SBA Publishes Final Small Business Contracting RuleOctober 9, 2013
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published in the Congressional Record a final rule pursuant to the Small Business Jobs Act of 2013 which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Sept. 27, 2010. The final rule titled: Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery Order Contracts, Bundling, [and] Consolidation addresses “the application of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) small business programs to multiple award contracts[,] and limitations on contract consolidation and bundling.” This final rule seeks to “ensure the increased consideration of small businesses in connection with the establishment and use of multiple award contracts and acquisitions that consolidate contracts.”
Small businesses provide high-quality goods and services to federal agencies and infuse the federal procurement system with much-needed competition, expertise, and cost-effective solutions for their contracting needs. In turn, the federal government invests in the most dynamic and innovative sector of our economy, helping to create jobs and maintain sustainable economic growth for thousands of local communities across the country. Accordingly, NSBA believes that small businesses deserve their fair share of federal contracting dollars and supports any reasonable effort to ensure and improve their participation in the federal marketplace.