National Supply Network (Owner and Operator of Contractor Supply Network ) was certified on November 19th 2014, certification number 52166.
CONTRACTING WITH A HUBZONE CERTIFIED BUSINESS:
National Supply Network (Owner of CSN) is now a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) certified small business. The HUBZone program is part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997 as
part of the Federal Government's efforts to promote economic
development and employment growth in these distressed areas by providing
access to federal contracting opportunities. The Hubzone program is
adminstered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and encourages
economic development in historically underutilized business zones
(HUBZones) by establishing preferences for participant businesses.
There are four types of contract types under the HUBZone program:
- A competitive HUBZone contract can
be awarded if the Contracting Officer has a reasonable expectation that
at least two qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers and
that the contract can be awarded at a fair market price.
- A sole source HUBZone contract can
be awarded if the Contracting Officer does not have a reasonable
expectation that two or more qualified HUBZone small businesses will
submit offers, determines that the qualified HUBZone small business is
responsible, and determines that the contract can be awarded at a fair
price. The government estimate cannot exceed $5.5 million for
manufacturing requirements or $3.5 million for all other requirements.
- A full and open competition contract can
be awarded with a price evaluation preference. The offer of the HUBZone
small business will be considered lower than the offer of a
non-HUBZone/non-small business, providing that the offer of the HUBZone
small business is not more than 10 percent higher than that of the
- A subcontract could be awarded by a large prime contractor. Federal rules require these contractors to include HUBZone contracting goals.
HUBZONE SOLE SOURCE AWARD PROCEDURES
sole source or no-bid contract is awarded when there is only one
company that can provide the contractual services needed, and any
attempt to obtain bids would only result in one company being available
to meet the need. It is awarded usually, but not always, by a government
group after soliciting and negotiating with only one firm. The general
process is to:
- Determine the need for a sole source contract.
- Evaluate the contractor's offer.
- Submit a sole source justification.
- Receive approval for the sole source award.
- Proceed with standard agency purchasing procedures.
evaluation for a sole source award is substantially different from a
competitive evaluation. The cost evaluation becomes even more important
because the government is in a weak negotiating position. The auditors
are generally limited to reviewing labor costs, subcontractor proposals,
material costs, overhead and general and administrative expenses.
technical evaluation is limited to a review of the technical proposal
to ensure that what the offeror is proposing will meet the full needs of
the government (per its solicitation). The technical representatives of
the project team perform a review of design and production hours, which
is integrated into the auditor's analysis to help provide a strong
position for the negotiations.
lead time for processing of a sole source award can vary depending on
the dollar threshold of the requirement, whether the item is commercial
or noncommercial, and whether the item is available via a U.S. General
Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule.
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