned and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (“WOSBs/EDWOSBs”).”

The document also highlights the potential benefits available to 8(a) protégés, and further opinion, for or against, about the rule changes that the SBA proposal will address.

 

 

OHA Ruling Shows Danger in Proposed SBA Rule

PM Legal Minute LogoBy Jon Williams, PilieroMazza

OHA Ruling Shows Danger in Proposed SBA Rule By Jon Williams As the saying goes, unless you have been living under a rock, then you know that SBA recently proposed new rules to create a mentor-protégé program for all small businesses.   Less well known, however, is a provision included with the proposed mentor-protégé rules that would dramatically alter how applicants in non-designated groups qualify for the 8(a) Program. SBA is seeking to change the rules for establishing social disadvantage so the agency could reject a claim of social disadvantage if SBA believes the applicant has not sufficiently rebutted an alternate theory by SBA for the claimed discrimination.

In our comments to the proposed rule, we opposed this change because we believe it would unfairly increase the evidentiary burden for applicants. It will also create a slippery slope that will make it much easier for SBA reviewers to reject what an applicant has offered to show social disadvantage, even when the information is uncontroverted.

Read the full story here.

 

PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 4/17/2015

pillieromazzalogoPlease Click Here for the Weekly Report (opens PDF).

In this week’s report:

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Small Entity Compliance Guide
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Interim Rule to Amend FAR Regarding Further Amendments to Equal Employment Opportunity
  • GSA Turns the Lights on at Acquisition.gov
  • DoD Issues Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power 3.0: Achieving Dominant Capabilities Through Technical Excellence and Innovation
  • Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee Issues FY 2014 Report on Federal Agency Suspension and Debarment Activities

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

  • SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Surety Bond Guarantee Program

– See more at: http://www.pilieromazza.com/weekly-update-newsletter#sthash.TKXbkHyR.dpuf