Are you a small business owner doing business with the government? As previously reported here, the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published a proposed rule to implement Section 1651 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), proposing to change several key areas that could impact you:
- The performance requirements applicable to small business and socioeconomic program set aside contracts and small business subcontracting.
- The nonmanufacturer rule and affiliation rules.
- The performance requirements for joint ventures.
From the SBA’s point of view, the proposed regulations should benefit small businesses by allowing small business concerns to use similarly-situated subcontractors in the performance of a set-aside contract, thereby expanding the capacity of small business prime contractors and potentially enabling small businesses to compete for and win larger contracts. SBA also believes the proposed rules will strengthen the small business subcontracting provisions, which may result in more subcontract awards to small business concerns. The proposed regulations also seek to address or clarify issues that are ambiguous or subject to dispute, thereby providing clarity to federal contracting officers as well as small business concerns.
Have comments? Visit the Federal Register online for information and to submit your comments by February 27, 2015.