Existing VA Policy: The deviation for VAAR 810.001-70 states in part, “The contracting officer will search the VIP database by applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes to determine if two or more verified service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) and/or Veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) in the appropriate NAICS code, are listed as verified in the VIP database. The contracting officer will determine if identified SDVOSBs or VOSBs are capable of performing the work and likely to submit an offer/quote at a fair and reasonable price that offers best value to the Government.”
Prior to solicitation, use market research results to determine if there is reasonable expectation two or more SDVOSBs or VOSBs are capable of performing the work and likely to submit an offer/quote at a fair and reasonable price that offers best value to the Government. The market research should include any or all of the techniques identified in FAR 10.002(b)(2) such as reviewing the results of recent market research, publishing formal requests for information, obtaining source lists of similar items for other contracting activities or agencies, reviewing catalogs or other available product information published by manufacturers, etc.
The market research must document due diligence in reviewing any or all of the techniques identified in FAR 10.002(b)(2) . The VA form 2268 must be include the documentation resulting from the market research and must be routed in accordance with the latest OSDBU policy guidance on small business procurement reviews.
The VA does not plan to issue policy that standardizes the acceptable amount of difference in pricing between a SDVOSB/VOSB quote/proposal versus non-SDVOSB/VOSB quote/proposal. The fair market price on a set-aside shall be the price achieved in accordance with the reasonable price guidelines in FAR 15.404-1(b) .
The FAR provides guidance for determining a fair and reasonable price. For example, FAR 15.404(a)(1) , states, “The contracting officer is responsible for evaluating the reasonableness of the offered prices. The analytical techniques and procedures described in this section may be used, singly or in combination with others, to ensure that the final price is fair and reasonable. The complexity and circumstances of each acquisition should determine the level of detail of the analysis required.” FAR 15.403-1(b) states, “When adequate price competition exists (see 15.403-1(c)(1)) , generally no additional data are necessary to determine the reasonableness of price.” The competitive proposals received may reflect the going market prices, but see FAR 15.403-1 .