• The Small Business Administration Flexes its Muscle: Contractors Should Ensure Accurate and Appropriate Representations and Teaming Arrangements
  • October 27, 2010 | Authors: Lars E. Anderson; Terry L. Elling; Dismas Locaria; Michael W. Robinson
  • Law Firms: Venable LLP - Vienna Office ; Venable LLP - Washington Office ; Venable LLP - Vienna Office
  • On October 1, 2010, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) suspended GTSI Corp. (“GTSI”) for one year based upon adequate evidence demonstrating that it violated small business set-aside regulations to win and perform federal contracts. While the SBA has always had the authority to suspend and debar contractors for violating such rules, such action has occurred infrequently and typically has not been imposed against a contractor of GTSI’s size. This action by the SBA may signal a new focus and desire to increase compliance with and enforcement of its rules and regulations. The SBA’s action is also consistent with heightened public and congressional scrutiny of large business participation in small business contracting, particularly where large businesses are “teamed” with Alaska Native Corporations (“ANCs”).