SBA Small Business Size Appeal & SBA Bid Protest Lawyers
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Frequently in a specific federal procurement, another small business can protest the size of your small business. The contracting offer may then send the bid protest to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make a small business size determination under the specific NAICS code.
After the company size determination is made, the contracting agency must accept the SBA size determination. As the SBA bid protest starts the adverse process, protecting your rights early is essential. After the SBA makes the size determination, small businesses can then file a size appeal to the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA OHA).
SBA Size Protest, SBA Size Appeal Lawyer Services
Watson’s SBA bid protest lawyers can provide legal representation with the following:
Our government contract lawyers have achieved successful results for our clients. We continue to monitor the various SBA OHA size appeal decisions to properly represent our clients. Our small business size protest appeal lawyers and size appeal attorneys will help you to:
Who Can File an SBA Small Business Size Protest?
The following parties can file a small business size protest under SBA bid protest regulations:
- Unsuccessful Offeror
- Contracting Officer
- SBA Government Contracting Area Office
- Other Interested Parties
- Other Government Officials
Filing or defending an SBA size appeal, or often referred to as an SBA size protest, is a daunting process because there are short deadlines and a myriad of complex SBA company size standard rules. Unless you are intimately familiar with the NAICS size standards regulations and proper applications, your company is at a disadvantage. See information about nonmanufacturer rule issues for small businesses.
Experienced OHA Size Appeal Attorneys & SBA Bid Protest Law Firm
With over three decades of federal government contracting, and small business program experience, the law firm of Watson & Associates, with skilled government contracts and small business standard bid protest lawyers, often help companies to file or defend against company size challenges or meeting the size definition in a NAICS size standards protest or when the SBA makes an adverse SBA size standards determination decision when applying for your 8a certification status.
With law offices in Washington, DC, and Colorado, we help clients in virtually all states. Our legal solutions start at the beginning by assisting small businesses with the initial 8a application and requests for reconsideration. If the SBA denies your application or adversely rules on your small business size determination, you have the right to file a size appeal to the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA OHA).
Small Business Standard NAICS Standards Bid Protest Time Limitations
As a general rule under the small business size protest timeline you have 5 business days to file a company size apeal / bid protest after bid opening. As a practical matter, you may not want to be in the habit of calling the agency. Instead, you should fax the protest to the contracting officer.
What Happens When the SBA Receives Your Small Business Standard and Company Size Protest?
After the size protest reaches the SBA, it typically makes a size determination decision within 10 working days. However, this is not set in stone. Just because the SBA does not follow the 10-day rule does not allow you to file late or miss a size definition deadline. Your case will get dismissed. This is but one reason why having an SBA attorney can be beneficial.
Evidence for a Bid Protest
When you file an SBA size protest, you must present evidence on the record to support your position. This can include information about the alleged violator.
- You cannot make bring allegations without support.
- The SBA will give more weight to factual allegations than mere unsupported allegations.
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Important Information Regarding Small Business Size Determination Appeals
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Call Our SBA Small Business Size Protest Lawyers & SBA Size Appeal Lawyers
Call Watson & Associates’ SBA OHA small business size appeal attorneys and small business size standards SBA bid protest lawyers for immediate help. We offer a free initial consultation. 1-866-601-5518.