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…


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.

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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:


  • 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
  • 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


  • SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Surety Bond Guarantee Program

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PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 3/13/2015

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In this week’s report:


  • 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


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


  • 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

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PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 2/27/2015

pillieromazzalogoIt has been a few weeks since the last Weekly Report from our lawyers in  DC.  Please Click Here for the latest report.   There are some pending changes to SBA limitations on subcontracting that are worth noting.

In this week’s report:


  • SBA Considering Extending Comment Period for Proposed Rule on the Limitations on Subcontracting
  • GSA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Federal Property Management Regulations/Federal Management Regulation; Supply and Procurement
  • DoD Updates Synchronized Pre-Deployment and Operational Tracker Business Rule
  • DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Domestic Source Restrictions on Certain Naval Vessel Components (DFARS Case 2014-D022)
  • President Obama Signs Executive Order 13691, Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing
  • A Notice Was Issued for the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severly Disabled