(f)(1) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) through (e) of this subsection, the approving authority identified in paragraph (f)(2) of this subsection may determine that bundling is necessary and justified when–

(i) The expected benefits do not meet the thresholds for a substantial benefit but are critical to the agency’s mission success; and

(ii) The acquisition strategy provides for maximum practicable participation by small business concerns.