The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program was designed to simplify the federal procurement process for certified business participants, such as GovSmart. The 8(a) Program was developed to enable federal government Program Managers to save time, effort and cost in the procurement process and to protect the interests of small business concerns. Overall, this program serves to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
With projects up to $7 million for certain types of hardware ($4M for software/services), the 8(a) Program allows for directed contracting without a lengthy competitive process. This allows a project to begin in a timely manner. In speeding up the process, time sensitive projects can get started in days instead of months.
Choosing GovSmart allows your organization to work directly with a company that is both experienced and efficient in consulting to develop and implement business technology solutions. The benefits of using an 8(a) contract vehicle include:
Following are the steps to use the SBA 8(a) Program to work with GovSmart (as defined in the Code of Federal Regulation, Title 13, Chapter I):
Step 1: Define scope of project (Sec.124.502(a)).
Step 2: Send letter of intent to SBA district officer (Sec. 124.502(b)).
The written letter of intent to award procurement to GovSmart should be emailed to Shirelle Taliaferro, our Business Development Specialist at the SBA via email [email protected] or fax (202) 481-4903. You may also contact her directly at (804) 253-8907. Address: Suite 1150, 400 North 8th Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Please include the following in the letter:
Step 3: SBA accepts offer within 3 (if contract is below $4M) to 10 (if it is above $4M) days of receiving letter of intent (Sec 124.503(a)).
Step 4: Either an SBA delegated contract or a three-party agreement is signed within 3 days of receipt (Sec 124.508(a-c)).
IT Schedule 70 delivers federal, state, and local customer agencies the tools and expertise needed to shorten procurement cycles, ensure compliance, and obtain the best value for innovative technology products, services, and solutions. With more than 7.5 million products and services available, federal agencies, as well as civilian, state and local organizations, continue to maximize budgets and reduce buying cycles by up to 50 percent over open market.
Providing the latest in commercial Information Technology (IT) products and services, the NASA Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) contract vehicle has an outstanding track record of serving up fresh technology for Federal Agencies. SEWP is a Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) consisting of 145 Competed Prime Contract Holders, including 119 small businesses.
Small Business categories include:
The SEWP contracts offer a vast selection and wide range of commercial advanced technology, including, desktops and servers, IT peripherals, network equipment, storage systems, security tools, software products, cloud based services, telecommunication, Health IT, video conferencing systems and other IT and Audio-Visual products along with product based services such as installation and maintenance to all Federal Agencies (including Department of Defense) and their approved support service contractors. SEWP offers low prices (generally below GSA schedule prices), the lowest surcharge (0.39%) and the easiest and fastest ordering procedure using pre-competed contracts.
Through SEWP, Agencies can find an exact fit for their needs at the best overall value by choosing the right solutions offered directly by leading hardware and software manufacturers and experienced Government integrators.
SEWP V contracts are firm fixed price contracts that offer a wide variety of IT products and product based services, including:
GovSmart has the ability to bid on small-business set-asides for most types of IT hardware and software. We qualify as a small business under the 3-series manufacturing NAICS codes, as well as 541519 (Value Added Reseller).
GovSmart does not shy away from Full and Open Competition Opportunities. Our manufacturer and partner relationships make us very competitive on even the largest purchases.