What is the 8(a) Business Development Program?
The SBA 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program was designed to simplify the federal procurement process for certified business participants. The 8(a) BD Program was developed to enable federal government Program Managers to save time, effort, and cost in the procurement process and to protect the interest of small business concerns. The program serves to preserve free competitive enterprises and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Contracting Officers generally have more comfort with a program that is more established, and they’ve had a chance to use successfully for longer. Of the four set aside programs, the 8(a) program represents the least risk.
Here’s why, at FAR Subpart 19.8:
19.800 General (a) – (c)
Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a) (link is external)) established a program that authorizes the Small Business Administration (SBA) to enter into all types of contracts with other agencies and award subcontracts for performing those contracts to firms eligible for program participation. The SBA’s subcontractors are referred to as “8(a) contractors.” Contracts may be awarded to the SBA for performance by eligible 8(a) firms on either a sole source or competitive basis.
When, acting under the authority of the program, the SBA certifies to an agency that the SBA is competent and responsible to perform a specific contract, the contracting officer is authorized, in the contracting officer’s discretion, to award the contract to the SBA based upon mutually agreeable terms and conditions.
With projects up to $4 Million, the 8(a) BD Program allows for direct contracting without a lengthy competitive process.
Why use eTRANSERVICES' 8(a) contract vehicle?
Choosing an 8(a) Firm allows your organization to work directly with a company that is both experienced and efficient in consulting to develop and implement business, technology and engineering initiatives. The benefits of using an 8(a) contract vehicle include:
If you decide to work with eTRANSERVICES as an 8(a) contractor to support your needs? Here's what to do next:
Agency Offering (FAR 19.804-2)
Write a "Letter of Intent" that follows the guidelines provided in FAR 19.804-2 [8(a) Offer Letter]
Email your "Letter of Intent" to award the procurement to the Richmond SBA for acceptance (Email address: RDOfferLetters@sba.gov)
SBA Acceptance (FAR 19.804-3 & 13 CFR 124.503(a))
SBA's "Letter of Acceptance" will be responded to within the following timelines:
Within 2 working days of receipt (Contracts less than $150K)
Within 5 working days of receipt (Contracts between $150K and $4.0M)
Within 10 working days of receipt (Contracts greater than $4.0M)
$3,500 - $150,000
Up to $4,000,000
Greater than $4,000,000
* Offer Letters should be addressed to: US Small Business Administration - Richmond District Office, 400 North 8th Street, Suite 1150, Richmond, VA 23219-4829
GSA establishes long-term government wide contracts with eTRANSERVICES to provide access to commercial products and services at volume discount pricing. These can be ordered directly from eTRANSERVICES using our GSA Schedules.
FOR FEDERAL AGENCY CUSTOMERS I work for a federal agency and would like to learn more about ordering procedures and guidelines.
FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOV’T CUSTOMERS I work for a state or local government agency and would like to learn more about GSA programs authorized for my use.
Contract No: GS-35F-421BA
Contract Period: 3 Jul 2014 - 2 Jul 2019
Special Item Numbers (SIN) Awards
GSA IT Schedule 70 Information Technology (IT) - The largest and most widely-used acquisition vehicle in the federal government. It features a wide variety of information technology products and services including mobile device and mobile application management (MDM/MAM) tools, automated data processing equipment (firmware), software, cloud computing services, hardware, support equipment, and professional services.
All Federal, State, Local, and Tribal Agencies
Contract # (Pending)
Contract Period: TBD
Special Item Numbers (SIN) Awards
Schedule 874 Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) - The MOBIS program offers a full range of management and consulting services that can improve a federal agency's performance, and their endeavors to meet their mission goals.
MOBIS contractors possess the necessary expertise to facilitate how the federal government responds to a continuous stream of new mandates and evolutionary influence such as the President's Management Agenda, Government Performance and Results Act; Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act, OMB Circular A-76, Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act, government reinvention initiatives such as benchmarking, and streamlining.
All Federal Agencies
The key to our success is the adoption of industry best practices within our unique methodology that will guarantee the successful delivery of services. eTRANSERVICES' methodology enable us to align technologies to improve quality, and foster agility and cost-efficiencies that enable our client's success.
eFAST Period of Performance: 8/21/2013 to 9/30/2024
eTRANSERVICES is a member of The Systems of Systems Consortium (SOSSEC) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). An Other Transaction (OT) is a special vehicle used by federal agencies for obtaining or advancing research and development (R&D) or prototypes. An OT is not a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement, and there is no statutory or regulatory definition of "other transaction". Only those agencies that have been provided OT authority may engage in other transactions.
The Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) Program provides a total solution, encompassing required hardware, software, and IT products, in conjunction with all services needed to integrate a system, network, or other IT service in order to meet a client’s mission requirements. Services and related IT products, encompass the entire life-cycle of a system, include program management and strategy planning, systems/software engineering, enterprise network, cyber security, operation and maintenance, and IT facilities. Services and related products covered under this contract shall be global in reach and the Contractors must be prepared to provide services and deliverables worldwide.
Service Areas Under T4 Contract
The IACs operate as a part of Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), which supports their efforts, and provides additional technical data and research support for the Defense Department.
IAC MAC Pool 1 partner – Raytheon Co.
IAC MAC Pool 2 partner – Delta Constellation Group, LLC
eTRANSERVICES, as a teammate, have seats on the DTIC IAC Pool 1 and Pool 2.
Fifteen leading defense industry firms have each been awarded a maximum $28,000,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ), multiple award research and development contract for the Information Analysis Center program in Pool 1, an unrestricted full and open competitive pool. The 15 contractors may compete for task orders valued over $15 million to perform research & development in support of DoD objectives. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website and the contracting activity was the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
Ten leading defense industry firms have each been awarded a maximum $28,000,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award research and development contract for the competed Information Analysis Center Multiple Award Contract for Department of Defense Information Analysis Center Program Management Office (DoD IAC PMO) sponsored by Defense Technical Information Center. The Pool 2 Partial SB Set-aside, the 10 listed contractors may compete for Task Orders valued at or below $15M under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Oopportunities website and the contracting activity was the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
eTRANSERVICES is member of the Encore II Partners JV team.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has chosen 20 companies for the small business portion of its potential 10-year, $17.5 billion Encore III contract for broad enterprise IT services. Encore is DISA’s main vehicle for IT services that include planning and policy, business process re-engineering, network support and cloud professional services.