DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a proposed rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify that contracting officers should set aside research and development (R&D) contracts for small businesses when the market research indicates there are small businesses capable of providing the best scientific and technological approaches. Small Business Set Asides for Research and Development Contracts, 77 Fed. Reg. 47797 (Aug. 10, 2012) (to be codified at 48 C.F.R. pts. 19 and 35).