SBA Increases Size Standards for Information and Admin Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Industries
SBA also Proposes Revisions to Size Standards for Support Activities for Mining
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has published in the Federal Register two final rules revising size definitions for small businesses in two broad industry categories, and proposed for comment another rule affecting businesses in a third category.
The industry sectors affected by the two final rules are Information and Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services. The industries covered by the proposed rule are Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction. The revisions reflect changes in marketplace conditions.
SBA increased the revenue-based size standards for 15 industries and retained the current revenue-based size standards for five industries in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 51: Information. SBA will review the employee-based size standards within this sector at a later date. Up to 500 additional firms will become eligible for SBA’s loan and federal procurement programs as a result of these revisions. This final rule can be accessed at: www.regulations.gov. Read more... (612 words, estimated 2:27 mins reading time)
SBA Increases Size Standards in Transportation and Warehousing Sector, Proposes Increases for Health Care and Social Assistance Sector
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today published a final rule in The Federal Register raising the size definitions of small businesses in the Transportation and Warehousing sector, and a proposed rule increasing the size standards for the Health Care and Social Assistance sector. The increases reflect changes in marketplace conditions.
The SBA initially proposed revisions to small business size definitions for the Transportation and Warehousing sector in a proposed rule published in The Federal Register on May 13, 2011, and made it available for public comment.
The final rule will increase the revenue-based size standards in 22 industries and retain the current size standards for the remaining 37 industries in the Transportation and Warehousing sector. The SBA estimates as many as 1,200 additional firms in this sector will become eligible for SBA programs as a result of these revisions. Read more... (434 words, estimated 1:44 mins reading time)
Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
Interim final rule; request for comments.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is requesting comments on an interim final rule amending its Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program. The SBA proposes to change its regulations to make them consistent with the inflationary adjustments that are already codified in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) as they relate to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program and the Simplified Acquisition Threshold. In addition, the SBA is amending its regulations pertaining to the WOSB Program protest procedures so that they are consistent with the protest procedures for SBA’s other government contracting programs. This rule is effective on January 12, 2012; comments must be received on or before February 13, 2012.
Interim Rule from the Federal Register – http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-12/html/2012-467.htm
Submit comments electronically – http://www.regulations.gov/#!home
Regulations.gov, the Federal government’s one stop site to comment on Federal regulations
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