By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
A direct final rule implements a conforming amendment from section 1701 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (PL 115-91) authorizing the inclusion of “Governor-designated covered areas” under the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program. The rule amends SBA 126.103 to add a new definition for the term “Governor-designated covered area” and revise the definition of the term “HUBZone” to include Governor-designated covered areas. The rule also adds new SBA 126.104, which implements the statutory process by which a governor can petition and the SBA Administrator may designate a specific covered area to be a qualified HUBZone area. The statute provides the guidelines under which a petition will be considered. This rule goes into effect January 1, 2020, unless significant SBA receives adverse comment by December 16, 2019. For the text of the direct final rule, see ¶70,425.637.
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