SBA Delays Impacting Air Force Efforts To Award NETCENTSII NETOPS Small Business
Conversations with Air Force personnel over the last two days reveal frustration with the extended time being taken by the Small Business Administration to complete their Size Standard Determination following a protest in November 2013.
Federal Acquisition Regulations seem pretty clear in specifying the time SBA is to respond within – (§ 121.1009) “After receipt of a protest or a request for a formal size determination, the SBA Area Office will issue a formal size determination within 15 business days, if possible.”
The Size Protest was sent to the SBA on December 17th, reportedly.
Once the SBA determination is received, there is a month or more expected for review and reporting to external parties, such as Congress, that must precede public announcement of awards.