first-tier and lower levels of subcontracting. In addition, the agency was required by the bundling regulations to notify incumbent small businesses, not less than 30 days before releasing a solicitation, of any proposed bundling that might affect existing contracts. 36 Keep in mind that, for consolidations, all benefits need not be quantifiable, and there is no dollar-value threshold defining what constitutes “substantially exceed.” 37 If the results of the benefit analysis meet or exceed the threshold test, the acquisition strat- egy team may seek a final determination from the Senior Procurement Executive (SPE). If that determination is received, the team may proceed with the solicitation of the consolidated acquisi- tion. Although the regulation provides no relief for consolidated requirements that do not meet the threshold test, the same is not true of bundled acquisitions. 38 See FAR 7.107(d) . 39 DFARS 207.170-3 .