Change Number: Change 155 GSAM Case 2021-G525
Effective Date: 08/30/2022

Subpart 519.6 - Certificates of Competency and Determinations of Responsibility

519.602 Procedures.

519.602-3 Resolving differences between the agency and the Small Business Administration.

      (a)  Within 5 business days after requesting the SBA Area Office to refer an intention to issue a Certificate of Competency to SBA Headquarters for review, the contracting officer shall forward the information in paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this subsection to the AA OSDBU through your designated SBTA. This period may be extended by mutual agreement.

           (1)  Copies of all correspondence between GSA and SBA concerning the case. Include the initial referral notice of nonresponsibility.

           (2)  Copies of all technical documents sent to SBA (for example, the solicitation, preaward surveys, or any abstract of offers). Include any new information and a justification of the contracting officer's decision to continue the appeal.

      (b)  After considering all the facts and conferring with the contracting officer, the AA OSDBU will decide whether or not to file a formal appeal. Before deciding whether or not to appeal, the AA OSDBU must notify the contracting officer.

      (c) For decisions on cases over $25,000,000, the AA OSDBU shall confer with the contracting activity before responding to SBA regarding either of the options in FAR 19.602-3(b)(1)(i) and (ii).