Prime contractors must provide written notice to a federal contracting officer if they don't follow through on submitted plans to employ a small-business contractor, according to a rule that becomes effective Aug. 15. The government also will need to be informed when a prime contractor cuts payments to a small-business contractor or is at least 90 days overdue in making such a payment. The rule also calls for contracting officers to oversee and assess the performance of small-business subcontracting plans.

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