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Size & Status Certifications & Appeals
The incredible value provided by certification as a small business with preferential status only benefits small business government contractor owners who organize and manage their companies in compliant ways.
Obtaining and retaining status as 8(a); WOSB/EDWOSB; VOSB/SDVOSB; HUBZone; Native-owned; Tribal; MBE; DBE/ACDBE) can mean Preferential Scoring, Set-Aside Contracts, and No-Bid, Sole Source Contract Awards. Those advantages can be lost if a competitor, contracting officer, or a certifying agency challenges or de-certifies a non-compliant small business. Large private sector companies now require certified status for small and diverse companies to join their supplier diversity programs. GCARL routinely helps small business government contractors with size and status certifications by:
Advising on Size & Status Protests
Assisting with SBA Appeals
Avoid “Negative Control” Structures & Practices including common management, similar economic interests (e.g. family members, longstanding business relationships)
Responses to Certification Challenges
GCARL helps its small business government contracting clients prepare winning responses to situations like these:
Contracting Officer inquiries
Office of Inspector General Investigations
Agency-level Certifcation Reviews
Status Reviews by State Departments of Transportation, Airport Authorities, Transit Authorities, Municipalities
Denials of Certification Appeals
Carl A. Gebo spent his entire professional career working with government contracts, government agencies, and government procurement practices and systems.
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