SBA Releases Proposed Size Standards for 2017 NAICS
On April 18, 2017, SBA recently released its proposed amended size standard regulations to incorporate the 2017 NAICS classifications.
NAICS 2017 created 21 new industries by reclassifying, combining, or splitting 29 existing industries. SBA proposes corresponding size standards by:
- Increasing size standards for 6 industries (NAICS 2012) and part of one industry
- Decreasing size standards for 2 industries
- Changing size standard methodology from average annual receipts to number of employees for one industry; and
- Not changing the size standards for 20 industries.
SBA is accepting comments by June 19, 2017 (see link below), and will adopt the new/updated size standards on October 1, 2017.
2017 National 8(a) Regional Conference - Alaska
Please note that the 2017 National 8(a) Regional Conference - Alaska will now be on June 28-29, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska.
The 2017 National 8(a) Regional Conference - Alaska is specifically tailored to businesses looking to do work in, partner with, or currently working in or with businesses and the Federal Government Offices of Alaska and the Northwest region of the United States. The Conference offers educational sessions for small businesses, minority businesses, current 8(a) companies, and graduated 8(a) companies as well as supplier diversity matchmaking with federal agencies and large business primes and networking opportunities to meet federal agencies and prospective teaming partners.
When: June 28 - 29, 2017 Where: Anchorage Marriott Downtown, 820 West 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK
SBA Alaska District Staff
See the attached flyer for the complete SBA Alaska district staff directory.
SBA Releases New Participant Benefit Form
SBA has released a new form for reporting Participant benefits, Former 2456, expiration 3/31/19. All 8(a) participants owned by a tribe, ANC, NHO, or CDC are required to submit this form as part of its annual financial submission to the SBA, or as part of its annual update. Find the form below:
SBA REQUIRING NEW 8(A) APPLICANTS TO UPLOAD COMPLETED DOCUMENTS TO CERTIFY WEBSITE
As of February, SBA is now requiring that new applicants upload the completed 8(a) application and supporting documents to http://certify.sba.gov
. Applicants will still initiate the new 8(a) application via SBA’s BD-MIS system, but instead of mailing the signed documents to SBA in San Francisco, the documents must be uploaded via SBA’s CERTIFY website. Instructions for uploading the documents are included on BD-MIS. Applicants will be required to have the 8(a) Application Point of Contact obtain a CERTIFY account (linked to 8(a) applicant business) to upload the documents.
Please contact Rebecca at email@example.com
for questions, concerns, and more information.
Form 1790 Reporting Due
Attention 8(a) participants! The time has come to report any representatives/consultants you have used in obtaining 8(a) federal contracts for the time period July 1 - December 31, 2016. Submit your 1790 form to your SBA Business Opportunity Specialist. The form is available here: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/forms/SBA_Form_1790.pdf
SBA No Longer Requires Form 4506-T
As part of the recent updates to regulations, SBA is no longer requiring 8(a) firms to complete the Form 4506-T for annual updates or as part of the original 8(a) application. However, SBA reserves the right to request additional documentation from the applicant/participant if they deem it necessary for clarification.
2016 Standard Operating Procedure Released
The new SOP has been posted to SBA.GOV: https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-performance/policy-regulations/standard-operating-procedures/office-business-development
2016 SBA Form 912 Released
SBA has released an updated Form 912 with a new expiration date. Older editions are now obsolete. View the new Form 912 here.
NAICS are reviewed every 5 years to address changes in the economy. 2017 NAICS changes include the addition of new and emerging industries, content revisions for selected areas, title changes, and clarification of a few industry definitions effective January 2017. Please note that the new 2017 NAICS are not yet available in SAM.gov nor has SBA released corresponding size standards for the new 2017 NAICS. Noticeable changes were made to six of the 20 NAICS sectors during the 2017 revision of NAICS. These sectors are listed below:
- Sector 21, Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction - Industries in Subsector 211, Oil and Gas Extraction, were restructured, resulting in two new 6-digit industries: 211120, Crude Petroleum Extraction; and 211130, Natural Gas Extraction. 2012 NAICS codes 212231, Lead Ore and Zinc Ore Mining, and 212234, Copper Ore and Nickel Ore Mining, were collapsed into a new 6-digit industry: 212230, Copper, Nickel, Lead, and Zinc Mining.
