Federal Acquisition Regulation

It has been a long time coming, but it appears that the government will (finally) amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to align with prior changes by the Small Business Administration (SBA) concerning credit for lower-tier small business subcontracting.

The proposed rule addresses changes to FAR 19.704 and 52.219-9 to marry the regulation up with

Novations are the government contracting equivalent of M&A in the private sector – the process through which a government contract can be transferred from one business to another (without violating the Anti-Assignment Act).

There are many reasons that a novation might be necessary.  A business holding a government contract could be acquired by another

As a Federal contractor, you already know that the FAR requires you to retain certain project records (books, documents, etc.) for audit and inspection purposes – typically for a period of at least three years after final payment.  But did you know that the regulations allow contractors to cut the clutter by converting paper records

It’s a frustrating position for government contractors:  you have plenty of small businesses working on your job, but cannot count them towards your subcontracting goals because they are not first-tier subs.  Good news!  Things are about to change.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is finally proposing to amend its regulations to allow large business

New and exciting small business contracting opportunities are out there – if you know where to look.

Under Federal Acquisition Subpart 19.5 (Set-Asides for Small Businesses), government purchases with an anticipated dollar value exceeding $3,000 (but not over $150,000) are automatically reserved for performance by qualifying small businesses.  For procurements over $150,000, the contract

Everyone knows the old adage about a tree falling in the woods that makes a sound (or does it?).  Recently, we’ve had to consider a similar question about a contractor’s claim certification under the Contract Disputes Act.  If a certification is made, but later lost, does it still count? 

In a word:  No.

Contractors submitting

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published interim final rules that increase the revenue-based small business size standards for general contractors and specialty trade contractors to account for inflation since 2008.  This rule change will result in a significant increase in the number of businesses that are eligible for small business set-aside contracts and can