- Federal law allows Federal Agencies to award sole source contracts to the SBA on behalf of an
- Eligible 8(a) firm of their choice. Participants can receive sole source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services.
- The 8(a) sole source vehicle provides agencies a simplified and shortened acquisition procedure:
- Streamlined process and reduced decision cycle: the time required to award an 8(a) sole source contract is usually within days.
- Lowered administrative costs: procurement process and time is reduced from an average of 60-90 days to a minimum (usually a few days).
- Best value in Price: expedited negotiation where agency negotiates with the firm directly to get the best value.
- Credit for promoting 8(a) small business participation within agency.
- Can initiate a contract with a simple high-level statement of work.
- Expedited support for mission readiness.
How to Award an 8(a) Sole Source Contract:
- The Government Program Manager or interested party develops a statement of work, prepares a government estimate, and obtains the necessary funding.
- The Government Program Manager or interested party chooses TTW Solutions to perform the work and submits a procurement request to the agency Contracting Officer.
- The agency Contracting Officer prepares and submits an “Offer Letter” to TTW Solutions’ SBA Business Development Support Team at DCbusdev8a@sba.gov
- SBA processes the Offer Letter and returns it to the agency Contracting Officer who submits the Statement of Work and Request for Proposal or Quotation to TTW Solutions.
- TTW Solutions submits the proposal, which is evaluated and negotiated (if necessary) by the agency.
- The contract is awarded to TTW Solutions.
These steps can normally be accomplished within a few days. It is also worthwhile to mention that TTW Solutions has a great working relationship with the SBA‐assigned Business Development Support Team who is willing to help clarify any issue related to the 8(a) program and facilitate any contract award.