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“Top 6″ reasons Federal buyers prefer the 8(a) program:

  1. You want it NOW! - The 8(a) procurement process produces contracts in a few weeks versus many months.

  2. You want it your way - You can discuss your real needs with us and we can help you achieve them within your budget and schedule.

  3. You want to reduce the pain in getting it your way - The 8(a) procurement process requires less time, less paperwork and tons of less bureaucracy than most other methods.

  4. You don’t want to be told from whom to buy - The competitive procurement process often produces a “selected contractor” that is not whom you preferred.

  5. You want the “best value” - A low price does not guarantee best value. Federal government buyers, like all of us, will often pay a small premium for intangible contractor qualities, such as “reputation”, “chemistry” and availability of key personnel.

  6. You don’t want any hassles from those that you considered but decided not to buy from - Unlike all other procurements, an 8(a) award is not subject to “sour-grape”, “time wasting” and “career-ending” protests from the losing bidders.

What are advantages of using NetBrain Consulting. for my requirements? 

Contracts can be directly awarded to NetBrain Consulting, an 8(a) firm, under $3M, without much of the normal contracting process overheads:

  • A qualified 8(a) firm is considered to be a lock-tight sole source justification which means Justification & Approval (J&A) is not required for contract award per FAR 6.204, FAR 6.302-5(b)(4), and 15 U.S.C. 637

  • 8(a) contracts are one of the exceptions listed in FAR 5.202(a)(4), which waive the requirement to publish the synopses of contract actions for section 8(a) of the Small Business Act

  • Can continue to use same 8(a) firm for follow-on contracts per FAR 19.805-2(d).

  • 8(a) contracts can be issued much quicker than other processes, even IDIQ type task orders

  • Even over the $3M threshold, SBA may accept sole source if there is not a reasonable expectation that at least two eligible and responsible 8(a) firms will submit offers at a fair market price per FAR 19.805-1(b).

  • As a small business, we inherently have low overhead structure and costs. With technical competence and competitive rates, we strive to provide “the best value” service to our clients.

What are the steps required for 8(a) contract award to NetBrain Consulting for my requirements?

1.  The Government program manager or interested party develops a statement of work, prepares government estimate, and obtains the necessary funding. “Recommend sole source award to 8(a) firm, NetBrain Consulting, Cage Code 4P1X9″

2.  The Government program manager or interested party chooses NetBrain Consulting to perform the work and submits a procurement request to the agency contracting officer.

3.  The agency contracting officer prepares and submits an "Offer Letter" to NetBrain Consulting's SBA Business Development Specialist, Mrs. Sandra Vasquez (sandra.magallon@sba.gov).

4.  SBA processes the Offer Letter and returns it to the agency contracting officer who submits the Statement of Work and Request for Proposal or Quotation to NetBrain Consulting.

5.  NetBrain Consulting submits the proposal which is evaluated and negotiated (if necessary) by the agency.

6.  The contract is awarded to NetBrain Consulting.