Prime contractors must notify agencies of sub switches under new SBA rule

The government doesn’t like bait-and-switch.

Many contracting officers expect the subcontractors included on a prime contractor’s bid to be the ones who do the work after a contract is awarded. But that’s not always how it works in practice.

A new rule from the Small Business Administration could change all that. It would require primes to notify agency contracting officers when there’s a change in subs.

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Kenneth Dodds, an SBA attorney, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss how the new rules would change how contractors and agencies do business.