Superseded by PIC 03-10

02-05

Procurement Information Circular


February 20, 2002

SET-ASIDES UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS

DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

PURPOSE:  To institute or continue small business set-asides under the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program.

 

BACKGROUND:  The Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program requires NASA to use full and open competition for all solicitations in each of four designated industry groups (DIGs) if the anticipated award value exceeds the emerging small business (ESB) reserve amount.  The DIGs are: construction; A&E services; refuse systems and related services; and east coast and west coast non-nuclear ship repair. The ESB reserve amount is $50,000 for A&E services and $25,000 for the other DIGs.  Small business set-asides must be reinstated for solicitations above the ESB reserve amount when an annual Agency review shows that small businesses have not received -

 

1.  Forty percent of dollar awards in a DIG;

 

2.  Thirty five percent of dollar awards for any individual NAICS code within the A&E NAICS subsector even if overall goal attainment in the subsector is 40 percent; or

 

3.  Thirty five percent of dollar awards for any individual NAICS code within the construction NAICS subsectors even if overall goal attainment in the subsectors is 40 percent.

 

Acquisition may be conducted under full and open competition requirement once the annual Agency review determines that the percentages have been achieved.

 

GUIDANCE:  The annual review for the period ending September 30, 2001, indicated that the 35 percent goal for Construction NAICS Codes 23412 and 23521 was not achieved.  Further, the 40 percent goal was not achieved for awards in the A&E services DIG which includes the following NAICS codes:  54131, 54133, 54136, and 54137.  Accordingly, all Centers must use small business set-asides for solicitations expected to exceed the ESB reserve amount for acquisitions under the Construction NAICS Codes specified above.  Additionally, all Centers must use small business set-asides for solicitations expected to exceed the ESB reserve amount for acquisitions under the specified A&E NAICS codes.  If acquisitions cannot be set aside as required, the contract file must contain a written justification, which includes concurrence by the procurement officer.  Please note that these set-aside requirements do not apply to acquisitions reserved for emerging small businesses, 8(a) awards, or sole source awards.

 

CANCELATION:  This PIC supersedes PIC 01-01, dated January 1, 2001.

 

EFFECTIVE DATE:  This PIC is effective as dated and automatically expires December 31, 2002, unless extended, superseded or canceled.

 

HEADQUARTERS CONTACT:  Yolande Harden, Code HK, (202) 358-1279, yharden@mail.hq.nasa.gov.

 

 

 

R. Scott Thompson,

Director, Contract Management Division