Cancelled by PIC 98-2

 

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Procurement Information Circular


October 9, 1997

 

SET-ASIDES UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

PURPOSE: To provide guidance regarding 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 procurements in each of four designated industry groups so long as quarterly reviews show that small business has received 40 percent of awards in the construction, refuse systems and related services, and non-nuclear ship repair groups, or 35 percent of awards in the Architect-Engineer (A-E) services group. If NASA does not meet the 40 percent or 35 percent goal for any group, the agency is required to use small business set-asides until the goal is met. In addition, if awards to small business fall below 35 percent for any individual SIC code or FPDS service code within the construction, Architect-Engineer services, or non-nuclear ship repair industry groups, the Agency must reinstitute set-asides for that individual code at those centers that failed to meet the goal, even if the goal for the industry group as a whole is attained. By the same token, full and open competition must be reinstituted once the 35 percent or 40 percent goals are achieved.

As a result of previous reviews, NASA reinstituted full and open competition at all centers for all contracts in SIC Major Group 15 (Building Construction - General Contractors and Operative Builders), for all contracts in SIC Major Group 16 (Heavy Construction Other Than Building Construction - Contractors), and for all refuse systems contracts in FPDS service code S205.

The review for the period ending June 30, 1997, showed that NASA's awards to small business continued to remain below 35 percent in individual SIC codes 1742, 1771, 1791, and 1799. Awards to small business in the A-E industry group also remains below 35 percent. Accordingly, the following guidance is provided.

GUIDANCE: The following contracts are to be set aside for small business:

o All architect-engineer awards at all field installations.

o All construction contracts in SIC code 1742 (Plastering, Drywall, Acoustical and Insulation Work) at Ames Research Center and Headquarters Operations Office for which synopses are issued on or after October 17, 1996.

o All construction contracts in SIC code 1771 (Concrete Work) at Kennedy Space Center for which synopses are issued on or after January 1, 1997.

o All construction contracts in SIC code 1791 (Structural Steel Erection) at Langley Research Center for which synopses are issued on or after October 17, 1996, at Goddard Space Flight Center for which synopses are issued on or after January 1, 1997, and Ames Research Center for which synopses are issued on or after July 1, 1997.

o All construction contracts in SIC code 1799 (Special Trade Contractors, N.E.C.) at Ames Research Center and Stennis Space Center for which synopses are issued on or after January 1, 1997.

These requirements do not apply in the case of contracts reserved for emerging small business, 8(a) awards, or sole source awards.

If it is determined that any procurement under the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program cannot be set aside as required, the individual contract file shall contain a written justification concurred in by the procurement officer.

CANCELLATION: This PIC supersedes PIC 97-4, dated July 1, 1997.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This PIC is effective as dated, and automatically expires January 1, 1998, unless extended, superseded or canceled.

HEADQUARTERS CONTACT: Carol Saric, Code HK, (202) 358-0476; or Tony Diamond, Code K, (202) 358-2088.

Laura Layton

Director, Contract Management Division


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