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SBA 8a certification and request for reconsideration

Unders 13 CFR 124.205 an 8(a) applicant can request the SBA Area Office reconsider his or her initial 8a status decline decision by filing a request for reconsideration letter with SBA. The applicant can submit its request  to the SBA DPCE unit that originally processed its application by personal delivery, first class mail, express mail, facsimile transmission followed by first class mail, or commercial delivery service.

Deadlines: Small business 8a applicants must submit its request for reconsideration within 45 days of its receipt of written notice that its 8a application was declined. 

When small businesses initially submit an application for 8(a) certification, they are denied 38% of the time. 60% of those companies are denied the second time around after submitting their reconsideration requests. This is because the company still does not know what the SBA is really looking for.

When the SBA makes an initial determination that your 8(a) application has insufficient information or fails to pass the legal standard for admission into the 8a Program, SBA regulations allow to you to submit a Reconsideration Request under 13 CFR 124.205.

You should submit the request for reconsideration letter within 45 days. However, a substantial amount of companies to get 8a certified after submitting their requests.

SBA 8(a) Request for Reconsideration Services

At Watson & Associates, LLC, our SBA 8(a) Program attorneys understand the various legal issues that surface during the 8a certification process under 13 CFR 124.205 . Our  8a request for reconsideration attorneys frequently help small businesses to guide the SBA to the serious issues that warrant reconsideration. We can help you by:

  • Demonstrating potential for success;
  • Overcoming each reason given by the SBA for the rejection;
  • Business ownership and control matters;
  • All matters addressed in the denial letter;
  • Additional evidence and supporting documents;
  • Explanations why such information was not previously submitted; and
  • If necessary, supplying case law to support your position.

Our government contract consultants and small business program lawyers can help you provide the level of detail and increase your chances of submitting a successful reconsideration request to the SBA. We offer:

  • Assessments of what the SBA wants to see;
  • Guidance on how to develop your documents before resubmission; and
  • Legal analysis of specific substantive issues.

Affiliation Help: We help with small business affiliation, business ownership, and control disputes, family owned business concerns, SBA concerns over having too much revenue from a particular customer, Ostensible Contractor Rule violations, common management and other legal issues in your 8a application.

Meet Short SBA 8a Application Deadlines:  You have 45 calendar days from the date on the denial letter to submit your Request for Reconsideration to the SBA.  At Watson & Associates, our government contract small business lawyers and 8a certification consultants have developed a successful record of helping small businesses to overcome concerns from the SBA.

Exercise Your Appeal Rights After 8a Application Denial: If your 8a application  is declined solely on issues of social disadvantage, economic disadvantage, ownership, control, or any combination of these four criteria, our attorneys and consultants can appeal the denial of your 8a application to SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA).

13 CFR 124.205

(a) An applicant may request the AA/BD to reconsider his or her initial decline decision by filing a request for reconsideration with SBA. The applicant may submit a revised electronic application or submit its request for reconsideration to the SBA DPCE unit that originally processed its application by personal delivery, first class mail, express mail, facsimile transmission followed by first class mail, or commercial delivery service. The applicant must submit its request for reconsideration within 45 days of its receipt of written notice that its application was declined. If the date of actual receipt of such written notice cannot be determined, SBA will presume receipt to have occurred ten calendar days after the date the notice was sent to the applicant. The applicant must provide any additional information and documentation pertinent to overcoming the reason(s) for the initial decline, whether or not available at the time of initial application, including information and documentation regarding changed circumstances.

(b) The AA/BD will issue a written decision within 45 days of SBA’s receipt of the applicant’s request. The AA/BD may either approve the application, deny it on the same grounds as the original decision, or deny it on other grounds. If denied, the AA/BD will explain why the applicant is not eligible for admission to the 8(a) BD program and give specific reasons for the decline.

(c) If the AA/BD declines the application solely on issues not raised in the initial decline, the applicant can ask for reconsideration as if it were an initial decline.

Nationwide Help

Watson’s 8a certification lawyers and SBA request for reconsideration consultant represent federal contractors in all small business matters. We help small businesses and large DoD contractors in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Cities in which our CO and Washington DC government contract SBA 8a certification lawyers and request for reconsideration consultants include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL.

Call Our SBA 8a Certification and Request for Reconsideration Lawyers for Immediate Help

If you need experienced 8(a)Program experts to help you with an 8a certification application reconsideration requests under 13 CFR 124.205 or appeal, contact us online or call us at 866-601-5518 toll-free for a free initial consultation.