Small Business Programs and Certifications


Winter Newsletter from VA OSDBU – News, Information and Resources – from the OFFICE OF SMALL & DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS UTILIZATION Winter 2021 [March 2021]

COFC: “Rule of Two” Must Be Analyzed Before “Any” Acquisition – Blog, Government Contracts & International Trade – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC [February 2021]

Protest challenges small biz joint venture’s structure [February 2021]

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) decision in HWI Gear, Inc. v. United States highlights the importance of reviewing a solicitation to determine if the text of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.219-28 is included in it, as well as the risk of engaging in corporate transactions while a proposal to a procuring agency is pending. In this case, the COFC held that an offeror was required to recertify its size status during a procurement, and the agency’s failure to enforce this requirement invalidated the award. [February 2021]

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal, awarding 26.50 percent or $132.9 billion in federal contract dollars to small businesses, over $12 billion increase from the previous fiscal year. Additionally, the Fiscal Year 2019 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard marks the second time in Scorecard history that the women-owned small business contracting goal of 5% has been met*. The federal government also added a record-breaking one million jobs to the American economy with $132.9 billion in prime contract dollars awarded to small businesses and $90.7 billion in subcontracts awarded. Overall, the federal government earned an “A” on this year’s government-wide Scorecard.  A copy of the document is available at