For the Contracting Shop:
The federal government's goal is to award five percent of all prime and subcontracting dollars to small, disadvantaged businesses each year. To help meet that goal, you can make set-asides awards for businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development program.
Your responsibilities as a contracting officer in connection with the 8(a) Business Development program are outlined in Title 13 Part 124 Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-13/chapter-I/part-124?toc=1 ) and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) (https://www.acquisition.gov/far/html/Subpart%2019_8.html ).
You can award a sole-source 8(a) contract if:
Contracts worth less than $150,000 are automatically set aside for small businesses. If possible, you can choose to set it aside specifically for businesses in socio-economic programs like the 8(a) programs.
Both the SBA’s regulations (https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-13/chapter-I/part-125/section-125.2 ) and the FAR ( https://www.acquisition.gov/far/html/Subpart%2019_5.html ) require you to consider socio-economic programs first for set-aside contracts worth $150,000 or more. There is no order of preference among the programs.
Benefits of a Directed Award to Hartwood
>Simplifies procurement process for Contracting Officers and Procurement Officials.
> Allows Contracting Officers to work directly with Hartwood without having to solicit bids.
> Cuts through the red tape, saving time and money, facilitating awards in as little as 5 business days.
>Enables quick access to specialized technical skills and expertise.
> Has the added benefit of helping agencies achieve multiple small business goals in addition to 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) because Hartwood is also a certified SDVOSB/ VOSB.
How to engage with Hartwood via the 8(a) Process
SBA Case No. C006SD/ Hartwood Consulting Group (Hartwood) Reference: FAR 19-8
Award: 150,000 - 4,000,000
Bruce Kirkland, Director of Business Development
Phone Number: 540-388-9501
Reed Siems, CEO/Authorized Negotiator
Phone Number: 703-678-8901