PGI 219.6—CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY
When making a nonresponsibility determination on a small business concern, the contracting officer shall notify the contracting activity's small business specialist.
(a)(3)(A) If the contracting officer believes the agency should appeal, the contracting officer shall immediately inform the departmental director of the Office of Small Business Programs and shall send the director, through departmental channels—
(1) A request for appeal, summarizing the issues. The request must be sent to arrive within 5 working days after receipt of the SBA Headquarters’ written position; and
(2) An appeal file, documenting the contracting activity's position. The file must be sent to arrive within 5 working days after transmission of the request.
(B) The departmental director will determine whether the agency will appeal and will notify the SBA of the agency's intent.