WHAT: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published a sweeping final rule implementing several provisions of the National Defense Authorization Acts of 2016 and 2017 and the Recovery Improvements for Small Entities After Disaster Act of 2015 (RISE Act), as well as clarifying existing regulations. The new rule addresses contracting preferences for small businesses in disaster areas; SBA Procurement Center Representative (PCR) reviews; contracting officer oversight of subcontracting restrictions; limitations on subcontracting exclusions; indirect costs in commercial subcontracting plans; material breach of subcontracting plans; size and status recertifications; and the kit assembly exclusion to the non-manufacturer rule (NMR).
WHEN: The SBA published the rule on November 29, 2019, effective December 30, 2019.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR INDUSTRY: SBA’s new rule touches on many different areas, from oversight to contract administration. While some of these changes will have minimal direct effect on contractors, others could significantly impact the way small and large businesses seek opportunities and structure their agreements and proposals.
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