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8a Direct Award/Sole Source Award

The Small Business Administration (SBA) created the 8(a) Certification Program to help small disadvantaged businesses complete in the federal marketplace. The SBA 8(a) Sole Source vehicle enables government agencies to engage in direct buy contracts with 8(a) certified contractors. OTS's 8(a) certification is active and valid through July 2025.

  • Advantages

    • Accelerated Award Cycle
      The 8(a) Direct Award vehicle drastically reduces the time required to award contracts. Contracting can typically be finalized in a matter of weeks.

    • Simplified Process
      OTS can receive sole source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services. Contracts can be awarded with a simple Statement of Work and are unlikely to be hampered with protests and delays.

    • Competitive Pricing
      Negotiate pricing directly with OTS to ensure that your agency receives the best value. A shortened award cycle and reduced cost in the procurement process results in lower overall administrative cost.

    • Increase SBA Procurement Grade
      Working with OTS helps your agency reach its small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals.

    Getting Started

    Your Agency can begin the procurement process by simply submitting a written offer to the SBA indicating formal intent to award a procurement requirement as an 8(a) contract to OTS. This may be transmitted by email fax, or postal mail. The SBA will then verify our eligibility and send an acceptance letter to your agency. We're then free to begin the negotiation process. We're ready to put our expertise to work for your agency. Let's get started today! For more information, reach out to us or contact our SBA specialist below.

    Carol Ann House
    Lead Business Opportunity Specialist
    U.S Small Business Administration
    Office: 205-290-7340
    Fax: 202-741-6687