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FAQs in General Assessment of 8(a) Certification

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

Is the applicant firm a for-profit business?

Response: A firm must be for-profit to be eligible for the 8(a) program.

Is the applicant firm operating as a broker?

Response: Brokers are not eligible for participation in the 8(a) program, please review 13 CFR 124.108(d). A broker is a concern that adds no material value to an item being supplied to a procuring activity or which does not take ownership or possession of or handle the item being procured with its own equipment or facilities.

Has the firm generated any revenue?

Response: This is a “YES” or “NO” response, please do not respond with “N/A.” If your firm has not yet generated revenues or is not currently generating revenues, then your firm will not be able to waive the two-year rule at this time. Although SBA offers a waiver to the two-year rule, a condition of the waiver requires that the firm have a track record of performance on contracts. Therefore, the firm must have an established track record and the firm MUST have generated revenues.

Are all the individual(s), in the applicant firm, claiming disadvantaged status U.S. citizens?

Response: In order to claim disadvantaged status, the individual must be a U.S. citizen. Resident Aliens are strictly prohibited from claiming disadvantaged status. Non-citizens may own a portion of the firm, they may not however claim disadvantaged status. At least 51 percent must be owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s).

Does the applicant firm have a Doing Business As (DBA) Name?

Response: If “YES,” you must include this filing in the Ownership Section of the application. This would also include a copy of any fictitious name filing.


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