An NHO Owned SBA 8(a) company
 SBA 8(a) NHO Contracting

Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) owned companies certified by the Small Business Administration as an 8(a) Small Business Development participant are accorded special status under Public Law 109-148 in contracting with Department of Defense (DoD) agencies.

Non-NHO 8(a) companies in the Small Business Development program may not receive sole-source awards above $3.5 million for service contracts and $5.5 million for manufacturing contracts. NHO owned companies, such as Hawaii Resource Group, are exempt from such threshold limitations with DoD agencies and may receive sole source awards with no upper ceiling, similar to the contracting benefit accorded to Alaska Native Corporations and Native American entities.

Under present law, the advantages for DoD contracting officers in contracting directly with the Hawaii Resource Group (HRG) are:

  • Contracting with HRG will help to satisfy DoD’s small business and 8(a) contracting goals
  • HRG can receive sole source awards with no competition and no prior advertisement
  • No dollar ceiling or competitive thresholds for NHO 8(a) set asides (13 CFR 124.506 (b))
  • Sole-source procurements to HRG may not be protested (13 C.F.R. 124.517(a))
  • Conversion of any activity or function of the Department of Defense under the authority to HRG is credited toward any competitiveness or outsourcing goal, target, or measurement
  • Easier and quicker contracting and obligation of funds with a desired team that does things right