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A compilation of procurement news affecting small business. (Small Business Briefs).

* SBA Goes Bilingual

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has long been known for having an excellent Web site that makes extensive information available online for small business use. The SBA has now made its Web site available in Spanish. See this new capability at www.sba.gov/espanol.

* Small Business Size Standards

The SBA has issued a waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for plain and unmounted bearings and mounted bearings (North American Industry Classification System 333614). This action has been taken because the SBA has been unable to locate any small business manufacturers for these products. Effective June 14, 2002, the waiver means that otherwise qualified nonmanufacturers can supply the products of any domestic manufacturer on a federal contract that has been set aside either for SBs or for awards given through the SBA 8(a) program. For additional information, contact Edith Butler, program analyst, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW, Washington, DC 20416, 202/619-0422.

The SBA also has proposed to waive the Nonmanufacturer Rule for small arms ammunition manufacturing (NAICS 332992). Additional information is available from Ms. Butler. Effective July 1, 2002, the SBA also has increased the size standard for travel agencies (NAICS code 561510) from $1 million to $3 million. Further information is available from Diane Heal, Office of Size Standards, 202/205-6618.

* Proposed Legislation

Congress is considering a number of pieces of proposed legislation that are of interest to small businesses:

* S. 1994, introduced by Senate SB Committee Chairman John Kerry and co-sponsored by Senator Christopher Bond, would increase the sole-source threshold for 8(a) and HUBZone contracts by $1 million to $4 million for goods and services, and $6 million for construction. The legislation also would establish a priority preference for firms that are certified in both programs.

* H.R. 4805, introduced by Representative Calvin Dooley, would permit certain task forces created by the president to designate some geographic areas as HUBZones. The task forces include the Interagency Task Force on the Economic Development of the Central San Joaquin Valley, the Interagency Task Force on the Economic Development of the Southwest Border, or any other such task force established by executive order that is given the authority to designate HUNBZones.

* S. 2466 and S. 2463 are designed to strengthen the definition of contract bundling and to make it more difficult to consolidate federal contract requirements. S. 2466 would be applicable to all federal agencies, and S. 2463 would apply only to the Department of Defense (DOD).

* Commercial Subcontracts

The DOD has amended its Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement coverage, regarding the responsibilities of contractors and administrative contracting officers and determining whether a subcontract item meets the definition of commercial item that is specified in the FAR.

As of May 31, 2002, the following is now effective:

* The contractor determines whether a particular subcontract item meets the definition; and

* During the contractor purchasing system review, the ACO reviews the adequacy of the rational supporting the determination.

* Utilization of Indian Organizations and Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises

The DOD has amended its DFARS (effective May 31, 2002) to implement Section 8022 of the DOD Appropriations Act for FY 2001 (Public Law 106-259), which provided funding for incentive payments to DOD contractors and subcontractors at any tier that use Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises as subcontractors. Further information is available from Angelina May, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20301-3062, 703/602-1302 (cite DFARS Case 2000-D024).

* Noncommercial Acquisitions below Simplified Acquisition Threshold

While the FAR provides for the use of a consolidated set of offeror representations and certifications in commercial item purchases, no such provision has been made for noncommercial purchase below the simplified acquisition threshold ($100,000). The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has corrected this situation with the issuance of a final rule (effective June 6, 2002) that provides a set of representations and certifications for its simplified acquisitions that exceed the micro-purchase threshold. The new clause may be found in NASA's FAR Supplement at 1852.213-70. Further information may be obtained from Celeste Dalton, NASA, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), 202/358-1645, or e-mail to cdalton@hq.nasa.gov.

About the Author

DONNA S. IRETON, FELLOW, is director of the Acquisition Management Consulting and Training Group, Advanced Systems Development, Inc., in Saratoga, California. She was the 1998-1 999 national president and is currently a member of the Washington, D.C., Chapter. The author invites readers to call her at 408/868-1699, or send e-mail to direton@asd-inc.com, if they experience any difficulties pursuing information given in this article.
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