Does your business qualify for the HUBzone program?

The Small Business Administration’s “HUBZone” or “Historically Underutilized Business Zone program” provides special assistance to businesses within these defined zones, usually around Native American Reservations and military bases.

To find out if you business falls within one of the HUBZones, take a look at the HUBZone Maps at the SBA.

To qualify, it is also required that

  • It must be a small business by SBA standards;
  • It must be owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, or an Indian tribe;
  • Its principal office must be located within a “Historically Underutilized Business Zone,” which includes lands considered “Indian Country” and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act; and
  • At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

To learn more about the application process, visit applying for the HUBZone Program, or take a look at a variety of related topics at SBA’s website.

If you require special assistance or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@ezgsa.com !

FAR Update

FAR Subpart 4.17, Service Contracts Inventory, requires service contractors with contracts containing either FAR clause 52.204-14 or 52.204-15 to submit a Service Contract Report (SCR) to the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) at the end of each Fiscal Year.

FAR clauses 52.204-14 and 52.204-15 should be contained in all of the following types of service contracts:

  • Cost-reimbursement, time-and-materials, and labor-hour service standalone contracts or orders with a total value above the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT);
  • Fixed-price definite-delivery service contracts with a total value at or above $500,000;
  • Indefinite-delivery contracts where the estimated total value meets either of the above criteria; and
  • First-tier subcontracts for services.

The initial service contract reporting window will remain open until December 15, 2016, and all service contractors are encouraged to submit their responses during that time-frame.  

It is extremely important that all service contractors comply with the reporting requirement. Contractors should be reminded that a failure to comply with the service contract reporting requirements must be documented as part of a contractor’s performance evaluation as required by FAR Subpart 42.15.

Further Information:

Please follow this link for an instructional GSA YouTube video on the SCR submission process.

Please review the SCR Quick Start Guide.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@ezgsa.com or 301-913-5000

https://youtu.be/kMbcM9myWjo

Marketing Tip of the week: Expiring Contracts

When a government contract ends, there is a likelihood that the particular agency will again need the things they bought before. Like a yearly grocery list, they buy the same types of things over and over again.

Knowing contract end dates are essential to winning new business. By researching for existing contracts that will be expiring in the next 6 months, you’ll be able to determine:

  • the status of the current project
  • if it’s going to be up for “re-compete”
  • what the incumbent did to win the original
  • the likely parameters of the forthcoming RFP
  • the strengths and weaknesses of your competition

—and you’ll have this information well in advance of the RFP, giving your team ample time to prepare .

For more information or for research and marketing assistance, call EZGSA @301-913-5000

Need-to-Know Tidbits About Schedule 65IIA

In trying to modify a client’s GSA Schedule 65IIA, we have had to deal with some changes in the solicitation and wanted to make you all aware of potential problems.

First, Contracting Officers are no longer allowing distributors to provide Letters of Supply and now require all such letters to originate from the manufacturer only.

Secondly, the solicitation now requires that the facilities where all devices are manufactured be registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This has proven troublesome for resellers on the Schedule, especially those who have previously honored agreements with manufacturers that now balk at this extra level of administrative oversight.

If you have questions or need help dealing with an issue such as this, contact us at admin@ezgsa.com or 301-913-5000.