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Why Choose A Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business?
Executive Order 13360, October 20, 2004, "Providing Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran Businesses to Increase Their Federal Contracting and Subcontracting" states a federal policy that "America honors the extraordinary service rendered to the United States by veterans with disabilities incurred or aggravated in the line of duty during active service with the armed forces. Heads of agencies shall provide the opportunity for service-disabled veteran businesses to significantly increase the Federal contracting and subcontracting of such businesses".
The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(q)) and Title 13 CFR part 125.8 define a qualifying SDVOSB as being a small business concern with 51% ownership and which has daily business operations management controlled by one or more service disabled veteran(s).
15 U.S.C. Section 308 and FAR Subpart 19.1406 define the procedures for contracting officers to award sole-source contracts. FAR Subpart 19.1405 establishes the procedures for SDVOSB set-asides where contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that not less than two small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans will submit offers and that the award can be made at a fair market price.
Finally, the new wording in FAR 6.2 is particularly important in that it indicates that there is no justification required for setting aside and acquisition for SDVOSBs. This means that the previously difficult process of justifying a set-aside no longer applies for SDVOSB set-asides. In fact, immediately following a 15-day Notice of Contract Action for Intent to Award synopsis that includes note 22 (see FAR 5.203(a) & 6.302-1), a SDVOSB sole-source award can be made if no other SDVOSB claimed an interest and ability to meet the requirement.
SBA'S TITLE 8(A) AND SDB PROGRAMS |
The SBA administers two particular business assistance programs for small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs). These programs are the 8(a) Business Development Program and the Small Disadvantaged Business Certification Program. While the 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms, SDB certification strictly pertains to benefits in federal procurement. 8(a) firms automatically qualify for SDB certification. Federal law allows agencies to enter into a sole source contract with a ceiling of $4.0 million for services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. Using an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract with a Guaranteed Minimum Buy quantity can increase these ceilings. Benefit: Work done in a fraction of the time needed to conduct an open, fully competitive procurement. Process is controlled for the best value of your money.
SBA certifies SDBs to make them eligible for special bidding benefits. Evaluation credits available to prime contractors boost subcontracting opportunities for SDBs. We have become, in effect, the gateway to opportunity for small contractors and subcontractors. We are also directing the new HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program that allows small firms located in many urban or rural areas to qualify for sole-source and other types of federal contract benefits. HUBZone stands for "historically underutilized business zone." 8(a) companies and SDBs located in these areas are eligible for benefits under both programs. Our task is to teach 8(a) and other small companies how to compete in the federal contracting arena and how to take advantage of greater subcontracting opportunities available from large firms as the result of public-private partnerships. Under new federal procurement regulations, the SBA certifies SDBs for participation in federal procurements aimed at overcoming the effects of discrimination. The new guidelines are designed to ensure that benefits used in the federal procurement program are fair and effective, and conform with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1995 Adarand court decision.
SBA certifies small businesses that meet specific social, economic, ownership, and control eligibility criteria. Once certified, the firm is added to an on-line registry of SDB-certified firms maintained in PRO-Net. Certified firms remain on the list for three years. Contracting officers and large business prime contractors may search this on-line registry for potential suppliers.
INDIAN INCENTIVE PROGRAM |
The Indian Incentive Program provides for the payment of 5 percent of the amount subcontracted to an Indian organization or Indian-owned economic enterprise, this definition includes Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians, when authorized under the terms of the contract. DoD contracts with Prime Contractors that contain the FAR clause 52.226-1, Utilization of Indian Organizations and Indian Owned Economic Enterprises, are eligible for incentive payments under the Fiscal Year programs. These contracts require contractors to use their best efforts to give Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in subcontracts awarded to the fullest extent consistent with efficient performance of the contract(s). Contracting officers, subject to the terms and conditions of the contract, shall authorize an incentive payment of 5 percent of the amount paid to subcontractors that are Indian organizations or Indian-owned economic enterprises.
The FY 2008 Appropriations Act made $15 million available for incentive payments to prime contractors and to small businesses that use Indian-owned businesses or enterprises as subcontractors at any tier. For actions after Sept. 13, 2001, sub-tier contractors who subcontract to Indian-owned firms are eligible for the incentive payments by the prime contractor inserting DFARS Clause 252.226-7001 into the contract. These clauses may be added at any time during the life of the contract by the prime contractor. The OSD SADBU is the administrator for this program.
For more information on this program, visit the DOD Office of Small Business Programs, Indian Incentive Program.
GSA SCHEDULE |
Enables qualified federal customers to find NHV, and facilitates express purchasing, which can dramatically decrease the procurement cycle.
SeaPort-e is the Navy's electronic platform for acquiring support services in 22 functional areas including Engineering, Financial Management, and Program Management.
CORE COMPETENCIES |
Professional Staff Augmentation
Munitions and Explosives of Concern
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