Newly organized concern affiliation under the SBA’s affiliation rules did not exist when the alleged former key employee of the affiliate did not exercise influence over the entire company.
In a recent decision, the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals held that no matter the size of the alleged affiliate, a former “key employee” must have had the ability to influence the entire company in order for the newly organized concern affiliation rule to apply.
SBA OHA’s decision in Size Appeal of Metis Technology Solutions, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5538 (2014) involved a size determination conducted in connection with Metis Technology Solutions’ application for admission to the 8(a) program. The SBA Area Office initially found Metis to be affiliated with two large businesses.
Metis subsequently applied for recertification as a small business. The SBA Area Office found that Metis was no longer affiliated with one of the large businesses. However, the SBA Area Office found that Metis was still affiliated with the second large business, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., under the newly organized concern affiliation rule.
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