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8(a) Sole Source


MERP Systems is a certified SBA 8(a) program participant through 2025. As authorized by FAR 19.8, Federal agencies may issue sole source contracts to 8(a) firms up to $4 million.

Available for: All Federal agencies
Period of Performance: April 1, 2016 – April 1, 2025
Scope of Work: We are eligible for any scope of work under the 8(a) program.
How to Make an 8(a) Sole Source Contract in 3 Easy Steps:

The agency CO sends and “Offer Letter” and PWS to dcofferletters@sba.gov. The SBA processes the Offer Letter and returns it to the agency CO within 5 business days.
The agency CO issues a Request for Proposal (RFP) to Highlight. We submit the proposal, the contract is awarded, and work begins.
This entire process can be completed in 5 – 10 business days or less.

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.