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SBA 8(a) Sole Source
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.

A tribally owned 8(a), like Cherokee Nation Operational Solutions (CNOS), may receive sole-source contracts regardless of the dollar amount. Under 13 CFR 124.506(b), sole-source federal contracts may be awarded to tribally 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 tribally 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.

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.

To learn more, download our SBA 8(a) Sole Source one-sheet.