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8(a) Sole Source Contracting with RSSi is fast and easy. The process is:

    1. Contact RSSi in order to discuss project details such as price estimates, time frame, and technical requirements.

    2. Contact your Contracting Officer (CO) or Agency Small Business Specialist for assistance and provide a package that includes the requirements description, estimated period of performance, applicable NAICS code, anticipated dollar value, etc.

    3. Your CO will send an Offering Letter to the SBA requesting permission to conduct sole source negotiations with RSSi. The 8(a) Offering Letter goes to:Mr. John Kelly/8(a) Business Development Washington Metropolitan Area District Office 740 15th Street, NW; Third Floor Washington, DC 20005. The Offering Letter should include the following information:

      • A description of the work to be performed;
      • The estimated period of Performance;
      • The NAICS Code that applies to the principal nature of the acquisition;
      • The anticipated dollar value of the requirement, including options, if any;
      • Any special restrictions or geographical limitations on the requirement;
      • Any special capabilities or disciplines needed for contract performance;
      • The type of contract to be awarded, such as firm fixed price, cost reimbursement, or time and materials;
      • The acquisition history, if any, of the requirement;
      • The names and addresses of any small business contractors which have performed on this requirement during the previous 24 months;
      • A statement that prior to the offering no solicitation for the specific acquisition has been issued as a small business set-aside, or as a small disadvantaged business set-aside if applicable, and that no other public communication (such as a notice on FBO) has been made showing the procuring activity’s clear intent to use any of these means of procurement;
      • Identification of any specific participant that the procuring activity contracting officer nominates for award of a sole source 8(a) contract, if appropriate, including a brief justification for the nomination, such as one of the following: (i) The Participant, through its own efforts, marketed the requirement and caused it to be reserved for the 8(a) BD program; or (ii) The acquisition is a follow-on or renewal contract and the nominated concern is the incumbent;
      • Bonding requirements, if applicable, (almost never a requirement in our NAICS codes);
      • Identification of all Participants which have expressed an interest in being considered for the acquisition;
      • Identification of all SBA field offices which have requested that the requirement be awarded through the 8(a) BD Program;
      • A request, if appropriate, that a requirement whose estimated contract value is under the applicable competitive threshold be awarded as an 8(a) competitive contract; and
      • Any other information that the procuring activity deems relevant or which SBA requests.
      • Include a Statement of Work (SOW).
      • Include contact person’s name, telephone, E-mail address, physical address, and FAX Number.

    4. SBA will confirm eligibility of RSSi and authorize negotiations between your CO and RSSi to begin.

    5. Following completion of negotiations, have your CO prepare a contract award document and send to RSSi for signature.

    6. Once the signed contract from RSSi has been received, your CO can sign the contract and send it to SBA.

    7. All steps have been completed and contract performance can now begin.

It's that simple. If you have any questions about this process or how RSSi can help you achieve your goals please contact us.

RSSi POC Technical: John Barrass 571.375.2299 jbarrass@rss-i.com

RSSi POC Contracts 571.375.2299 contracts@rss-i.com