Government Contracts DFARS Rule Updates DoD Section 8(a) Direct Award Clause
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Friday, November 30, 2018

DFARS Rule Updates DoD Section 8(a) Direct Award Clause

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

A final rule issued by the Department of Defense (DFARS Case 2018-D052) amends the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement to remove an obsolete requirement from the clause at DFARS 252.219-7009, Section 8(a) Direct Award. The clause required 8(a) contractors to obtain written approval from the Small Business Administration and the contracting officer prior to subcontracting the performance of any contract requirements. This requirement no longer exists in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program regulations at SBA Part 124. This rule impacts only 8(a) Program participants who do business, or want to do business, with DoD. Currently, 8(a) Program participants who have DoD contracts must obtain written approval from SBA and the CO before subcontracting the performance of any contract requirements in accordance with DFARS 252.219-7009. The text of this rule, which went into effect on October 31, 2018, appears at ¶70,016.960.

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