The Small Business Administration has extended the deadline for public input on a proposed rule to merge its mentor-protege program and update regulations for the 8(a) business development program.
SBA said Friday the proposed rule seeks to remove duplicative functions and no longer require small businesses applying for 8(a) contracts as joint ventures to undergo a review prior to the award.
The agency intends to require small businesses to undergo socioeconomic status recertification for unrestricted multiple-award contracts, with the exception of General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule awards and blanket purchase agreements.
The rule also requires recertification for firms with different socioeconomic status for orders and underlying MAC contracts and allows protests for such contract actions.
Interested parties may submit feedback through Feb. 7.