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SBA issues proposed rules for small-biz participation in multiple-award contracts (MAC)

Posted by Abraham Xiong on May 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Article by Jack Moore

The Small Business Administration has published proposed regulations in the Federal Register, clarifying how agencies should include small-business contractors in multiple-award contracts.

MACs have proliferated across government in recent years, but small contractors contend they are frequently left out of the process. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 sought to rectify that by allowing agency contracting officers to set aside parts of a multiple-award schedule for small-business contractors.


The 2010 law tasked the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the head of the SBA with developing regulations for awarding small-business contracts in connection with MACs.


The new rules spell out three areas where small business can be included in MACs:


  • Partial set-asides — Setting aside parts of a multiple-award schedule for small-business contractors
  • Contract reserves — Reserving awards for small businesses under MACs
  • Order set-asides — Setting aside certain orders for small businesses

The rules state that agencies must "give meaningful consideration" to the above options, and contracting officers must provide an explanation if they decide not to use any of them when awarding multiple-award contracts.

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Categories: Legislation, Recent News, Small Business

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