In a highly anticipated interim rule change published in the Federal Register, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Councils determined that contracts in excess of $20 million issued to companies in the 8(a) small business development program now must include written justification and approval by a senior agency leader. The approval would then be made public.
Ostensibly, the rule is designed to prevent Alaskan Native Corporations (ANCs) from passing most of the work on big-budget contracts through to large subcontractors.
Please look-back at our stated goals for 2010; with this rule, VSBA has effectively accomplished 2 of its three goals – parity & 8(a) fairness in competition. The 3rd, an increase in agency goals as a % for all groups is still in the works.
Although we certainly cannot take credit for these accomplishments; we did contribute constructively to the conversation. It is amazing what simply talking to folks (without pomp & circumstance) can, over time, accomplish.