Sole Source Provider Benefits
A tribally owned 8(a), like Cherokee Nation Healthcare Services (CNHS), may receive sole-source contracts regardless of the dollar amount.
Under 13 CFR 124.506(b), sole-source federal contracts may be awarded to tribally owned, certified 8(a) companies without regard to contract value. Other 8(a)s have a $4 million limit on contracts for services.
A sole-source contract awarded to any 8(a) cannot be protested for lack of competition. With no ceiling on awards to a tribally owned 8(a), protests cannot be lodged, regardless of the contract’s size. Other 8(a)s have this protection, but only up to the $4 million ceiling.