Where does it say what can be done? FAR, DFARS, CFR, PGI, or other? In other words, when is the certification considered valid - at time of proposal or award? Can a contract be awarded to a company that was small at time of proposal and then outgrows the small business standard for a particular NAICS code byy time fo award?
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13 CFR § 121.404: "When does SBA determine the size status of a business concern? (a) SBA determines the size status of a concern, including its affiliates, as of the date the concern submits a written self-certification that it is small to the procuring activity as part of its initial offer (or other formal response to a solicitation) which includes price. Where an agency modifies a solicitation so that initial offers are no longer responsive to the solicitation, a concern must recertify that it is a small business at the time it submits a responsive offer, which includes price, to the modified solicitation."
FAR 19.301-1(a): "To be eligible for award as a small business, an offeror must represent in good faith that it is a small business at the time of it written representation."
SBA's "Guide to SBA's Definitions of Small Business" located at http://www.sba.gov/contractingopportunities/officials/size/index.html:
"To bid on Federal contracts, the concern must self-certify in ORCA (and above) that it is a small business under the appropriate size standard set forth in the solicitation. The size of the concern at the time of self-certification prevails for that contract. A concern may grow above the size standard before or after award without loss of eligibility to perform on that contract."
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