Subcontractor Teaming Agreement CTA

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Knowing whether or not your team agreement template or other generic subcontractor agreement can withstand allegations of SBA affiliation in a bid protest should always be a major concern for small businesses and large contractors.

Although SBA affiliation rules have significantly changed,  teaming contracts and other types of contract agreements and independent contractor forms are still being challenged as violation SBA regulations.

  • Using a generic subcontractor agreement template causes substantial grief when the competition launches a small business size protest.
  • Templates that do consider the new SBA rules may lead to affiliation.

Companies can avoid this headache early in the bidding phase or simply get professional help from government contract attorneys that understand the problems associated with simply copying and pasting generic teaming agreements.

Government Contractor Teaming Agreement Attorney Services

When it comes to business partnership agreements and helping with government subcontractor teaming agreements, our government small business attorneys provide a wide array of services including:

  • Draft subcontract agreement documents and review of federal independent contractor forms
  • Federal government subcontractor contract law under FAR f9.601 
  • Avoiding limitation on subcontracting violations and penalties
  • Legal advice on new SBA affiliation rules 13 CFR 121.103 and execution of legal partnership agreements
  • Assessment of similarly situated businesses in each subcontractor agreement
  • Application of joint venture agreements and SBA affiliation rules to independent contractor forms.
  • Meeting government contracts small business requirements
  • Understanding the difference between and teaming agreement vs joint venture
  • Some prime and subcontractor teaming arrangement and joint venture agreement disputes
  • Help with legally binding contract agreement terms
  • Small Business Size protest litigation and appeals to SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA OHA)

At Watson & Associates, LLC our federal contract teaming attorneys and FAR 9.601 subcontractor contract law consultants provide our clients with detailed guidance and aggressive legal representation that can reduce corporate liabilities while safeguarding company revenues.

We provide over 30 years of combined experience to companies that focus on proactive legal solutions and thinking out of the box. 


FAR 9.601 SBA rules have not eliminated affiliation with contractor business partnership arrangements:  Although the SBA has since initiated new rules that relax the old affiliation rules by introducing the theory of similarly situated small businesses in contractor agreements, business partnership agreements, and teaming arrangements can still be a dangerous undertaking. At Watson & Associates, our contractor government contract lawyers can help to avoid some of the costly legal pitfalls. See more information about joint venture affiliation under new rules.

Federal Contracts Partnership Agreement – Team Definition

Under FAR 9.6, there is no actual team definition or description of contractor agreements. Instead, companies entering into small business subcontractors should apply the definition of teaming with the relevant rules to also apply to teaming partnership agreements. This includes 13 CFR 121.103 and federal contracts FAR limitations on subcontracting rules.

Are Your Teaming Agreements Enforceable?

During which stage in team formation does agreement compliance matter? From the initial stage of bid planning, you should be aware of the statutory requirements under FAR 9.601  andn whether or not team arrangements are, by themselves, enforceable contracts in court. When a bidder represents to the agency that it has entered into a subcontracting agreement, the executed independent contractor form serves to let the agency know that a specific offeror has a valid commitment to perform the project.

  • Courts have ruled that a subcontractor teaming contract does not have the substantive terms of an enforceable contract. Instead, it is only an agreement to enter into a contract upon the award by the government.
  • Bidders on federal contracts should seriously consider drafting an independent subcontract.
  • This would meet the legal requirements of a contract and the parties’ rights would be enforceable under the subcontract in court.
  • Although FAR 9.601 allows  for general contractor and subcontractor agreements, there are crucial limitations
  • A prime contractor can face harsh affiliation penalties from a bid protest.

Initial bidding stage through contract closeout: We also provide legal advice and consulting from the initial bidding stage through the performance stage of the contract regarding team agreements and joint venture agreements. Our government small business attorneys also provide litigation assistance when a small business size standard protest is filed.

Subcontractor Teaming Arrangements and SBA Affiliation – Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

When companies fall astray from the definition of ostensibly under FAR 9.601 or 13 CFR 124.103, there are harsh consequences for drafting an exclusive teaming agreement for unidentified bids. Our Federal contractor agreements lawyers help federal government contractors to avoid costly legal mistakes under the Ostensible Subcontractor Rule.

  • We also review each contractor teaming arrangement for compliance with the Limitation on Subcontracting Rule under FAR Part 52.219.9.
  • Learn more about similarly situated small businesses and new rule.
  • Be mindful of executing and exclusive teaming agreement

Watson’s government subcontractor teaming agreements lawyers represent federal contractors in all states regarding SBA affiliation and subcontractor agreement compliance matters. We help federal small businesses and large DoD contractors in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Additional CTA Enforceability Information

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Call Our Federal Teaming Agreement (CTA) Lawyers

For help with your contractor teaming arrangements (CTA), joint venture agreements, or compliance with federal subcontractor teaming agreements regulations, or to make sure that you meet the statutory team definition and new SBA teaming agreement rules, call Watson’s government contract attorneys or call 1-866-601-5518 for a FREE Initial Consultation.