This bill would amend the Small Business Act to eliminate the inclusion of option years in the award price for sole source contracts. This would bring the dollar amount of sole-source awards in line with the size of current contracts.
This bill would raise the threshold amount that federal contracting officers may award in sole-source contracts to certain types of small business from $4 million for the life of the contract to up to $7 million per year. It’d additionally require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to individually certify small business’ eligibility to receive such contracts upon request from a federal contracting officer.
Eventually, the SBA would be responsible for developing a program to determine small business’ eligibility to receive sole-source contracts. Additionally, this bill would create an SBA check for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) and service-disabled veteran owned small businesses (SDVOBs).
Further, the bill would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to evaluate federal policies and practices regarding classifying and awarding sole source contracts and to report to Congress on its findings.