The Small Business Administration (SBA) has introduced a new website where visitors can review samples of HUBZone-related protest decisions.
Examining these samples can help you learn about how allegations of non-compliance are analyzed by the SBA.
The website also has a link to a mini-primer to help you better understand the HUBZone protest process.
The award of a HUBZone contract may be protested by an offeror, the contracting officer, or the SBA. There are three possible outcomes of a HUBZone status protest:
- Dismissed: the protest was not evaluated by the SBA because it was untimely, not submitted by an interested party, or not specific enough. In some cases when a protest is dismissed because it was not submitted on time, but the information presented was specific, SBA may file its own protest.
- Sustained: SBA found the protested company to be ineligible for the award and/or ineligible for (and therefore decertified from) the program.
- Denied: SBA found the protested company to be eligible for the award and for the program.
Past HUBZone protest decisions can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/content/protest-case-highlights.
The SBA’s mini-primer on Understanding HUBZone Protests can be located at: https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/hubzone-mini-primer-3