Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program

The DoD Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program authorizes the negotiation, administration, and reporting of subcontracting plans on a plant, division, or company-wide basis as appropriate. The purpose of the test is to determine whether comprehensive subcontracting plans will result in increased subcontracting opportunities for small business while reducing the administrative burden on contractors.



An important aspect of the test program is that it offers significant opportunity to create a dialogue between DoD and program participants on major small business issues facing us all.

Click here for a listing of current program participants.

Legislative Background on the DoD Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program

Section 834, P.L. 101-189

Section 834, P.L. 101-189: Established the test program to determine if comprehensive subcontracting plans on a corporate, division or plant-wide basis would lead to increased opportunities for small businesses (SB).


Section 811, P.L. 104-106: (a) Expanded the test program to determine if comprehensive subcontracting plans will reduce administrative burden on contactors while enhancing subcontracting opportunities for SBs and SDBs; (b) Revised contractor eligibility criteria (three DoD contracts with aggregate value of at least $5 million in the preceding fiscal year) and (c) Authorized service acquisition executives (SAE) to designate at least three but not more than five contracting activities to participate in the test covering a broad range of supplies, and to negotiate five comprehensive subcontracting plans.


Section 822, P.L. 105-85: Extended the program to September 30, 2000, and provide for subcontracts under DoD contracts of participating contractors to be included in comprehensive small business subcontracting plans.

Section 817, P.L. 106-65: Extended the program to September 30, 2005
Section 843, P.L. 108-375: Extended the program to September 30, 2010
Section 863, P.L. 111-383: Extended the program to December 31, 2011
Section 866, P.L. 112-81: Extended the program to December 31, 2014

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