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SBA Proposal Lets Agencies Get Subcontracting Credits Faster

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The Small Business Administration is considering allowing agencies to get credit toward their annual small-business subcontracting goals for orders placed against multiple-agency contracts, the agency said last week.

In a Federal Register notice Oct. 5, the SBA said rule changes would include allowing an agency spending its money through a task or delivery order to credit awards towards its own subcontracting plans.

Under current policy, agencies that hold the contract on a interagency purchase get all of the credit, not the agency that places the order.

SBA said it is also considering allowing contracting officers at agencies discretion to establish subcontracting goals related to individual orders.

SBA said it will accept comment on the proposal through Dec. 5.

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