The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), signed by President Obama on January 2, 2013, includes many important provisions. Notably, the FY13 NDAA includes significant changes to the federal government’s small business contracting program. We outlined these important changes in a client advisory published yesterday. Our advisory highlighted how the NDAA authorizes the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) to establish a mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns, which effectively alters the SBA’s affiliation rules, at least for SBA-approved mentors. Other pertinent changes include: revisions to the rules for limits on subcontracting for small business set-asides; the elimination of dollar limitations for set-aside contracts for women-owned small businesses; and the creation of a small business Ombudsman to serve at DCAA. For those involved in small business contracting, we urge you to review this client advisory, and contact us to understand the implications of these changes.