Federal Court Prohibits SBA’s Use of Rebuttable Presumption for 8(a) Program

On July 19, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee issued an important decision where it declared that the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) rebuttable presumption of social disadvantage, which is used in admitting many small-disadvantaged businesses to the SBA’s 8(a) program, violated the equal protection rights of a government contractor and enjoined the use of the rebuttable presumption in administering the 8(a) program. Ultima Servs. Corp. v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., No. 2:20-CV-0041-DCLC-CRW (E.D. Tenn. July 19, 2023). The decision will likely have an immediate impact on businesses that have pending applications or are intending to apply for admission into the 8(a) program, and may have further impacts upon the 8(a) program down the road.  More


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