Proposed changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) for 2014 include a rule that would encourage agencies to set aside contracts for small businesses.
The interim rule would codify part of the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act that addressed set-asides of task- and delivery-orders as well as partial set-asides under multiple-award contracts, the 2014 FAR regulatory agenda says.
The interim rule would only strengthen what’s already happening in the government, said federal procurement expert Larry Allen. Agencies already regularly set aside contracts for small businesses, he added.
“It’s a further step to enshrine a practice that already happens,” Allen said.
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