8(a) SBA Certified Business

As a SBA certified tribally owned 8(a) firm, MTS is afforded important prerogatives under the Federal Acquisitions Regulations and U.S. legal code. These regulations offer value to our customers, as MTS delivers rapid, sole source, and uncontestable solutions for federal contracting needs.

Benefits of working with MTS as a tribally owned 8a company

The flexibility and agility of the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program provides the federal government acquisition community, program managers, and operators with acquisition options in addition to traditional vendor/contractor procurement processes. Within the SBA 8(a) program, Small Disadvantaged Businesses qualifying for 8(a) status who are owned by an American Indian Tribe are entitled to unique privileges and benefits. Under the FAR, these businesses provide government customers a timely, FAR‐compliant alternative to securing solutions through direct, sole‐sourced contracts that can be processed quickly, efficiently and in many cases, within days of requirement identification. These contracts may be negotiated to ensure the procuring agency meets its program needs while ensuring the government gets best value for the agency and taxpayers. The specific legal authorities providing these advantages are:

  • 13 CFR 124.506(b) ‐ Tribal entities are not subject to the standard $4M dollar threshold limitations on sole‐source contract awards that are applicable to other 8(a) entities. Instead, sole‐source contracts may be awarded to Tribal entities up to $22M without justification. *
    • *FAR 19.808-1(a) – Under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act specific to the Department of Defense, sole‐source contracts may be awarded to Tribal entities up to $100M without justification.*
  • 48 CFR 6.303.1 - Tribal entities may receive sole-source contracts for any amount above the $22M threshold with proper Justification & Authorization. *
    • *FAR 6.302-5(b)(4) –Tribal entities may receive sole-source contracts from the Department of Defense for any amount above the $100M threshold with the simplified Justification & Authorization process.
  • 13 CFR 124.517(a) ‐ Tribal entity 8(a) sole‐source contracts may not be protested.