“Affiliation” is a dangerous word in federal small business contracting. A finding of affiliation can destroy a business’ small business size status, and render it ineligible for future set-aside contracts. The good news is, in most cases, “affiliation” is entirely avoidable.
In this webinar, experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli explained what affiliation is, why it matters, and how to avoid it. She also discussed specific types of affiliation recognized by the SBA such as identity of interest affiliation, affiliation based on common ownership or management, and ostensible subcontractor affiliation. Maria also explained general affiliation and walk you through the tests used by the SBA when analyzing it. Finally, she highlighted the most common affiliation mistakes that companies make and provide strategies for avoiding them.