On January 20, 2016, the FAR Council published a proposed rule calling for changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Parts 19 and 52 that address payments to small business subcontractors.
The proposed changes, which are intended to implement regulations adopted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 2013, will expand the range of small business-related obligations imposed on prime contractors.
The proposed rule stems from the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which, as noted in a previous post, called for regulations governing prime contractors’ compliance with their small business subcontracting plans. Among the Act’s requirements was that prime contractors notify their contracting officer if they pay a “reduced price” or make an “untimely payment” to a small business subcontractor. Although the SBA adopted regulations implementing this statutory directive in July 2013, the Far Council is taking on the task for the first time.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/far-council-adds-new-layer-to-small-business-subcontracting-rules
Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted by March 21, 2016. Comments should reference “FAR Case 2014-004” and may be submitted by mail, email, or online.