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    Coronavirus Impact

    I work at NASA, so I am on a mandatory work from home(WFH), right now. My WFH may go longer because of my cancer treatment program which puts me into a different category.
  2. In my experience your agency is the outlier; none of the agencies I have worked at (8 places, CA, DC, GA, TX, FL, AL), required overtime for half the year. Only 1 (a base support contracting office), required overtime in September, with optional overtime beginning in August. Most of the offices I worked in did not have any mandatory overtime, even those with predominantly one year funding. The offices working with more multiple year funding like the one I am in now are like "October is coming soon? How cute!"
  3. If you are the KO then you can submit the Size Protest as soon as the contractor is designated as the apparent awardee. Just let the size specialist know that the protest is from the KO and not from another competitor so they know not to impose that rule. The rule that states the award has to be announced prior to the protest being submitted is for when other competitors protest to the KO prior to award. I used to work as a size specialist for the SBA before they removed that program from the PCR duties.
  4. One factor in your corner is the SBA Procurement Center Representative (PCR) for your agency. The PCR has some authority that you as the Small Business Specialist do not have, primarily the ability to negotiate from an outside position which eliminates the "disagree with me and it will be reflected in your evaluation this year" problem and ultimately, the SBA Form 70 which is the equivalent of a tactical nuclear weapon in the Contracting process. A SBA Form 70 will stop the process in its tracks and if the dispute is not resolved at the HCA level, elevates it to the Agency HCA and the Secretary for the SBA's office, usually the SES over the SBA Office of Government Contracting. If you don't know who your PCR is, check out the SBA website under "Federal Contracting/Procurement Center Representative directory" Once there you can drill down and find the PCR for your organization if it is listed. If not, just send a message to the Area Director over the location where your organization is and they will reply with the appropriate PCR contact information.
  5. My case is unique in that I work remotely 100% of the time; my boss is in different state than the one where my office is located, about 200 miles away. Everyday is a kind of telework as the clients that I service all send their documents to me via email and other document handling systems save one, my office is located in that one client who brings me their documents by hand. I have seen my supervisor face to face about 2-3 time per year since I took this job, one year it was zero times when she was going through a health issue. I see my clients face to face (other than the client that is hosting my office), about 5-10 times per year when I visit their offices for meetings, small business conferences and other seminars. A few clients that are remote from my office (travel required), I see maybe once per year depending on when and where the DoD Small Business Conference is held. That said, I can pretty much work from my office or at home with no change of productivity or work tempo. My host client just upgraded my computer to a laptop from a desktop so that I can work from home using their IT system as well as my employer's system since my cancer is forcing me to work from home a bit more often, primarily because of broken bones which is an effect of Multiple Myeloma. Probably the worst telework problem is how the IT people handle connecting my employers laptop to my home internet provider. My house has all the required protection, firewall, virus protection, spam protection, etc., but the IT system in my organization will set up an update and then when the laptop reboots, my employer's IT system will kick the laptop out of the system forcing me to travel 115 miles to the nearest local network for my employer to re-sync the PIV card to the computer. I have refused to do that lately, so they have figured a way to sync the laptop from my home office, but not my home. My home office is 6 miles from my house, which is better than 115 miles.
  6. In that case the contractor may have exceeded its small business size standard due to its affiliation with the company that bought the company stocks. You should contact the Procurement Center Representative for your organization and let them know as the original contractor is no longer eligible for small business set asides if they, via their affiliation with the buying company, is no longer a small business.
  7. Is the original contractor a small business? If so, there are additional factors to consider.
  8. The $4M restriction applies to the contract award, but it does not restrict the KO from exceeding that cap after award unless it is an obvious attempt to game that restriction. The regulations themselves only speak to the contract award amount. If the contractor is not an ANC or other tribal entity, then two years after award the KO can modify the contract as high as needed so long at the SBA is notified of the modification no later than the contractor is notified of the modification along with a statement that the modification was not contemplated prior the award of the contract. If the contractor is an ANC, then the cap is not $4M, it is $22M per FAR 19.808-1, so there should be no angst about modifying the contract up to that level.
  9. awhinton, I believe the reason is that GSA is awarding another option for the contract due to either an extension or a protest ruling. I don't have the slides from the training event yet, (should get them sometime this week), so I can't be more specific.
  10. I just went to a GSA training event yesterday and heard that the 8(a) STARS II contract is just entering its Option Period this year so all contractors will need to recertify their small business status in October per the GSA rep. That recertification is required per 13 CFR § 121.404(g)(3) for long term contracts at the 5th year of the contract and at the start of subsequent option periods.
  11. Freyr, Thanks, I am not sure why the link did not work but that is the correct case. The case itself only dealt with a limited scope but the entire amount of malfeasance that I found went back much farther.
  12. https://www.justice.gov/archive/usao/ma/news/2010/July/THROWERverdictPR/html
  13. Yes, click on the SBIR website on page 2, and then the PPT link and the phone numbers and email addresses are within that PPT presentation.
  14. This is a 2013 presentation of the SBA's Guide to SBIR/STTR Program Eligibility but most of the information is still correct. There have been some changes since then but they relaxed the requirements in those changes so if you meet the standards in this guide, you SHOULD be okay. The only CORRECT answer has to come from a direct inquiry to the current SBA SBIR website on page 2 of the document. SBIR-STTR elig_size_compliance_guide.pdf
  15. The answer is not a set date, it would come down to when the Buying firm's interest became control of the company being purchased. In a size determination the reviewer would look at that information and make a determination. Usually there is a point in the negotiation between the Buyer-Seller where intent is clear, and that date would be the point that affiliation is assumed. At that point the revenues of both firms would be combined to determine the size of the combined firms.
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