Questions Asked: Can You Perform A GSA Contract as an 8(a) Enitity?

Can you perform a GSA contract as an 8(a) entity?

Yes. FAR 8.405-5(a)(1) expressly states that agencies may set aside orders and BPAs for any of the small business concerns identified in 19.000(a)(3). Under the Interim rule, an agency set aside Schedule order and/or Blanket Purchases Agreements (BPA) for any of the socioeconomic programs, (e.g., service disabled veteran owned, women-owned, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business concerns is allowed.

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What does CICA stand for?

The Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) generally governs competition in federal procurement contracting.  Full and open competition under CICA also encompasses full and open competition after exclusion of sources, such as results when agencies engage in dual sourcing or set aside acquisitions for small businesses.


Does a subcontractor need to be aware of your 8(a) status?

Generally speaking, if you are considering entering into a teaming arrangement, full disclosure of your status would be recommended.  This would be a subject that you would discuss while vetting any potential partner.

Is there a website that would indicate a contractor’s performance on a government contract?

Please reference FAR Part 42 – Contract Administration and Auditing Services. This part provides directions and guidance to Federal contracting Officers on the procedures to prepare, collect and validate past performance.

The Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System is a web-enabled system with electronic workflow that reports Contractor performance. CPARS reports are transmitted to the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS) which provides timely and relevant information on Contractor performance for use in source selection. CPARS includes the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) which is a database reporting on terminations for cause or default, defective cost and pricing data, and determinations of non-responsibility. FAPIIS records are created using the FAPIIS module located in CPARS and completed records are then transmitted to PPIRS where they are used to support future acquisitions.

If you have been awarded a federal contract, you have two ways of reviewing your past performance.  You may use your Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN) which is a personal code that your company selects and is registered into the System for Award Management (SAM). Using that number, you may login into PPIRS and read what was written about your performance. The second option is that you will receive a notification from the contracting officer stating that you may review the required Contractor Performance Report.

 –Donna Gaillard, Phyllis Embree


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