819.7006 VA veteran-owned small business set-aside procedures.

(a) The contracting officer shall consider SDVOSB set-asides before considering VOSB set-asides. Except as authorized by 813.106, 819.7007 and 819.7008, the contracting officer shall set aside an acquisition for competition restricted to SDVOSBs or VOSBs upon a reasonable expectation, based on market research, that:

(1) Offers/quotes will be received from two or more eligible SDVOSBs or VOSBs; and

(2) Award can be made at a fair and reasonable price.

(b) When conducting SDVOSB or VOSB set-asides, the contracting officer shall ensure that:

(1) Businesses are listed as verified in the VIP database at the time of submission of offers/quotes and prior to making an award; and

(2) Offerors affirmatively represent their SDVOSB/VOSB and small business status based on the size standard corresponding to the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to the solicitation/contract as set forth in 819.7003(b) and/or (c).

(c) If the contracting officer receives only one acceptable offer at a fair and reasonable price from a verified SDVOSB/VOSB in response to a SDVOSB or VOSB set-aside, the contracting officer should make an award to that SDVOSB or VOSB. If the contracting officer receives no acceptable offers/quotes from verified SDVOSBs or VOSBs, the SDVOSB or VOSB set-aside shall be withdrawn and the requirement, if still valid, set aside for other small business programs or otherwise procured using the most appropriate strategy based on the results of market research.

819.7007 Sole source awards to a verified service-disabled veteran-owned small business.

(a) A contracting officer may award a contract to a verified SDVOSB concern using procedures other than competitive procedures provided—

(1) The anticipated award price of the contract (including options) will not exceed $5 million;

(2) The justification prepared pursuant to FAR 6.302-5(c)(2)(ii) is posted in accordance with FAR subpart 5.301(d);

(3) The SDVOSB concern has been determined to be a responsible source with respect to performance; and

(4) In the estimation of the contracting officer, contract award can be made at a fair and reasonable price that offers best value to the Government.

(b) The contracting officer’s determination to make a sole source award is a business decision wholly within the discretion of the contracting officer. To ensure that opportunities are available to the broadest number of verified SDVOSBs, this authority is to be used judiciously and only when in the best interest of the Government.

(c) A determination that only one SDVOSB can meet the requirement is not required. However, in accordance with FAR 6.302-5(c)(2)(ii), contracts awarded using this authority shall be supported by a written justification and approval described in FAR 6.303 and 6.304, as applicable. Page 8 of 9 Class Deviation Veterans First Contracting Program Attachment 9 – VAAR 819

(d) When conducting a SDVOSB sole source acquisition, the contracting officer shall ensure the business meets eligibility requirements 819.7003.

(e) A procurement requirement estimated to exceed the legislative threshold of $5 million shall not be split or subdivided to permit the use of this SDVOSB sole source authority