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Direct Award Authority

Knowesis has SBA Small Business program direct award authority as a Woman Owned Small Business and as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business. 

Direct Award Authority

Knowesis may accept direct awards up to $5M per under the following programs, provided the work can be supported under the NAICS codes below:

  • GSA STARS III contract vehicle - effective through July 2, 2026….Read More

  • SBA 8(m) Woman Owned Small Business

  • Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business


Process for an 8(m) Sole Source Contract in 3 Easy Steps

  1. The Government Program Manager (PM) prepares a procurement request and submits it to the agency Contracting
    Officer (CO). This includes a Performance Work Statement (PWS), cost estimate, and funding.

  2. The agency CO sends and “Offer Letter” and PWS to Knowesis’ SBA point of contact. The SBA processes the Offer Letter
    and returns it to the agency CO within 5 business days.

  3. The agency CO issues a Request for Proposal (RFP) to Forward Solutions. We submit the proposal, the contract
    is awarded, and work begins.


This entire process can be completed in 5 -10 business days or less.

Requirements for an 8(m) Sole Source Contract

FAR 19.805-1(a)(2) establishes that a direct award to an 8(m) firm may be made if:

  • Reasonable expectation that at least two eligible and responsible firms will submit offers;

  • Award can be made at a fair market price; and

  • Less than $5 Million for all other acquisitions.

Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) 
(Certified by Center for Veterans Enterprise)

The Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-83) established a procurement program for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSB).

FAR 19.1406 allows sole source awards to a SDVOSB concern provided that:

  • Only one SDVOSB can satisfy the requirement (Note: This does not mean the only source, but refers to the only
    "SDVOSB" available);

  • The award will be less than $4 Million ($7 Million for manufacturing);

  • The SDVOSB is a responsible contractor (i.e., can perform the contract);

  • The work is not currently being performed under the SBA 8(a) program; and

  • The price is reasonable.


Knowesis is a small business registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) for the following NAICS:

  • 511199 All Other Publishers

  • 511210 Software Publishers

  • 512191 Tele-production and Other Postproduction Services

  • 518210 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services

  • 541511* Custom Computer Programming Services

  • 541512* Computer Systems Design Services

  • 541513* Computer Facilities Management Services

  • 541519* Other Computer Related Services

  • 541713 Research and Development in Nanotechnology 

  • 541714 Research and Development in Biotechnology (except Nanobiotechnology)

  • 541715 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)

  • 561210 Facilities Support Services

* Knowesis is eligible for competitive award through this code under GSA STARS III 47QTCB21D0238 and/or is considered an eligible small business for the GSA MAS 47QTCA18D00BV via SIN 54151S.

For more information on Knowesis’ NAICS is available at and

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