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.”


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…


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.

GAO: Performance-Based Contracts Are The Way To Go

Is this the wave of the future for government contracting?

Forbes LogoForbes – 1/27/2015 – Performance-based contracting received a boost this month when the Government Accountability Office found that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is making progress in moving toward a national performance-based approach.

The key word here is national and to that you can add “better contract management.” Under a typically-named government initiative—Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)—the DOT recognized the importance of a more progressive approach in the way federal agencies and states do business with each other, with planning organizations and with private vendors.

Linking transportation programs to performance is an idea that’s been around for some time but wide-scale implementation has been slow. That’s why GAO decided to step in.

In the fiscal year 2013, DOT provided about $50 billion to states and other “grantees”—such as metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies—to support highway and transit infrastructure and safety. However, it is not clear if this funding has improved system performance because, in part, these programs have lacked links to performance and national goals, the watchdog agency said this month in its latest report on the topic.

Read the full article here. 

Are mentor-protégé team awards under greater scrutiny?

SBA 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Joint Ventures Beware: No Guarantee of Exemption from the Rules of Affiliation

The Federal Government Contracts & Procurement Blog

Just because an 8(a) small business and a large business have been approved to participate in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) mentor-protégé program under 13 CFR § 124.520 does not mean that any joint venture between the two companies will be automatically exempt from the rules of affiliation.

In a recent, first of its kind, decision, a joint venture consisting of an approved mentor-protégé team was awarded, and then lost, a multi-million dollar U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) small business set-aside contract to design and build an Army Reserve Center because the SBA found the joint venture partners to be affiliated under the SBA’s rules of affiliation (13 CFR § 121.103).

After award, the contracting officer questioned whether the joint venture agreement submitted by the joint venture partners satisfied the SBA’s rules and initiated a size protest with the SBA Area Office.  The Area Office determined that the joint venture agreement did not itemize all major equipment, facilities, and other resources to be provided by each party, failed to specify the responsibilities of the parties, and did not show how the joint venturers would meet the minimum performance requirements.

Continue reading the full article…

PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 12/12/2014

pillieromazzalogoPlease Click Here for the Weekly Report. In this week’s report:


  • DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Foreign Commercial Satellite Services (DFARS Case 2014-D010)
  • DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Forward Pricing Rate Proposal Adequacy Checklist (DFARS Case 2012-D035)
  • DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Elimination of Quarterly Reporting of Actual Performance Outside the United States (DFARS Case 2015-D001)
  • DoD Issues Memorandum Regarding Implementation of Uniform Procurement Identification
  • No More FOUO: Government Plans to Simplify Labeling of Sensitive Information
  • Transforming the Market Place: Simplifying Federal Procurement to Improve Performance, Drive Innovation, and Increase Savings
  • DOL OFCCP Issues Final Rule to Implement Executive Order 13672, Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Contractors and Subcontractors


  • President Signs Executive Order 13682, Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Friday December 26, 2014


  • SBA Issues Notice Seeking Public Comment Regarding Franchise Agreement Reviews, Affiliation and Eligibility for Financial Assistance
  • Notices Issued by the Committee for the Purchase From People Who are Blind or Severely Disabled

PilieroMazza Weekly Report for December 5, 2014

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

In this week’s report:


  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Proposed Rule to Amend FAR, Information on Corporate Contractor Performance and Integrity
  • NDIA Pathway to Transformation, Acquisition Reform Recommendations
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-78
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Final Rule to Amend FAR, Incorporating Section K In Contracts
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Final Rule to Amend FAR, Streamlining Claims Processing
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Final Rule to Amend FAR, Higher-Level Contract Quality Requirements
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Small Entity Compliance Guide
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Proposed Rule to Amend FAR, Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition Related Thresholds
  • Pentagon May Be Forced to Release Aircraft Manufacturer’s Contract Data


  • Federal IT Overhaul Included in Defense Bill, Headed for Vote


  • SBA Issues Correction to Interim Final Rule Small Business Size Standards, Adoption of 2012 NAICS for Size Standards.