Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the purpose of the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program?

A: The purpose of the test is to determine whether the negotiation and administration of comprehensive small business (SB) subcontracting plans, rather than individual SB subcontracting plans, will reduce administrative burdens on contractors while enhancing subcontracting opportunities for SB concerns, and SB concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals under DoD contracts.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements to participate in the test?

A: Contractors eligible to participate in the test are "large" business concerns that, during the preceding fiscal year were (a) performing under at least three DoD prime contracts, (b) furnished supplies or services (including professional services) to DoD, (c) were paid $5 million or more for such contract activities, and (d) achieved a small disadvantaged business (SDB) subcontracting participation rate of 5 percent or more during the preceding fiscal year. A "large" business concern with an SDB subcontracting participation rate of less than 5 percent during the preceding fiscal year may be permitted to participate in the test if the firm submits an acceptable, detailed plan with milestones leading to attainment of at least a 5 percent SDB subcontracting participation rate.