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Increasing Opportunities for Small and Local Businesses at the Naval Postgraduate School Through Simplified Acquisitions Contracting

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The Small Business Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulation FAR, numerous policy updates, and memorandums direct the Department of the Navys acquisition community to maximize small business awards and increase access by nontraditional suppliers. This Joint Applied Project JAP examines the barriers, tools, and best practices of small business contracting in the simplified acquisition environment, with particular emphasis on targeting requirements and industries for award to small and non-traditional suppliers. Through the Small Business Reservation SBR, Congress intends that agencies automatically attempt to award contracts below the dollar amount of the Simplified Acquisitions Threshold SAT of 150,000.00 through small business set-asides. In theory, the FAR Part 13 Simplified Acquisitions Procedures SAP is a highly effective tool that can overcome barriers to grow non-traditional and small business suppliers to receive experience, revenue, and positive past performance. The Department of Defense DoD and the Department of the Navy DON leaders are concerned the SAT contracts are disproportionately benefitting large firms across entire North American Industrial Category System NAICS categories. The SAP environment is a flexible tool in government contracting in which to procure from small business vendors. In December 2011, the Naval Postgraduate School NPS was granted SAP contracting authority to award fixed firm priced contracts below the simplified acquisition dollar threshold of 150,000.00. As a result, NPS is in an ideal position to serve as the test case for an innovative model of fundamental principles which utilizes best practices of small business contracting. Specifically, this foundational model identifies the tools and best practices to overcome the barriers to small business SAT level awards in the Open Market and Indefinite Delivery Vehicle IDV contracting vehicles.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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