Unlike other 8(a) companies that are owned by individual business owners, AIS FDTWI can receive sole source awards of any size that cannot be protested due to their status as an ANC-owned company. The SBA ANC 8(a) contracting method avoids a long, expensive, and complex procurement cycle and is significantly faster than any other means of contracting. When using the ANC 8(a) contracting method, a government customer can simply select AIS FDTWI as a suggested source and submit a request to the supporting SBA District Office, asking that the procurement be pursued under the 8(a) program. The often lengthy, expensive, and tedious process of justifying source selection is thereby avoided. Agencies and government contractors are able to claim 100% Small Business numbers and Native American Set-Aside numbers when contracting with subsidiaries within AIS. Additionally, because 8(a) companies may subcontract portions of the work to other firms, AIS FDTWI is able to assemble a perfect team for any particular project, often times with other AIS operating companies, to ensure there are no subcontractor issues. Open discussion between the government and AIS FDTWI during all phases of the procurement allows government project managers the discretion to define a scope of work and to hand pick the contractor to perform the work.