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    As a SBSA - can the agency allow for a reserve for specific socioeconomic types - or can they specify an intent to award a portion of the total SBSA for socioeconomic firms? FAR talks about reserves with full and open competition but is it restricted in a SBSA environment? If a reserve is restricted, can an agency just indicate intent to award a portion of the awards to a subset of SB types so that a fair mix of firms will be available to compete for task orders? I agree to terms.


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    You must follow your market research.  If it is telling you that a Small Business Set-Aside (SBSA) is the most appropriate thing to do, then do that.  If any of the BPA awardee also identify in another socio-economic category, you do get credit in those categories as well as the overall Small Business category.

    A reserve is only used for full and open competition and not set-asides (See Section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act).  Therefore, you can not reserve a BPA award to an SDVOSB under a small business set-aside.  If all 8 awardees are eligible to compete for all task orders, you will not want to restrict an order to just 8a's or HUBZones, or WOSBs.  You must follow FAR 8.405-1, 2 and 3 for ordering under the BPAs you set up. 

    You may also want to contact your SBA local policy office as well.

    References: 
    FAR 8.405-5
    FAR 8.405-1, 8.405-2, and  8.405-3.
    GSA Small Business Set-Aside FAQs https://www.gsa.gov/acquisition/purchasing-programs/gsa-schedules/schedules-flexibilities/small-business-set-aside-faqs#1
    Sec  1331 if Small Business Jobs Act, https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ240/pdf/PLAW-111publ240.pdf


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