SBA: Small PC makers exist

The Small Business Administration has determined that there are indeed small businesses manufacturing personal computers.

The SBA made the announcement today in a ruling denying a request for a waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Personal Computers. The SBA said its ruling was 'based on our discovery of small business manufacturers for the class of product.'

The Small Business Act requires that agency contracts be directed solely to small business manufacturers under set-aside provisions, commonly referred to as the Nonmanufacturer Rule.

The act also contains provisions that allow the SBA to waive this requirement when there are no small business manufacturers or processors available to supply the product to the federal government.

The SBA said it received a request for a waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for personal computers in September and the agency published its notice of intent to waive the rule in the Federal Register.

SBA said, 'In response to that October 12, 2006, notice, SBA received comments from small business manufacturers indicating that they have furnished this product to the Federal government.'

SBA said therefore it is denying the class waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Personal Computers.'

The notice of denial takes effect Nov. 28, the agency added.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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