The SBA regulations allow a disappointed offeror to challenge the status of an awardee self-certifying as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB). A recent decision by the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) demonstrates that when such a status protest is filed, the protester must include specific information allowing the SBA to investigate the awardee’s SDVOSB status. Merely asserting that the awardee isn’t an eligible SDBOSB is not enough.
As noted in the decision, a protester submitting insufficient information with the protest cannot cure this deficiency by submitting additional information at a later date. Thus, any challenge of an awardee’s status must include as much information as possible with the protest, otherwise it will most likely be dismissed by OHA.
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