Please be aware with the recent lower court ruling and resulting interim guidance issued by SBA regarding the 8(a) Business Development Program, it may be necessary to write a Social Disadvantage Narrative to respond to 8(a) Set-Aside Solicitations or receive a Sole Source award. You may need to provide this narrative to the Contracting Officer to be approved by the SBA before the award can be finalized. This appears to include upcoming option year modifications.
Please take advantage of this new resource guide provided by the SBA that firms can use when writing the social disadvantage narrative: https://sbaone.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/CHDB/pages/2768076819/Guide+for+Writing+a+Social+Disadvantage+Narrative
Register for our next live webinar on the topic of SBA’s 8(a) Certification Application Process on October 2nd: https://virginiaptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/4044 and follow us on LinkedIn to stay in the loop.
SBA launched a new feature in the Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) tool that allows you to link your capabilities statement to help market your business to agencies.
This new field is now available in DSBS allowing small businesses to add a URL for their Capabilities Statements.
For 8(a) small businesses who have already uploaded a Capabilities Statement on Certify.SBA.gov as of 6/22/2023, the field will already be populated with the Capabilities Statement URL. For all other small businesses, add a Capabilities Statement Link by visiting the DSBS profile (also known as “Pronet supplemental pages”) to add a link.
Instructions on logging into the DSBS profile through SBA Connect and adding a Capabilities Statement Link are found here: https://sbaone.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/DSBS/pages/2742910980/Add+a+Capabilities+Statement+Link
For 8(a) Participants that received the 1-year 8(a) program extension, their new program dates may not yet be reflected or updated in DSBS and SAM.gov.
The SBA is aware of system issues transmitting updates between SBA and these systems.
If OSDBU’s or Contracting Officers are concerned about the 8(a) Participant’s program status, they should contact their SBA District Office to confirm the 8(a) Participant’s program status.
8(a) certification extended to 10 years for companies admitted before 9/9/2020
From page 400 of the FY2021 NDAA (Public Law No: 116-283):
“SEC. 889. EXTENSION OF PARTICIPATION IN 8(A) PROGRAM.
(a) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall ensure that a small business concern participating in the program established under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637) on or before September 9, 2020, may elect to extend such participation by a period of 1 year, regardless of whether the small business concern previously elected to suspend participation in the program pursuant to guidance of the Administrator.
(b) EMERGENCY RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.—Not later than 15 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall issue regulations to carry out this section without regard to the notice requirements under section 553(b) of title 5, United States Code.“