On August 4, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a direct final rule amending SBA regulations relating to its Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program to implement §866 of the FY 2016 NDAA. This section authorizes Native Hawaiian Organizations to own HUBZone small business concerns, expands the definition of “base closure area,” and authorizes the inclusion of “qualified disaster areas.” The purpose of the rule is to mirror the changes the FY 2016 NDAA made to the Small Business Act, and to avoid public confusion and possible misinterpretations of the HUBZone program. The rule will be effective on October 3, 2016 unless significantly adverse comments are received by September 6, 2016, in which case SBA will publish a timely withdrawal of the rule. (81 Fed. Reg. 51,312, 8/4/16)