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Until now, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did not participate in the SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Contracting Program. But as of January 2021, it looks like that may be changing!

Historically, the FAA did not incorporate any HUBZone goals into its Acquisition Management System (AMS) Contract Clauses. In fact, the FAA website’s FAQ sheet still states, “[t]he FAA has not established a HUBZone goal and is exempt from the SBA Goal Setting Guidelines including the establishment of HUBZone goals.”

But as of January 2021, the FAA has added Clause #3.6.1-18, Notice of HUBZone Set-Aside, to its existing AMS contract clauses. As set forth in the updated AMS, Clause #3.6.1-18:

Must be used in SIRs and contracts set aside, either competitive or noncompetitive, for HUBZone small business. This includes multiple-award contracts when orders may be set aside for HUBZone small business concerns, issued either competitively or noncompetitively.

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Originally published March 3, 2021.