Small Business Size Protests & Appeals: Trends & Analysis

U.S. Small Business Administration regulations provide guidance on how a firm’s size is determined and on how to challenge a firm’s small business status through a size protest and subsequent size appeal. Commentators have synthesized these rules in past Briefing Papers and in other sources. This Paper builds on those efforts in two primary ways. First, it aggregates data from several hundred size protests and appeals in recent years to provide previously unavailable information on the likely chances of success and length of time for a decision in these proceedings. Second, it distills the key points of law for which the most cited of several thousand size appeal decisions are relied on by the SBA, helping federal contractors to make more informed choices in filing or defending a size protest or appeal.

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