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    Does FAR 15.305 (5) mean that Small Business "automatically" receive the highest rating possible for evaluation of the subcontracting evaluation just because they are an SB?


    The reference to FAR 15.304(c)(3)(ii) and (c)(5) refers only to contracts that involve bundling- so the highest rating for small businesses is applicable ONLY in bundled procurements- and if you have a bundled procurement you have various other reviews, documents and approvals to be concerned with.
    In a non-bundled procurement, small businesses usually get a neutral or "N/A" rating on the subcontracting plan requirement because they are exempt from producing a subcontracting plan; in a bundled procurement, they get the highest possible rating and not a neutral one.

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