8(a) Sole Source Contracts: Little Explanation Necessary

Agencies have broad discretion when it comes to issuing 8(a) sole source contract awards.  Although a procuring agency must provide the SBA with some justification as to why it selected a particular 8(a) company for a sole source contract, that justification can be very brief.  And, as the GAO held in a recent bid protest decision, an 8(a) sole source contract justification need not explain why the 8(a) awardee was superior to another 8(a) company interested in the same contract.

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