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19.1505 Set-aside procedures.

19.1505 Set-aside procedures.

      (a) The contracting officer-

           (1) Shall comply with 19.203 before deciding to set aside an acquisition under the WOSB Program;

           (2) May set aside acquisitions exceeding the micro-purchase threshold for competition restricted to EDWOSB concerns or WOSB concerns eligible under the WOSB Program when the acquisition-

                (i) Is assigned a NAICS code in which SBA has determined that WOSB concerns are underrepresented in Federal procurement; or

                (ii) Is assigned a NAICS code in which SBA has determined that WOSB concerns are substantially underrepresented in Federal procurement, as specified on SBA’s Web site at http://www.sba.gov/WOSB.

      (b) For requirements in NAICS codes designated by SBA as underrepresented, a contracting officer may restrict competition to EDWOSB concerns if the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation based on market research that-

           (1) Two or more EDWOSB concerns will submit offers for the contract and;

           (2) Contract award will be made at a fair and reasonable price.

      (c) A contracting officer may restrict competition to WOSB concerns eligible under the WOSB Program (including EDWOSB concerns), for requirements in NAICS codes designated by SBA as substantially underrepresented if there is a reasonable expectation based on market research that-

           (1) Two or more WOSB concerns eligible under the WOSB Program (including EDWOSB concerns), will submit offers and;

           (2) Contract award may be made at a fair and reasonable price.

      (d) The contracting officer may make an award, if only one acceptable offer is received from a qualified EDWOSB concern or WOSB concern eligible under the WOSB Program.

      (e) The contracting officer must check whether the apparently successful offeror filed all the required eligibility documents, and file a status protest if any documents are missing. See 19.1503(d)(2).

      (f) If no acceptable offers are received from an EDWOSB concern or WOSB concern eligible under the WOSB Program, the set-aside shall be withdrawn and the requirement, if still valid, must be considered for set aside in accordance with 19.203 and subpart 19.5.

      (g) If the contracting officer rejects a recommendation by SBA’s Procurement Center Representative-

           (1) The contracting officer shall notify the procurement center representative as soon as practicable;

           (2) SBA shall notify the contracting officer of its intent to appeal the contracting officer’s decision no later than five business days after receiving notice of the contracting officer’s decision;

           (3) The contracting officer shall suspend further action regarding the procurement until the head of the agency issues a written decision on the appeal, unless the head of the agency makes a written determination that urgent and compelling circumstances which significantly affect the interests of the United States compel award of the contract;

           (4) Within 15 business days of SBA’s notification to the head of the contracting activity, SBA shall file a formal appeal to the head of the agency, or the appeal will be determined withdrawn; and

           (5) The head of the agency, or designee, shall specify in writing the reasons for a denial of an appeal brought under this section.