Contrary to a common misconception, a contractor need not list the solicitation’s NAICS code in its SAM profile in order to qualify for contract award.
In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO confirmed that the government may award a contract to a small business even if the awardee does not list the solicitation’s NAICS code in its SAM profile.
The GAO’s decision in High Plains Computing, Inc. d/b/a HPC Solutions, B-409736.2 (Dec. 22, 2014) involved a Social Security Administration procurement for video teleconferencing support services. The solicitation was issued as an 8(a) set-aside under NAICS code 517919.
After reviewing competitive proposals, the agency awarded the contract to National Cable Contracting, LLC. An unsuccessful competitor, High Plans Computing d/b/a HPC Solutions, filed a GAO bid protest. HPC contended, in part, that NCC was ineligible for award because NCC did not list NAICS code 517919 on its SAM profile.
The GAO noted that it had examined a similar question in 2007 under the old ORCA system.
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