On September 14, 2015, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a final rule in the Federal Register to allow women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs) to be eligible to receive sole-source awards under the WOSB program set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (13 C.F.R. § 27.101). These changes are mandated by § 825 of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The new rule becomes effective on October 14, 2015.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has ruled in favor of one of the firm’s clients in size-determination case.
On December 29, 2014, Small Business Administration proposed rules in the Federal Register to, among other things, relax the affiliation rules for similarly situated entities. Similarly situated entities are those companies that share the same size status or other socioeconomic program status. For example, two small businesses are similarly situated to each other and two 8(a) Business Development Program participants are similarly situated to each other. Specifically, the SBA proposed to amend the ostensible subcontractor rule located in 13 CFR § 121.103(h)(4) and broaden the exception to joint-venture affiliation located in 13 CFR § 121.103(h)(3).