What agency is responsible for size and SDVOSB protests?
All questions about a firm’s service-disabled veteran-owned size status must be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for resolution (see Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Â§19.307(h). Size protests are decided by the SBA’s Government Contracting Area Office serving the geographical area where the protested firm is located (See 13 C.F.R. 121.1002 and FAR 19.302(c) (1). SDVOSB status protests are decided by the SBA Director for Government Contracting, (See 13 C.F.R. 125.24(e) and FAR 19.307(c). Any questions concerning an apparent successful offeror’s representation that it qualifies as an SDVOSB, including a challenge from a Contracting Officer, must be forwarded to the SBA. (See 13 C.F.R. 125.8).
A size protest is a challenge to an offeror’s representation that it does not exceed the size standard assigned to a solicitation. A service-disabled veteran-owned status protest involves an allegation that an offeror does not qualify as an SDVOSB.