- Sector 31-33, Manufacturing - 2012 NAICS industries 333911, Pump and Pumping Equipment Manufacturing, and 333913, Measuring and Dispensing Pump Manufacturing, were collapsed into a new 6-digit industry: 333914, Measuring, Dispensing, and Other Pumping Equipment Manufacturing. 2012 NAICS industries 335221, Household Cooking Appliance Manufacturing, 335222, Household Refrigerator and Home Freezer Manufacturing, 335224, Household Laundry Equipment Manufacturing, and 335228, Other Major Household Appliance Manufacturing, were collapsed into a new 6-digit industry: 335220, Major Household Appliance Manufacturing.
- Sector 44-45, Retail Trade - Industries in Subsector 452, General Merchandise Stores, were restructured, resulting in two new industry groups: 4522, Department Stores; and 4523, General Merchandise Stores, including Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters. 2012 NAICS industries 454111, Electronic Shopping, 454112, Electronic Auctions, and 454113, Mail-Order Houses, were collapsed into a new 6-digit industry: 454110, Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses.
- Sector 51, Information - 2012 NAICS industries 512210, Record Production, and 512220, Integrated Record Production/Distribution, were collapsed into a new 6-digit industry: 512250, Record Production and Distribution. Industry Group 5171, Wired Telecommunications Carriers, and Industry Group 5172, Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite), were restructured, resulting in a new industry group: 5173, Wired and Wireless Telecommunications Carriers.
- Sector 53, Real Estate and Rental and Leasing - Industries in Industry Group 5322, Consumer Goods Rental, were restructured, resulting in a new 5-digit industry: 53228, Other Consumer Goods Rental.
Sector 54, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services - A new 6-digit industry was created: 541713, Research and Development in Nanotechnology, resulting in two other new 6-digit industries: 541714, Research and Development in Biotechnology (except Nanobiotechnology); and 541715, Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology).
SBA Issues Technical Corrections to New MP Regulations
SBA issued technical corrections to the MP Regulations which became effective the day they were released, October 19, 2016. The changes include several technical corrections including correcting citations, eliminating a paragraph that conflicted with a new provision added in the final rule from July 25, 2016, and making conforming amendments. See link for a copy of the technical corrections: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-19/pdf/2016-25080.pdf
DOT DBE Updated Guidance on DBE Certification of ANCs
The US Department of Transportation, Departmental Office of Civil Rights, released new guidance in September 2016 for firms owned by ANCs as to DBE certification. USDOT found that self certification by ANC-owned firms that are reviewed and accepted by SBA meets the statutory requirements of its DBE program. See link for more information. https://www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise/official-questions-and-answers-qas-disadvantaged
A new website to streamline the application process for government contracting
- Use “Am I Eligible?” a tool that allows a small business to determine if the 8(a) Business Development Program, the HUBZone Program, and/or Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program are a good fit for their business
- New website will eventually serve additional SBA contracting programs, including 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Program, and others.
- New site will allow several forms to be filled out electronically, reducing the burden of printing, scanning, and uploading.
- As additional certifications like 8(a) Business Development Program are moved into the new system, documents uploaded for one program may be reused for another.
SBA Releases Amended Regulations in response to 2013 NDAA
Two sets of final rules were released recently by SBA to implement provisions of the 2013 NDAA. The first set of regulations covering the Limitations on Subcontracting was released May 31, 2016, with an effective date of June 30, 2016. The final rule for the new Mentor-Protégé / JV regulations was released July 25, 2016, with an effective date of August 24, 2016. Links to each of the final rules are below:
Limitations on Subcontracting: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-31/pdf/2016-12494.pdf
Mentor-Protégé / Joint Venture: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-25/pdf/2016-16399.pdf
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Requirement in SAM
Per a final rule published on November 18, 2016, in the Federal Register, effective December 2016, federal contractors are being required to publicly report if and where they publicly disclose their company’s greenhouse gas emission and reduction goals as part of the Representations & Certifications section of their SAM profile. It is optional for contractors that received less than $7.5 million in contract awards from the federal government during the last fiscal year. Federal prime contractors with more than $7.5 million in prime contract awards are required to answer the following question:
Did XXX either receive $7.5 million or more in Federal contracts during the previous Federal fiscal year requiring it to publicly disclose greenhouse gas emissions and reduction goals or receive less than $7.5 million in Federal contracts during the previous Federal fiscal year but still want to publicly disclose greenhouse gas emissions and reduction goals? (FAR 52.223-22)
Predecessor and Successor Details
A final rule was recently released on March 7, 2016, in regards to amending the FAR to implement a section of 2013 NDAA to include in FAPIIS information on the immediate owner or subsidiary and all predecessors of an offeror that held a federal contract or grant within the last 3 years. This facilitates the contracting officer in making a determination of responsibility by reviewing the performance and integrity information available in FAPIIS for a prospective offeror.
