As the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services, the U.S. Government provides great opportunities for small businesses. In fact, federal agencies are required to establish goals to ensure that at least 23% of all Government purchases are directed to small businesses. The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides several programs through which small businesses can compete for government contracts and subcontracts, including the 8(a) Business Development, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Women-Owned, Mentor-Protégé, and 8(d) Subcontracting programs. The federal marketplace, however, is heavily regulated, and to do business with the Government, small businesses have to meet stringent qualification requirements.
Navigating the rules that apply to small businesses is also important to large government contractors that team with small businesses. For example, prime contractors and subcontractors on contracts over certain dollar amounts must submit subcontracting plans setting forth specific percentage goals for different types of small businesses. In addition, it is common for large businesses to team with small businesses under small business set-aside contracts. It is essential that both large and small businesses understand the unique requirements associated with these arrangements, as they have become the subject of increased scrutiny by procuring agencies and the SBA in recent years.
Wiley Rein has a wealth of experience providing guidance and representation on small business issues to both small and large businesses. Representative matters include:
- Assisting with the formation of small business concerns under various SBA programs.
- Advising small and large businesses on teaming arrangements, joint ventures, subcontract agreements, the Mentor-Protégé program, and small business affiliation rules.
- Appealing formal size determinations and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code designations to the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals.
- Litigating size and HUBZone protests against contract awardees before the SBA.
- Representing small businesses in bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), including pre-award and post-award protests of small-business sole-source and set-aside contracts.
- Counseling small and large businesses on the requirements of the Limitation on Subcontracting clause (also known as the "50 percent rule").
- Counseling large government contractors on small-business subcontracting requirements and small business subcontracting plans.
- Counseling large businesses that work as joint venture partners or subcontractors to small-businesses under small business set-aside contracts.
Small-business contracting and subcontracting issues will continue to be an important part of doing business in the federal marketplace for both small and large businesses. Wiley Rein's attorneys can help contractors of all sizes ensure that they are meeting the requirements for operating as and with small businesses.
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- It’s My Appeal, But It’s Your Claim: ASBCA Orders Government to File Complaint in Appeal of Government Claim
- “Willfully” Reinterpreted: The Effect of DOJ’s Latest Interpretation of False Statement Statutes on Contractors’ Mandatory Disclosure Obligations
- Don’t Be Fooled by Fakes: Five Issues to Address in Complying with DOD’s New Counterfeit Electronic Parts Rule
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- Is Your Company SCA Compliant? Figure It Out Before the United States Department of Labor Figures It Out for You!
- GAO Agrees With ISDC: Many Agencies Have Enhanced Their Suspension and Debarment Programs and Increased the Use of Suspension and Debarment Remedies
- Wiley Rein Attorneys Partner with Lawline for “Federal Contracting: A Five-Part Series”
- Speeches & Publications
President Obama Signs Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act
By Tracye Winfrey Howard and Michael P. Grogan
January 8, 2014
Government Contractors' Guide to Confronting the Bankruptcy of a Business Partner
By John T. Farnum, Alexander M. Laughlin and Eric W. Leonard
December 24, 2013 | Bloomberg BNA's Federal Contracts Report
SBA Issues Final Rule Addressing Small Business Set-Asides in Connection With Multiple Award Contracts
By John R. Prairie and Benjamin Kohr
October 4, 2013