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Is The Compliance Risk Worth The Reward? A Closer Look Into the Compliance Risks Encountered in SBA Set Aside Programs


The benefits to participating in a Small Business Administration (SBA) set aside program can be extensive. With a federal contracting goal of almost $100 billion of the fiscal year 2017 budget designated for SBA set aside programs, contracting officers and large prime contractors are actively looking for ways to meet this contracting goal. SBA established multiple set aside programs to help small businesses participate in the procurement process.

These programs include socio-economic disadvantage programs such as 8(a) Business Development, HUB Zone, Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO), or Women Owned Small Business (WOSB). In addition, SBA has its general small business designation. Having one of these designations enables a business to win procurements without the need to compete in full and open competition with large prime contractors. These set aside program designations are very valuable to a small business.

However, these set aside programs have compliance requirements that must be met. Being aware of the risks is the first step to compliance! Each program brings with it a variety of compliance requirements, which, if violated, can cause the business to lose their valuable SBA designation.

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Rob Oden, Partner | Assurance
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Josh Brinkman, Senior Associate | Assurance
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