SDVOSB Set Aside
On May 5, 2004 the Small Business Administration published implementation guidance providing the key linkage to transform the vision of Public Law 108-183 into Procurement reality. Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)), which provides that the President must establish a goal of not less than 3 percent for participation by service-disabled veteran businesses in Federal contracting, and section 36 of that Act (15 U.S.C. 657f), which gives agency contracting officers the authority to reserve certain procurements for service-disabled veteran businesses.
Contracting officers may set-aside solicitations to allow only SDVOSB concerns to compete (see FAR19.1405). No separate justification or determination and findings are required to set aside a contract action for SDVOSB concerns when the following requirements can be satisfied: Offers will be received from two or more SDVOSB concerns; and Award will be made at a fair market price. If the contracting officer receives only one acceptable offer from a SDVOSB in response to a set-aside, the contracting officer should make an award to that SDVOSB.