SAM.gov has recently been updated requiring federal contractors to answer questions in regards to their immediate entity owners, highest level owners, and now a new page titled “Predecessor Details” which requires federal contractors to answer whether their entity is a successor to a predecessor that held a federal contract or grant within the last 3 years.
Predecessor is defined as “an entity that is replaced by a successor and includes any predecessors of the predecessor.” Successor is defined as “an entity that has replaced a predecessor by acquiring the assets and carrying out the affairs of the predecessor under a new name (often through acquisition or merger). The term “successor” does not include new offices/divisions of the same company or a company that only changes its name.
BioPreferred Reporting on SAM.gov
The BioPreferred Program is intended to increase federal procurement of bio-based products to promote rural economic development, create new jobs, and provide new markets for farm commodities. For more information, please visit http://www.biopreferred.gov. Contractors must report on a contract if it meets all or the following criteria:
- Service or construction contract, as identified by the Product and Service Code (PSC)
- Awarded on or after May 18, 2012
- Contains a period of performance date during the current fiscal year, regardless of whether the contract was completed or not.
In accordance with FAR 52.2232, contractors are required to submit a BioPreferred report on the product types and dollar values of any USDA-designated products purchased (see http://biopreferred.gov for a list of products) during the Government fiscal year (Oct 1 – Sept 30). Contractors must submit any required reports no later than October 31, the last day for which the current year reports can be created or edited in SAM.
To check if your entity is required to submit BioPreferred reports, log into SAM.gov and click on “Register/Update Entity” and then “BioPreferred Reporting” to see any eligible entities and contracts. For more information on how to submit a BioPreferred report, see the Quick Guide: https://www.sam.gov/sam/transcript/Quick_Guide_for_BioPreferred_Reporting_v2.pdf
For more detailed information, visit SAM.gov and view the current full user guide.
Service Contract Reporting on SAM.gov
In accordance with Section 743(a) of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Acts 2010, all service contractors must prepare an annual inventory of their service contracts, known as SCRs. Service contract reporting is required for all service contracts that contain FAR clauses 52.204-14 and 52.204-15 and is required on:
- Cost-reimbursement, time-and-materials, labor-hour service contracts, and/or orders with “Base and All Options Value” at or above the simplified acquisition threshold of $150,000, and
- FY14 fixed price service contracts with a “Base and All Options Value” above $2.5 million.
To check if your entity is required to file SCR reports, log into SAM.gov and click on “Register/Update Entity” link. If SCR is a requirement for any of your entities, you will see a link underneath this section. If no link is visible, then no contracts are subject to the SCR reporting requirements. Click here for the Quick User Guide for SCR Reports: https://www.sam.gov/sam/transcript/SCR_QSG_v2.pdf
For more detailed information, visit SAM.gov and view the current full user guide.
SBA's Procurement Center Representatives
Are you familiar with SBA’s Procurement Center Representatives (PCRs)? PCRs work with government contracting offices and can recommend that requirements be set aside for small business categories. PCRs also assist small businesses in training, outreach, and market research. There are six area offices in the United States, and sba.gov has an interactive map to show where each office is located and which one to contact depending on your needs. This resource can be found here.
SBA 8(a) Applications
Applications for SBA 8(a) certification are based on SBA regions and the applicant's geographical location. Applicants located in Regions 1-4 apply in Philadelphia, Regions 5-10 apply in San Francisco and all ANC-owned applicants apply in San Francisco.