CANCELLED BY PIC 08-03

06-04

Procurement Information Circular


January 31, 2006

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, in accordance with the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program Act of 1988, as amended, and FAR Subpart 19.10.

 

BACKGROUND: The Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program requires NASA to use full and open competition for all solicitations in each of five designated industry groups (DIGs) if the anticipated award value exceeds the emerging small business (ESB) reserve amount. The DIGs are: construction; non-nuclear ship repair; architectural and engineering (A&E) services; refuse systems and related services; and landscaping and pest control services. (The landscaping and pest control services DIG was added to the program on March 9, 2005.) 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 forty percent of the dollar awards in a DIG.

 

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, 2005, indicated that the 40 percent goal was not achieved in one DIG, 3. Architectural and Engineering Services (including surveying and mapping). The small business participation individual center goal was not achieved by the specified centers for the NAICS codes listed below.

 

FY 05 Non-Achieving Center

NAICS

Description

ARC

541310

Architectural Services

GRC

541330

Engineering Services

KSC

541330

Engineering Services

MSFC

541330

Engineering Services

 

 

 

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.

 

CANCELLATION: This PIC supersedes PIC 05-06, dated May 11, 2005.

 

EFFECTIVE DATE: This PIC is effective as dated and remains in effect until superseded or canceled.

 

HEADQUARTERS CONTACT: Patrick Flynn, Contract Management Division, (202) 358-0460, patrick.flynn@nasa.gov.

 

 

Lou Becker

Acting Director, Contract Management Division

 

 

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