Canceled by PIC 04-05

03-10

Procurement Information Circular


April 3, 2003

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.

 

Set-asides apply only at those centers that have not met the applicable percentages, and the full and open competition requirement is resumed once the annual Agency review determines that the percentages have been achieved.

 

GUIDANCE: The annual review for the period ending September 30, 2002, indicated that the 40 percent goal was not achieved in the Refuse Systems and Related Services DIG. The 35 percent small business participation individual goal was not achieved for NAICS Code 562111 at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Johnson Space Center (JSC) or Glenn Research Center (GRC). Accordingly, GSFC, JSC and GRC must utilize small business set asides for solicitations expected to exceed the ESB reserve amount for acquisitions under this NAICS.  The contract file must contain written justification with Procurement Officer concurrence, if the acquisitions cannot be set aside as required.

 

The 40 percent goal was not achieved for awards in the A&E Services DIG.  The 35 percent small business participation individual goal was not achieved for NAICS code 541310 at Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Kennedy Space Center (KSC), or Langley Research Center (LaRC). Additionally 35 percent small business participation individual goal was not achieved for NAICS code 541330 at Ames Research Center (ARC), GSFC, JSC, LaRC or Stennis Space Center (SSC).  Accordingly, the referenced Centers must utilize small business set-asides for solicitations expected to exceed the ESB reserve amount for acquisitions under the respective NAICS Codes specified above.  The contract file must contain written justification with Procurement Officer concurrence, if the acquisitions cannot be set aside as required.

 

Please note that these set-aside requirements do not apply to acquisitions reserved for emerging small businesses, 8(a) awards, or sole source awards.

 

CANCELLATION: This PIC supersedes PIC 02-05, dated February 20, 2002.

 

EFFECTIVE DATE: This PIC is effective as dated, and automatically expires January 31, 2004, unless extended, superseded or canceled.

 

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

 

 

R. Scott Thompson,

Director, Contract Management Division