With the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veteran Enterprises Contracting for Transformation and Operational Readiness (VECTOR) Pre-Award Notice release, 73 Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSBs) earned the opportunity to celebrate their victories.
But the VECTOR award also means new teaming opportunities for ALL Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) qualified VOSBs with capabilities in any of the VA VECTOR Service Groups of:
1 –Management and Improvement
2 – Analysis
3 – Training
4 – Outreach
5 – Supply Chain
6 – Human Resources and Staffing
CAVEAT: I am not a lawyer, but have read and analyzed the Request for Proposal (RFP) and the resulting Questions and Answers. The emphasis below is mine.
· Per the VA VECTOR RFP paragraph B.1.G.1 (page 6):
Prime contractors may propose different subcontractors at the TO level than initially proposed at the IDIQ level. Contractors in Tier 1 for the base award, will not automatically fall into Tier 1 for subsequent Task Orders. For each TO proposal, the size standards of the proposed team will determine what tier the contractor will be evaluated in for that TO. (For example, prime contractors may be in Tier 1 for the base award, and Tier 2 or 3 for a specific task order proposal.) This provides the flexibility for the prime contractor to build its team to best meet each requirement.”
Beyond the first sentence, this is stating that the SDVOSB winners may bring in non-VOSBs to meet the requirements if necessary. But, contractors will remain more competitive bidding on Task Orders staying within Tier 1 and teaming with other SDVOSBs and VOSBs to accomplish the work in those upcoming Task Order Proposal Requests (Reference paragraph E.14.3.4, page 54).
· And per the solicitation’s Questions and Answers:
4. Can you confirm that per VAAR 852.219-10, the Prime Vendor for each Service Group will be expected to perform at least 50% of the work at the Task Order level?
a. Per the clause, at least 50 percent of the cost of personnel for contract performance will be spent for employees of the concern or employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns.
6. After contract awards, may team members on teams which were not awarded, join other IDIQ teams which were awarded? Post-award, do all IDIQ-level teams need to maintain exclusivity forever (that is, all IDIQ team members are only on one awarded team in a given service area)?
a. Unsuccessful offerors are not precluded from joining successful teams at the Task Order level. Subcontractors must be exclusive in a Service Group for any given Task Order (i.e. teams may change, but subcontractors cannot be proposed on multiple proposals for the same Task Order.)
So, seek opportunities now – the Task Order Proposal Requests will be coming out soon, and the winning companies will need to respond “yes” or “no” to every request. Why not make it a “yes,” with you as part of the team?
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