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Although it is the goal of our attorneys to assist you in avoiding disputes, there are times when it is necessary to file a protest to protect your opportunity to receive a contract award.


The SBA has a program designed to increase contracting opportunities to small businesses in urban and rural communities. The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program.


The SBA’s Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program allows contracting officers to restrict competition in a procurement to eligible SDVOSB firms.


The Veteran’s First Contracting Program is run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is specific to procurements conducted by the VA.

Women-Owned Small Business

The Small Business Administration (SBA) began offering a program aimed at expanding the federal contracting opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs).

Recent Government Contract Law Articles

  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business

    The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) designation offers companies improved prime and subcontracting opportunities. Certain contracts are set aside for SDVOSB’s. The Small Business Association (SBA) initially determines the eligibility of any business applying for SDVOSB status. A Service-Disabled Veteran is a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, wh...

  • SBA Has Reopened for New 8(a) Applications

    As of September 29, 2023, the SBA has reopened 8(a) applications. New applicants may still prepare and upload a social disadvantage narrative to the Certify.sba.gov system. The SBA is now requiring all 8(a) participants who originally relied upon the presumption of social disadvantage in their application to re-establish their 8(a) Program eligibility by completing a social...

  • SBA Temporarily Suspends New 8(a) Business Development Program Applications

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) “temporarily suspended” new 8(a) application submissions after a July ruling from the Eastern District of Tennessee. The SBA’s website alerts the public that new 8(a) application submissions under the Business Development Program are currently suspended while it revises the application questionnaire to comply with the court’s decision. The SBA’s 8(a)...

  • Key Takeaways from the 2022 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report

    Each year, the General Accountability Office (“GAO”) releases an annual report, which compiles information about cases it saw in the previous year. GAO recently released the report for fiscal year 2022 with information about protests filed with GAO for the 2022 fiscal year. During the 2022 fiscal year, GAO received a total of 1,658 cases,...

  • A Special Message of Gratitude on Veterans Day

    A Message from Craig Lawless, Chair of General Counsel, P.C’s Government Contracts Practice Group, Editor of the Bid Protest Weekly, and Captain, United States Navy On behalf of General Counsel, P.C. and its affiliate, VetWorking, we are proud, appreciative, and so very grateful to our Veterans and their families for the service they have given to the United State...

  • Ask General Counsel: How to Protect Your Business in a Divorce

    Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 4/13/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, we discuss how business owners can (and should) protect their business before (and during) a divorce. If you don’t want to read this article, you don’t have to. . . . instead, you can watch a webinar...