When you’re considering entering the world of government contract work, you have to consider a lot of variables. Although every bid and each situation is distinct, answers to some of the most frequently asked questions may be helpful as you get started.

Widening Solicitations

Question: If a solicitation is released as a small-business set-aside, such as a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and no proposals are received, will the solicitation be released as “full and open”?

Answer: Yes, if the government has done the required market research and, based on this market research, found that it should have received at least two offers from WOSBs, the solicitation then could be released as full and open. This also assumes that the requirements did not change from the initial market research.

Low Response

Question: If a competitive solicitation is released, and the government receives just one response, can the contract be awarded?

Answer: Yes, if the government had a reasonable expectation that at least two proposals would have been received and as long as the price is deemed fair and reasonable, the contract can be awarded.

Small Business Set-Aside

Question: If a company has received a contract award as a small business set-aside but may no longer be a small business in the coming year, will it need to recertify as a small business?

Answer: It depends. The company size standard is determined at the time the proposal is submitted. It will not have to be recertified unless it is a long-term contract that will last five years or more. If it is a long-term contract, the company would need to be recertified before the beginning of the sixth year.

You likely have many more questions about government contracts. For sound answers to all of your questions, contact us today at 703-218-3600 or click here. To review our government contracting articles, click here. To learn more about MCB’s government contracting practice and our experts, click here.

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