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SBA RIN: 3245-AH93 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Small Business Size Standards: Adjustment of Monetary Based Size Standards, Disadvantage Thresholds, and 8(a) Eligibility Thresholds for Inflation 

SBA intends to issue this rulemaking to adjust its monetary small business size standards (i.e., receipts, net income, net worth, and financial assets) for the effects of inflation that have occurred since the last inflation adjustment, which was effective on August 19, 2019.  SBA is required by its regulations in 13 CFR 121.102(c) to review the effects of inflation on its monetary standards at least once every five years.  As in previous adjustments, SBA will apply the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) price index as a measure of inflation. This action will restore small business eligibility to businesses that have lost that status due to inflation.

In addition, SBA intends to adjust other monetary thresholds in its regulations that are otherwise not adjusted for inflation under FAR 1.109. These thresholds primarily are those used in the 8(a) Business Development and the Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) programs to determine economic disadvantage. Others are used to maintain eligibility for the 8(a) program. In some cases, these thresholds have not been adjusted for 25 years. This action will permit small businesses to retain eligibility as economically disadvantaged and eligible for the 8(a) program, despite an increase in inflation.

SBA will publicize the rule via the Small Business Procurement Advisory Council, the Integrated Acquisition Environment,, press releases, publication of this rule in the Federal Register, emails to interested parties, and the size standards website at

Agency: Small Business Administration(SBA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 13 CFR 121    13 CFR 124    13 CFR 127   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)    15 U.S.C. 637(a)(6)(A)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  11/17/2022  87 FR 69118   
Interim Final Rule Effective  12/19/2022 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  01/17/2023 
Final Rule  03/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Related RINs: Related to 3245-AH17 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Khem Raj Sharma
Chief, Office of Size Standards
Small Business Administration
409 Third Street SW,
Washington, DC 20416
Phone:202 205-7189
Fax:202 205-6390