Acquisition Policy Flash! 21-17 - Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)
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Acquisition Policy Flash! 21-17

What's Changed?

Class Deviation from the Federal Acquisition Regulation Regarding Certification of Women-Owned Small Businesses

Purpose: To issue a class deviation in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 1.404, to implement the Small Business Administration (SBA) final rule published May 11, 2020 (85 FR 27650). Federal agencies are authorized by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC) letter 2021-01, dated January 29, 2021 to issue a class deviation.

FAR Section Referenced: FAR 19.1503

Effective Date: March 12, 2021.

Expiration Date: N/A

Background: The SBA rule revised 13 CFR 127 concerning status as a WOSB and EDWOSB to be eligible under the Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB Program). As of October 15, 2020, the WOSB Program Repository is no longer the source for WOSB and EDWOSB representation status. SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) will serve as the point of reference to determine the status of WOSB or EDWOSB concerns until SBA certification status is implemented within the SAM.

Applicability: This notice applies to VA contracting activities.

Action Required: Contracting officers shall comply with the attached class deviation and new procedures provided in lieu of the procedures at FAR 19.1503(b) through (d) to verify the eligibility of a WOSB and EDWOSB for a set-aside or sole source award under the WOSB Program.

Additional Information: Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (003A), Procurement Policy and Warrant Management Service (003A2A) via email at or (202) 632-5288.