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SBA Summary of Federal Laws and Regulations for Aerospace & Defense Industries

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Use this guide for help complying with laws and regulations that apply to the aerospace and defense industries.


[edit] Anti-Terrorism

Explains Department of Defense policy that requires that all defense contractors to receive an Anti-terrorism/Force Protection briefing before travel to any destination outside the United States.
Offers incentives to sellers of qualified anti-terrorism technologies to the U.S. government.

[edit] Defense Base Act: Workers' Compensation

Outlines requirements for overseas assignments. Reconstruction contracts in Iraq are potentially attractive for U.S. firms but they also contain a certain element of risk, which makes it critical that contractors clearly understand DBA requirements before agreeing to an overseas assignment.
Provides information on workers' compensation protection to civilian employees working outside the United States under a contract with the U.S. government.

[edit] Defense Contracting

Supplies information on Department of Defense (DoD) purchases from non-U.S. sources. Includes FAQs and training opportunities.
Explains registration rules to become federal contractors. Businesses must have a DUNS number and enter their information in the Central Contractor Registry.
Lists educational opportunities for defense contractors to learn about DoD acquisitions and procurement regulations.
Offers an introduction to the basics of defense contracting for small businesses.

[edit] Environmental Compliance

Provides a starting point for finding environmental compliance information.
Information related to Subpart GG - National Emission Standards for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities.

[edit] International Trade

Covers the export of defense articles and services. Regulations include Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
Overviews certification requirements for selling to the North American Treaty Organization (NATO). U.S. companies interested in selling to NATO must receive U.S. government certification in order to qualify to bid on NATO Security Investment Program funded procurement opportunities here or abroad. The associated forms, procedures, related NATO documents and contact information are provided on this site.

[edit] Security Clearances

Office of Personnel Management fact sheet describing the security clearance process.
Prescribes the requirements, restrictions and other safeguards to protect classified information released or disclosed to Federal contractors.
Notices and documents covering security clearances for DoD contracting personnel.

[edit] Author

The author of this article is the US Small Business Administration.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam. The SBA provides assistances primarily through four programs:

  • Business financing programs including debt, equity and micro lending
  • Entrepreneurial development through education, information, technical assistance & training
  • Promotes small business Federal Government contracting with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training to help meet the 23% goal for small business contracting
  • Advocacy and research on behalf of small businesses

Detailed information is available at the SBA website and a detailed Resource Guide is available in English and Spanish on the website.

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