As part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is required to conduct a detailed review of all size standards. As a result of its preliminary research, the SBA stated that it “recognizes that changes in industry structure and the Federal marketplace over time have rendered existing size standards for some industries no longer supportable by current data”. As a result, the SBA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register on March 16, 2011 to significantly increase the size standards for the majority of NAICS codes under Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (NAICS Sector 54). This would be the first such increase since July, 2008. If this change is approved, many GSA Schedule Contract holders (especially those under MOBIS, AIMS, PES, HREEO, EAS, LOGWORLD, 03FAC, or FABS) are likely to be reclassified as a small business under the new standards.
A table of the proposed changes is as follows: