Proposed Changes to SBA’s HUBZone Program

By Taimur Rabbani and Andrew Campbell SBA HUBZone Program Since 1997, the Small Business Administration’s Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program has spurred economic development in non-metropolitan, underdeveloped and impoverished areas by providing federal contracting assistance to small businesses located in these areas. The HUBZone program, unlike other federal contracting assistance programs like SBA’s...

The Rule of Two

By Grace Mahan Government contracts law and procedure includes a number of rules intended to facilitate or require the awarding of contracts to small businesses through set-asides. One such rule is the “Rule of Two,” which mandates that a contract officer (CO) set aside any acquisition over $150,000 for small business participation when there...

Devil’s in the Details

By Grace Mahan Because a high level of detail allows for substantive comparison between different bids, it is important both in securing contract awards and in the process of protesting awards after unsuccessful bids. A recent GAO protest ruling, Beacon Grace, LLC, recently highlighted the importance of detail in the government contract bidding process....

The Danger of the “Plug Number” and a Simple Strategy to Avoid Death by Mistake

By Grace Mahan Ideally, prospective contractors make bids for government contracts without error. However, whether because of a clerical oversight or off-the-mark subcontractor bids, mistakes do occur. Often, errors in bids for government contracts result in the forced removal of a bid, or worse, the retroactive reversal of an award. However, as highlighted by...

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