Legal Updates

Federal Budget Proposes to Cut 25 Percent from SBA-How the Money is Spent is Critical

By: Christine V. Williams on 02/11/2020

The federal budget was released yesterday and while some agencies gained funding; many others did not.  For instance, the SBA's budget was cut by 25 percent, which may be offset by a program set up by SBA to collect fees for financial services.  Here is an excerpt with a link to the budget: Funding Highlights: The Small Business Administration (SBA) serves American entrepreneurs in...

Comment Period Extended for Proposed SBA Regulations-February 7, 2020

By: Christine V. Williams on 01/09/2020

On November 8, 2019, SBA issued extensive and wide-reaching regulations.  Considering the breadth of the regulations and timing of the release over typical holiday breaks/vacations, and comments being due in mid-January, upon request, SBA issued an extension for the comment period until February 7, 2020.  Listed below is the public inspection notice for the Federal Register regarding the...

National Defense Authorization Act-Conference Report and Various Summaries, Including Small Business

By: Christine V. Williams on 12/12/2019

Subject: Conference Report to Accompany S. 1790 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 The Conference Report to S. 1790, NDAA for FY 2020, is now available and will be considered by the House Rules Committee later today.  Links follow along with “small business” excerpts from the Joint Explanatory Statement, and House and Senate Armed Services Committee Press...

SBA Publishes Final Rule-Runway Extension Act-Effective January 6, 2020

By: Christine V. Williams on 12/05/2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is modifying its method for calculating average annual receipts used to prescribe size standards for small businesses. Specifically, in accordance with the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018, SBA is changing its regulations on the calculation of average annual receipts for all of SBA's receipts-based size standards, and for other...

SBA Tribal Consultations-January 14, 2020, Albuquerque-January 16, 2020-Oklahoma City

By: Christine V. Williams on 11/27/2019

SBA will hold one in a series of Tribal Consultations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on January 14, 2019.   SBA will hold another Tribal Consultation on January 16, 2020, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For the formal invitations, please click here: SBA Consultation Invitation (OK 2020) SBA Consultation Invitation (NM 2020) (003)

Final Rule-HUBZone

By: Christine V. Williams on 11/26/2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is amending its regulations for the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program to reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on HUBZone small business concerns and government agencies, implement new statutory provisions, and eliminate ambiguities in the regulations. This comprehensive revision to the HUBZone Program clarifies...

GAO Publishes Bid Protest Report for FY 2018

By: Christine V. Williams on 11/25/2019

The GAO published its Bid Protest Report for Fiscal Year 2018.  In its report the GAO summarizes the cases it handled and how they were resolved.  The GAO also reported on the impacts of the 35 day Government shut down as it related to bid protests.  A lot of Government contractors want to know how many cases are resolved and how they are resolved.  This report helps give insight but please...

SBA Tribal Consultation-Minneapolis-December 10, 2019

By: Christine V. Williams on 11/25/2019

SBA has proposed substantive changes to the regulations governing the 8(a) Business Development program. Some of these changes directly impact tribally-owned 8(a) applicants and Participants, and therefore SBA requests comments and input from the tribal community on the various approaches and changes in the proposed rule.   Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm...

SBA Tribal Consultation – -Anchorage-Wednesday, January 8, 2020

By: Christine V. Williams on 11/12/2019

SBA has proposed substantive changes to the regulations governing the 8(a) Business Development program. Some of these changes directly impact 8(a) applicants and Participants owned by tribes and Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), and therefore SBA requests comments and input from the tribal and ANC communities on the various approaches and changes in the proposed rule. Wednesday, January 8,...

Federal Register-SBA Publishes Proposed Regulations Affecting Multiple Programs and Size

By: Christine V. Williams on 11/08/2019

Today, November 8, 2019, the SBA proposed some pretty hefty changes to its regulations and not just to the mentor protege program.  It also includes changes to size, mandatory performance, eligibility for multiple award contracts, and performance.  Below is the federal summary, the method by which to submit comments, and the link to the rules.  Comments must be received on or before...