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.
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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

Northrup Grumman in new Mentor-Protege agreement

From Nasdaq Globenewswire – “Under the 36-month agreement, Northrop Grumman will assist QTEC, Inc., a small, woman-owned business located in Huntsville, to enhance QTEC’s engineering and technology capabilities, business infrastructure and business development. Key focus areas include information assurance and DOD certifications, cybersecurity operations, emerging security technologies and systems engineering.”

Read the full article here.

 

PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 3/13/2015

pillieromazzalogoPlease Click Here for the Weekly Report.

In this week’s report:

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

  • DoD Issues Notice to Publish an Updated List of Product Categories for Which Federal Prison Industries Have a Significant Market Share
  • DOL and OMB Issue a Memorandum Regarding the Implementation of the President’s Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces
  • DOT Issues Notice to Announce New Contracting Initiative

VETERANS AFFAIRS

  • VA Issues Final Rule to Implement VOSB and SDVOSB Status Protests

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

  • SBA Reopens Comment Period for the Proposed Rule to Implement Provisions of the NDAA of 2013 Published December 29, 2014
  • A Notice was Issued for the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

– See more at: http://www.pilieromazza.com/weekly-update-newsletter#sthash.tx8SMjfD.dpuf