January 30, 2017
WOSB Certification Errors Lead to Size Protest
Source: Fox Rothschild LLP, The Federal Government Contracts and Procurement Blog, Nicholas T. Solosky, January 27, 2017
Small business owners need to be aware of the simple, proactive measures that are available right now to avoid headaches down the road.
One prime example is properly maintaining your SAM.gov profile. Taking the time to properly check (and periodically re-check) your SAM.gov reps and certs can help to establish and maintain your eligibility in the SBA’s socio-economic programs (like the Women-Owned, Service-Disabled, and HUBZone programs).
For example, a recent SBA size protest considered the case of whether an apparently woman-owned small business was disqualified from receiving a WOSB set-aside contract award based on incorrect information in its SAM profile. The protest allegations included that the profile included inconsistent representations concerning the business’s size status and WOSB qualifications.
The SBA did not disagree with the basis of the protest – the SAM profile was inconsistent and did not accurately reflect the correct size status for the set-aside contract. Nevertheless, the SBA denied the protest (and the subsequent appeal), finding that the awardee met the WOSB requirement of being at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women (regardless of the conflicting SAM representations). READ MORE….
Contact your nearest PTAC to learn about government contracting and maintaining your SAM.gov profile.
For help with Government Contracting: contact your nearest Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Funded through Cooperative Agreements between the U.S. Department of Defense and state and local governments/institutions, PTACs provide free and low-cost assistance in virtually all areas of government contracting.