By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
The Small Business Administration has issued a final rule revising regulations regarding rules of procedure governing cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals to remove an unnecessary regulatory provision and to clarify an existing rule of procedure. The rule removes SBA 134.317, which stated that upon issuance of a decision, OHA will return the case file to the transmitting Area Office. Case files are now transmitted electronically to the OHA from SBA’s area offices, which eliminates the need to return paper records by mail. The rule also revises SBA 134.714 to clarify that a judge’s decision regarding a status protest appeal from a Women-Owned Small Business or Economically Disadvantaged WOSB is SBA’s final agency decision and becomes effective upon issuance. See ¶70,425.649 for the proposed rule. For the text of the final rule, which goes into effect on November 6, 2020, see ¶70,425.683.
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