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Take a Minute to Understand 8(a) Set-asides

Section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 authorized discretionary use of set-asides against multiple award contracts (i.e. Multiple Award Schedules).  This includes setting-aside orders to 8(a) contractors. The provision did not authorize the use of sole-sourcing under the various small business programs.

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Air Force Switches from 8(a) Contractor to GSA Schedules

Recently, an incumbent contractor contested the 2008 decision of the United States Air Force to procure credit reports using GSA Schedules rather than continue its past practice of sole sourcing the requirement under SBA's 8(a) program. The Plaintiff's challenge failed in the United States Court of Federal Claims (CoFC).

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