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We often hear about companies in year 5 (or later) of their 9-year 8(a) BD program term voluntarily withdraw from the program and/or express unhappiness with the program because they haven't yet received an 8(a) contract. More often than not, this situation is a result of a misconception on the firm's part that once in the 8(a) program, Federal contracts will just miraculously fall into their lap. The reality is that getting an 8(a) sole-source contract requires a lot of time and effort on the part of the 8(a) firm. This blog post will provide a general overview of the various paths to an 8(a) sole-source award.
Recent GAO Decision Reminds Us That 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts Are Difficult to Protest (And Prevail on)