Limitations on Teaming Arrangements in Small Business Set-Asides

Spring 2010Articles The Procurement Lawyer

The United States government sets aside approximately 23 percent of all procurement dollars spent annually, that is, some $100 billion last year alone, for the procurement of goods and services from small businesses. About 15 percent of that amount is designated for federal construction contracts set aside for small business prime contractors. Such money comes with a number of strings attached. Any contractor seeking to compete for small business setasides must understand the Small Business Administration (SBA) rules and regulations, which are contained in Title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The SBA regulations and rules are complicated and can be confusing, especially when applied to teaming arrangements between two or more contractors competing for small business set-asides.

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