Effective immediately, for procurements valued at $100 million or less, contracting officers are not required to execute a justification and obtain approval for award of a sole source contract under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. Contracting officers shall use the threshold of $100 million in lieu of the $22 million threshold at Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.302-5(b)(4), 6.303-1(b), 6.303-2(d), and 19.808-1(a). In lieu of the approval requirements at FAR 6.304(a), the approval authority for justifications of 8(a) sole source awards exceeding $100 million is the head of the procuring activity.
This class deviation implements section 823 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Pub. L. 116-92). This class deviation remains in effect until incorporated in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement or otherwise rescinded.