The Small Entity Compliance Guide; A Sheep in Sheep’s Clothing

September 13, 2015

So I’m rummaging through emails and come across a notice of a FAR update and see something called a “Small Entity Compliance Guide.”  “Great,” I thought, “finally someone is trying to get information to small businesses about what they need to do to comply with the various government contracting regulations that get dumped on them from time to time.”  Then I kept looking and, much to my dismay, what should appear but the Federal Acquisition Circular that has been published yea these many years with a new title.  What a disappointment.  Of course, it is entirely understandable. Congress comes along with the ‘‘Small Business and Work Opportunity Act of 2007’’ (buried in the ‘‘U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007’’), without of course increasing any manpower or funding to do any of this.  So what can one expect of an already overstretched agency but to morph something already being done into something that meets the letter of the congressional mandate without actually doing any additional work (other than pasting a new title on the Federal Register notice).  Still, I was disappointed.  A Small Entity Compliance Guide is a great idea.  I hope one day soon we will see one that actually helps a small business.  Until then we’ll just keep searching the internet.

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