SBA Seeks Input for Contracting Rule

February 11, 2015

pic-contractingThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is calling for all comments to its proposed rule, Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Amendments, issued on Dec. 29, 2014. The proposed rule would change regulations and implement Section 1651 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), which could impact small businesses in the federal market.

The proposed rule offers changes to several key areas, including: the performance requirements applicable to small business and socioeconomic program set aside contracts and small business subcontracting, the performance requirements for joint ventures, and the nonmanufacturer rule and affiliation rules. The highlights of the proposed revisions to the NDAA are as follows:

  • Subcontracting: Changing the way that performance is calculated on small and socioeconomic set-aside contracts, and authorizes similarly situated subcontractors to count towards the performance requirements.
  • Joint Ventures: Making the performance requirements consistent, regardless of whether or not a small business chooses to joint venture or perform in a prime or subcontractor relationship.
  • NonManufacturer Rule:  Revisions to SBA’s regulations pertaining to the Nonmanufacturer rule and affiliation rules including the treatment of software as a commodity and the elimination of waiver requests for procurements within the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT).

The comment period for this rule will end on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. For additional information on this proposed rule visit the Federal Register website.