Directed 8(a)

8 (a) advantages

  • Ardent, as an 8(a) company, is eligible to receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services
  • Aids in meeting socio-economical goals of the procuring agencies
  • Fast and simple procurement and operational execution

Process for 8(a) procurement

When a procuring agency contracting officer intends to award a procurement requirement as an 8(a) contract, a written offering letter to SBA may be submitted electronically or physically.   The letter of intent shall contain the following information:

  1. Applicable NAICS code for the acquisition
  2. Description/scope of the work to be performed
  3. Estimated period of performance
  4. Approximate value of the requirement, including options, if any in dollar terms
  5. Location(s) of work with any restrictions or geographical limitations
  6. Special capabilities or skills needed for contract performance, if any
  7. Type of the intended contract to be awarded, such as Firm Fixed Price, Cost Reimbursement, Cost plus Fixed Fee, or Labor Hour.
  8. Names and addresses of any small business contractors that have previously performed on this same of similar requirement
  9. Identification of any specific participant that the procuring activity contracting officer nominates for award of a sole source 8(a) contract.
  10. Bonding requirements, if applicable.
  11. Information of all interested vendors that have expressed an interest in being considered for the acquisition.
  12. Identification of all SBA field offices, which have requested that the requirement be considered for award through the 8(a) program.
  13. A request stating that the requirement being less than the respective threshold limits, be considered for award as an 8(a) competitive/sole source contract.
  14. Any other information that the procuring activity deems relevant or which SBA requests.

The above information will need to be submitted to the SBA, along with a statement that prior to the offering, a solicitation for the specific acquisition has not been issued as a small business set- aside, or as a small disadvantaged business set- aside; and that no public announcements have been published showing the procuring activity’s clear intent to use any of these means of procurement.


Mr. Ron Hartke
Phone: 937-312-1345

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