More time to speak out on size standards

The Small Business Administration has extended the deadline by 60 days for comments on the advance notice of a proposed rule to the agency's effort to restructure small-business size standards. Comments are now due by April 3 instead of Feb. 1.

The comment period was extended in response to requests from the public for more time to review the issues described in the advance notice, and because of the scope and nature of the size standard issues themselves.

SBA published a proposed rule last March to re-do its small-business size standards based primarily on the number of employees of a business and by reducing to 10 the number of size-standard levels.

Most of the more than 4,000 comments on the proposed changes supported the proposal, but SBA also received a large number opposing various aspects of the agency's approach to simplifying size standards. As a result, SBA withdrew the proposal July 1.

SBA published an advance notice of the proposed rulemaking, seeking comments on several issues that were raised during the public comment period. The notice sought comments on:

  • Approach to simplify size standards

  • Calculation of the number of employees, including how SBA defines an employee for company-size purposes

  • Use of receipts-based size standards

  • Designating size standards for federal procurement

  • Establishing size standards for use solely in federal procurement

  • Establishing tiered size standards

  • Simplifying affiliation regulations

  • Simplifying small-business joint-venture eligibility regulations

  • Grandfathering small-business eligibility

  • Impact of size standards on regulations of other federal agencies.

Comments may be submitted by e-mail to restructure.sizestandards@sba.gov; by fax to 202-205-6390; or by mail to Gary Jackson, Assistant Administrator for Size Standards, 409 3rd St. SW, Washington, DC 20416.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
 Top 100 Slideshow
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts