8(a) Certified Small Disadvantaged Business
The 8(a) program name comes from Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a)) which was drafted to help small companies owned by socially and economically disadvantaged persons develop their business. The SBA certifies participating companies for a period of 9 years and has established guidelines to ensure procurements are professionally executed, fair, effective and compliant.
- A significant benefit from the 8(a) program is that Federated is eligible to receive sole-source contracts without competition as well as set-aside procurement competitions that limit the field of eligible participants to other 8(a) concerns.
- Federated is eligible for price evaluation adjustments when bidding on Full and Open procurements for DoD and NASA. When submitting a bid, the contracting officer adds a weighted factor determined annually by the Dept of Commerce to all other offers.
Contracting Officer’s Advantage
The 8(a) program is the only procurement method that gives Program Managers sole discretion in choosing a contractor team. There are no delays for sole-source selections. There is no requirement for time consuming detailed evaluation of bidders and there is minimal pre-award documentation. An 8(a) contract can be awarded to Federated in 60-90 days, compared to 9-12 months required in the baseline procurement cycle and can help the Program Manager achieve the federally mandated Small Disadvantaged Business goals.
Prime Contractor’s Advantage
The SBA acts as the Prime contractor to provide contract oversight, to ensure the 8(a) business meets delivery goals, and to ensure contract and fiscal compliance.
Trusted Partners and Subcontractors
SBA program rules and regulations recognize that a small business may not possess the entire breadth of skills required by the Program Manager. To that end, 8(a) companies are authorized to subcontract work to other firms; in this way, Federated can tailor contracting teams for a precise match with the requirement. This represents a substantial opportunity for our trusted partners to pursue and develop business lines in areas previously considered beyond their marketing reach because of the SDB set-aside determination.
"“It is with great pleasure that I highlight the outstanding work that Federated has done in support of our group during the last year. Since Federated joined our team they have consistently excelled in their duties and made vital contributions to our critical mission.”"