SBA Bid Protest Lawyer

Attorneys Specializing in Government Contracts

Small Business Protests and Appeals

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Get needed attorney help to ASSERT or DEFEND AGAINST against a small business size protest filed with the Contracting Officer – or by the Contracting Officer, another Offeror, or the Small Business Administration (SBA) –  in connection with a U.S. Government procurement under FAR 19.302 and 13 C.F.R. part 121. 

SBA Bid Protest Lawyer Attorney

Jeffrey Giancola, the Principal, is a cum laude graduate of Columbia University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the State of  Maryland Bar and has 30 years of experience in the Government procurement field. This Firm is Attorney-Managed and focuses exclusively on U.S. Federal Government contract matters.


1. SBA Small Business Size Protests (FAR 19.302 and 13 C.F.R. part 121):

Per FAR 19.302(a), at any time after offers are received by the Contracting Officer under a specific U.S. Federal Government contract solicitation, the Contracting Officer may question the small business SIZE representation of any offeror in that specific solicitation by filing a Contracting Officer’s size protest with the SBA.

See also:

SBA Form 355 Information for Small Business Size Determination

2. SBA Small Business Status Protests (FAR 19.302 and 13 C.F.R. part 121):

Small business bid protests may also be lodged against the STATUS of a small business, i.e., whether it qualifies as a small disadvantaged business (SDB) (FAR 19.304), a HUBZone small business (FAR 19.306), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business (SDVOSB) (FAR 19.307), or a Women-Owned small business (WOSB) (FAR 19.308).


Per FAR 19.302(c), any Contracting Officer who lodges such a protest – or who receives such a protest from another offeror or interested party – must forward the protest document file to the SBA Area Office encompassing the area in which the headquarters of the offeror being protested is located.

3. SBA Bid Protests – Timeliness

While the Contracting Officer can file a SBA small business size or status protest at any time after the offers are opened, another offeror or interested party filing such a protest must do so subject to VERY STRICT timeliness requirements: To be timely, a protest by any concern or other interested party must be received by the Contracting Officer by the close of business of the FIFTH BUSINESS DAY after bid opening (in sealed bid acquisitions) or receipt of the special notification from the contracting officer that identifies the apparently successful offeror (in negotiated acquisitions).

It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you retain the services of a qualified and experienced Government Contracts lawyer to represent you in any of the above types of small business bid protest actions. These cases move VERY QUICKLY through the SBA Area Office deliberation process, and failure to submit documents or respond to SBA inquiries in a timely or compliant manner is treated harshly by the SBA.

4. Small Business Appeals:

An APPEAL from an SBA small business size or status protest that has been denied by the SBA Area Office may be filed with the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeal (OHA) within the time limits and in strict accordance with the procedures contained in Subpart C of 13 C.F.R. part 134. Again here, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you retain the services of a qualified government contracts lawyer to pursue – or defend against – such an appeal. 

NOTE:  SERIOUS legal issues can arise concerning a firm’s REPRESENTATION that it qualifies as a small business for a specific Federal procurement (including its status as a small disadvantage business (SDB), an 8a firm, a HUBZone small business, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business (SDVOSB), or a Women-Owned small business (WOSB)). It is highly recommended that you contact us at the link below if you have concerns in this area.

One Thing NOT to do: Don’t go it Alone!

CONTACT us here now to consult with Mr. Giancola about your potential case: SBA BID PROTEST LAW FIRM.


NOTE: the GAO will NOT take jurisdiction over the above types of small business protests, and it is a waste of time and money to file such a protest in this forum as it will be promptly dismissed. Please click on the following link if you think that you may have the basis for a GAO protest: CONTACT GAO BID PROTEST LAWYER.


Small Business SBA Bid Protest Lawyer Government Contracting Resources:

* Find Out if You Qualify as a “Small Business” for Federal Procurement Purposes


* Find the SBA Small Business Size Standards Regulations


* Explore the Five Different Types of SBA Small Business Federal Contracting Programs (WOSB, SDVOSB, 8a, HUBZone, and All Small Business Mentor-Protege)


* Have You Received a FAR Cure Notice or a Show Cause Letter from the Government?

Cure Notice – Show Cause Notice – Letter of Concern

* Have You Been Accused of Government Procurement Fraud?

Contact a Procurement Fraud Lawyer Here Immediately

* Do You Need an Overseas Government Contractor Lawyer?

Overseas Government Contractor Lawyer

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