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Legislation Affecting YOUR Access to Federal Contracts

Informed business owners not only are aware of the legislation that affects their business, but also take proactive steps to incorporate the changes into business-building strategies. The areas affected by recent legislation and rulings include:

  • Small Business Parity
  • Increased Dollar Thresholds
  • Sole Source Dollar Award Thresholds
  • Women’s Procurement Program
  • Prime Contractor Requirements for Subcontracting Plans
  • Bundling Limits
  • Size Standards Review

Small Business Parity

Equal footing was restored to all small business types in federal contracting programs. The types of small business affected are: those businesses who are “Small” as determined by the SBA Size Standards, 8(a) Certified, Women-Owned, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned and HUBZone. This means that the contracting officer now has the ability to choose the small business type for set-aside opportunities as opposed to being required to focus on just only one type, such as HUBZone.

Owners of small businesses pursuing government contracts will take advantage of this situation by answering every Sources Sought Notice or Request for Information (RFI) where their products or services are required. The federal government uses Sources Sought Notices and RFIs as market research to determine if enough qualified small businesses can perform the work, and if so, will then have reason to set-aside the contract for small business, or a particular type of small business. For instance, if two businesses who are 8(a) certified respond, the contracting officer may then issue the opportunity as an 8(a) set-aside. If one business responds who is 8(a) and another who is woman-owned, the set-aside may be for “small business”.

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