GSC Adds to its Certifications
Looking to partner or contract with a seasoned firm that provides three hard to meet socio-economic certifications? Well, look no further. Friday, July 1, 2016, Greene Street Communications, LLC (GSC), a full-service marketing and public relations firm, became a part of the coveted U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. This new certification, in combination with our existing Woman-Owned Small Business and HUBZone certifications provides your agency or firm with a cost-effective, professional, and reliable option for both small and large projects.
For close to 20 years, GSC’s talented staff has provided full-service video production, graphic design, marketing and public relations services to government and commercial clients. Our current and past customers include, MetLife, Inc., Boston Public Schools, the World Health Organization, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Defense, Fresno Unified School District and many others.
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Subcontracting: One of the goals of the 8(a) program is to allow non-8(a) contractors to expand their scope of services. Therefore, the 8(a) contractor is permitted, with approval of the SBA, to subcontract a portion of this work to other qualified firms. While subcontracting is restricted to maintain the integrity of the program as an opportunity for disadvantaged businesses, subcontracting limits can be as high as 85 percent, depending on the industry. Contractors develop valuable relationships, while the client benefits from a qualified, experienced, well-rounded team.
Opportunity 1: Sole-Source Directly to Greene Street Communications, LLC
Any federal agency can identify work especially suited for an 8(a) firm and can set-aside the project without advertising in FedBizOpps. This allows the Federal Agency to directly award a professional service contract to this 8(a) firm without lengthy contracting delays.
If this option is chosen, the steps typically followed are:
The project manager or interested party identifies a statement of work, prepares a government estimate and earmarks funds.
The agency chooses Greene Street Communications, LLC to perform the work
An authorization to negotiate is obtained from the SBA by filling out a Small Business Coordination Record form. The interested party may consult with their Small Business Program Office and/or the contracting office in order to complete the Business Coordination Record or a Procurement Request Form, depending on the agency. Federal departments have different forms; for example, the DOD and its agencies use DD Form 2579.
The prepared contract documents must include the following statement: "Request procurement be made pursuant to Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act 15 U.S.C. 637(a) and in accordance with FAR 19.8."
Once the procurement request has been made, the Small Business Deputy or the Contract Officer prepares an offer letter or a proposed project form (FAR 19.804-2).
After the offering information is received and processed by the SBA, the process returns to the Contracting Officer who submits the Scope of Work and Request for Quotation to GSC.
GSC submits its proposal and the package is evaluated and negotiated (if necessary) by the agency.
The contract is awarded.
Opportunity 2: Sole-Source IDIQ for Greene Street Communications, LLC
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 Security Services 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 and it is not as costly and time-consuming to award as a competitive IDIQ. This type of contracting mechanism can be awarded very much like the sole-source contracts described above.
Opportunity 3: BOA with Greene Street Communications, LLC
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:
Terms and clauses applying to future contracts (orders) between the parties during its term.
A description, as specific as practicable, of supplies or services to be provided.
Methods for pricing, issuing, and delivering future orders under the Basic Ordering Agreement
Greene Street Communications, LLC
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