Contracting Through the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program

Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a)) established a program that authorizes the Small Business Administration (SBA) to enter into all types of contracts with other agencies and let certified “8(a)” disadvantaged small business subcontractors perform the work.

Gramercy Research Group was awarded the 8(a) certification by the U.S. Small Business Administration in April 2014.

What are the steps required for an 8(a) sole source contract award to Gramercy Research Group?

  • Draft a statement of work and a purchase request (PR). On block 12. REMARK section of the PR, add the statement “Recommend sole source award to 8(a) firm, Gramercy Research Group, Cage Code 5DWR2, DUNS: 829983852”
  • Base/Agency contracting office sends an “offer letter” to the SBA, and SBA sends an “acceptance letter” to base/agency contracting office
  • Base/Agency contracting office negotiates directly with Gramercy Research Group for the contractual terms. Gramercy Research Group can also provide a “budgetary quote” upon request
  • Manage the PR through the normal approval process, including base/agency small business office and contracting
  • Gramercy Research Group can receive sole source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services
  • Simplified Acquisitions ($150k or less) can also be sole-sourced to Gramercy Research Group

Agencies/Contracting Officers who need to contact Gramercy Research Group regarding sole-source contracts can email or call:

Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Gramercy Research Group

Joe Ann Shaeffers
NC District Office Business Opportunity Specialist