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IF YOUR SMALL BUSINESS is like many government contractors, you may find it difficult to perform government contracts without subcontractors. After reading Chapter 3, you know about ostensible subcontractor affiliation and how to avoid it. But when it comes to subcontracting a portion of a government contract, avoiding affiliation is just one of many compliance challenges.
Uncle Sam restricts to whom you may subcontract and how much of the work you may subcontract. The government also demands that you insert certain required provisions in each of your subcontracts. To top it off, the government requires you to disclose your small business’s subcontracting relationships and certain data about your subcontractors—some of which will be published publicly in an online database. This chapter discusses these requirements.
Here’s the good news: As a general matter, your small business may pick its own subcontractors with minimal government interference.