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How the Government Issues a Sole Source Award to a Non-8(a) Company

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The Government may issue a Sole Source Award when there is only one company or organization that can satisfy the agency’s needs. DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard have more leeway and may issue a Sole Source Award if there are a limited number of potential sources. However, in order to issue these Sole Source Awards, these are the requirements in summary that must be met:

• It may not resemble either a pending nor upcoming solicitation
• It is anticipated that additional competition would not save the Government money.

• If the bid was not a Sole Source, there would be unacceptable delays.

• One of the following must be met:

◙ There is only one responsible source to obtain the services/supplies.
◙ Unusual or compelling urgency; This cannot be due to the Government’s lack of planning.
◙ Industrial Mobilization; engineering, developmental, or research capability, or expert services;
◙ International Agreement;
◙ Required by statute (e.g. utilities);
◙ National Security; or
◙ Public Interest

• There must be an explanation as to which of the above reasons is pertinent.

• There must be description of efforts that the Government has made to solicit as many sources as possible.

• Depending on the value of the award, different approvals are required.

• With a few exceptions, the justification should be made publicly available 14 days after contract award and must remain available for a minimum of 30 days on

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Karen Long is the President and a Consultant for Streamline Government Contracts, LLC (Streamline). Karen has over 15 years of experience in Government Contracting, a B.S. in Education from the University of Connecticut (UConn), a M.S. in Management /Procurement and Contracts Management Track and a M.B.A. from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and earned a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) certificate. Karen has worked for both small and mid-size companies administering contracts cradle to grave. For more information on her background, go to Karen's bio


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