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SBA 8(a) Sole Source
Streamline the Procurement Process
Discover the Benefits of Sole Sourcing with a Tribal 8(a) Company. The SBA certifies small, disadvantaged businesses in good standing to participate in this program, which empowers federal agencies to sole source contracts to its participants.

Big Advantage – No Threshold Limit
A tribally owned 8(a), like Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP), may receive sole-source contracts regardless of the dollar amount. Under 13 CFR 124.506(b), sole-source federal contracts may be awarded to tribal-owned, certified 8(a) companies without regard to contract value. Other 8(a)s have a $4 million limit on contracts for services. A sole-source contract awarded to any 8(a) cannot be protested for lack of competition. With no ceiling on awards to a tribal-owned 8(a), protests cannot be lodged, regardless of the contract’s size. Other 8(a)s have this protection, but only up to the $4 million ceiling.

What Makes This Possible?
Tribal firms are granted special contracting opportunities under the FAR for government contracts, in general, and for DoD contracts in particular. These include unique 8(a) rights, expedited A-76 authority and pricing advantages for DoD contractors that subcontract with Native American-owned firms.

SBA 8(a) Sole Source Model
Agency Program Manager
1. Establishes requirement
2. Prepares SOW and procurement request
3. Identifies 8(a) firm or firms – market research stage (oral or written capability briefing is requested of CNSP)

Budget Officer
4. Authorizes funding

Contracting Office
5. Identifies 8(a) team as the most capable based on the capability briefing in Step 3 and offers this requirement to the SBA for the 8(a) firm

Small Business Administration
6. Accepts requirements on behalf of the 8(a) identified in capability briefing
7. Authorizes agency to conduct negotiations with this 8(a) firm

Contracting Office
8. Issues RFP to the 8(a) team (prime & partners) 8(a) Team (Prime & Partners)
9. Submits technical and pricing proposal in response to RFP

Contracting Officer
10. Performs technical and price analysis 8(a) Team (Prime & Partners)
11. Negotiates final price and deliverables with contracting officer
12. Requests more information from 8(a) firm as necessary

Contracting Office
13. Determines the cost is fair and expertise is rated
14. Assembles contract and forwards to SBA

All Parties
15. Federal client, SBA and CNSP execute agreement (most agencies have SBA-delegated authority, eliminating need for SBA contract signature)