Four ways to contract with Steel Point Solutions
1. Sole-Source Directly to Steel Point Solutions
Any federal agency can identify work especially suites for an 8(a) firm and can set-aside the project without releasing it for competitive bids, allowing for a direct award to a nominated 8(a) firm.
2. Sole-Source IDIQ for Steel Point Solutions
When an agency finds an 8(a) company that they would like to utilize on a regular basis, the agency might choose to award a Sole-Source IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) contract. Preparation of this IDIQ is very cost-effective for the agency as it minimizes the length of time involved in contracting out individual task orders. This type of contracting mechanism can be awarded very much like the sole-source contracts described above.
3. BOA with Steel Point Solutions
A BOA (Basic Order Agreement) can also be awarded on a sole-source basis under the 8(a) program. A BOA is a written instrument of understanding, negotiated between an agency, contracting activity, or contracting office and a contractor, that contains the following items:
a. Terms and clauses applying to future contracts (orders) between the parties during its term.
b. A description, as specific as practicable, of supplies or services to be provided.
c. Methods for pricing, issuing, and delivering future orders under the Basic Ordering Agreement.
4. Schedule Order or BPA under Steel Point’s GSA IT 70 Contract Vehicle GS35F329DA
FAR 8.405-5(a)(1) states that agencies may set aside orders and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) for any of the small business concerns identified in 19.000(a)(3) and 19.000(a)(9) allowing for sole source awards to 8(a) participants, HUBZONE, EDWOSB, and WOSB concerns eligible under the WOSB Program. Agencies must take the following steps:
a. Perform market research. Determine if there are small businesses capable of performing the desired work. Given that there are more than 15,000 small business Schedule contract holders, and Schedule contracts focus exclusively on commercial products and services, agencies should easily be able to identify small businesses that are capable and competitive.
b. Include a statement in the RFQ for an order or BPA that will be set aside. The contracting officer should include the following language in the RFQ: “This is a notice that this order is a total set-aside for (insert either “small business concerns” or specify a subset of small business concern). Only quotes submitted by (insert either “small business concerns” or specify a subset of small business concerns) will be accepted by the government. Any quote that is submitted by a contractor that is not (insert either “a small business concern” or specify a subset of small business concern) will not be considered for award.” If using eBuy, this statement will be added automatically to the set-aside RFQ posting. c. Use the same competition rules as provided in FAR 8.405, except limit consideration only to small businesses.
Any of the contracting vehicles described above can be used to provide both services (e.g. Engineering, Program/ Project Management, Financial Management, Training, Technicians) up to $4,000,000, and/or supplies (e.g. Networking Equipment, Servers, Software, Computers) up to $6,500,000. These contracting options provide a quick turnaround from requirement / SOW to Contract Award and can be completed within weeks, enabling Steel Point Solutions, LLC to fulfill any client requirement quickly and efficiently.