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.

 

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.

 

SBA (Small Business Administration) Proposes Change to Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program

From the latest PilieroMazza report, the SBA recently issued a Proposed Rule to Amend:sbalogo

  • Small Business Mentor Protégé Program, Small Business Size Regulations, Government Contracting Programs, 8(a) Business Development/Small Disadvantaged Business Status Determinations;
  • HUBZone Program;
  • WOSB Federal Contract Program,
  • and Rules of Procedure Governing Cases Before OHA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule to amend its regulations to implement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, 80 Fed. Reg. 6618.  See the full SBA account here.

Based on authorities provided in these two statutes, the proposed rule would establish a Government-wide mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns, consistent with SBA’s mentor-protégé program for Participants in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development (BD) program. Continue reading

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

BY REGINALD M. JONES ON DECEMBER 15, 2014
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…